[WARNING: THIS EPISODE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qXnetXfVRI
MAIN PLOT: Drew is Riley’s competition for QB.
I loved Riley’s storylines in Season 9, and nothing much has changed so far. Riley still hasn’t “come out” to the entire school, and he has no plans on doing so. So he asks Zane to cool it as far as their interaction in public goes. But Zane joins the football team, and Riley’s frustrated because he doesn’t want his “cover blown.”
It’s unintentionally blown anyway, when Drew finds out about Riley and Zane, and since he wants to be QB too, he threatens to tell the team Riley’s secret if Riley doesn’t “step aside for QB 1.” Drew isn’t homophobic: blackmailing Riley with his sexuality is just what he can use to get what he wants. I love this plot’s cliffhanger; Riley suggests to Owen that they do something to Drew, and Riley’s face as the screen cuts to black indicates Riley has no intentions of holding back.
I love the acting of Argiris Karras and Shannon Kook-Chun. And I love how they’re both gay, but have completely different perspectives on their sexuality.
SUBPLOT 1: Alli tries to join the Power Squad.
Alli is quickly falling down the ranks of favorite characters in my eyes, because her level of shallowness (which was cute in Seasons 8 and 9) has reached a level of ridiculous in Season 10. She tries to join the Power Squad, hoping it’ll make her part of the cool group at school.
But she fails. And her way of retaliating is by creating her own squad (which she’ll do in Part 2). If I were Clare, I’d punch Alli in the face. Alli spends the entire episode whining about how she doesn’t want her high school years spent being an outsider, and wants to have cool friends….and she says all this to Clare. I’m offended for Clare (even if Clare thought of her self as being boring/lame, don’t complain to your best friend about wishing you had cooler friends).
It’s an ok setup, but I expect things to improve once Alli actually creates her dance team.
SUBPLOT #2: Jenna starts getting jealous of the attention KC’s getting.
No much happens in the subplot, but there really is no rush. KC’s getting good grades, and joins the football team. Suddenly he receives attention from other girls, and Jenna doesn’t like that.
While they’re sitting together, KC’s phone rings…and rings…and rings. He doesn’t answer it, and Jenna thinks it’s a girl. Well it is…but it’s not the kind of girl she’s thinking of.
I love how Degrassi is taking advantage of all these extra episodes, and taking time to slowly build up to some of the plots instead of having to jump right into the middle of them. 99 Problems 1 and 2 are the setup for KC’s plot in Better Off Alone….genius!