[WARNING: THIS EPISODE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7NgkPQIGao
MAIN PLOT: Alli wants Drew to be her boyfriend.
There’s really not much to Drew and Alli’s “relationship,” other than the fact they have completely different views on what they want; Alli wants to be an official couple, while Drew isn’t “into labels.”
This plot is annoying by the end because I’m forced to have to pick between the lesser of two evils, and even then I’d rather choose to see more of Kenna’s PDA instead. Drew behaves sketchy the entire time, turning down Alli’s invite to the dance in order to do homework…on a Friday night (they used to use that excuse all the time on Degrassi Junior High).
Meanwhile, Alli is overly persistent in trying to get what she wants (for him to go to the dance, and to commit to her), so she does Drew’s history assignment. It gets him in trouble, and only pushes him further away.
The key to the story is knowing why Drew is acting so shady, and though the obvious reason is so he can fool around with other girls, there’s no moment within the story that declares his intentions (without suspicion). Both Alli and Drew are unlikable in this plot, which is a storyline rarity, and without having a side I prefer over the other the story in Part 1 leaves me hanging…but not in a good way.
SUBPLOT 1: Sav and Holly J become closer.
The Band Slam has been canceled, so Sav and Holly J come up with the idea to a have dance at Above The Dot. It also appears that Sav has a crush on Holly J, and the feeling is sort of mutual. Sav asks her to hang out and they do so at Holly J’s job, and then Sav kisses her while they’re playing around with balloons.
It’s probably just me, but I don’t get why people think they’re AS random as people who dislike them as a potential couple think. Some reasons for why I think this plot worked:
1) Their chemistry is great. Now that Holly J is no longer acting OOC, she’s back to normal (for now), and I still think she’s strongest female character on the show. Ray’s acting has improved greatly this season; the maturity of his character (aka he’s done playing the pseudo comic relief guy) has helped as well. Two good characters should always work well together onscreen.
2) They’re both vulnerable. Holly J’s coming off of a breakup and all the stress that came with the relationship. Sav’s been grounded, so the only things he’s involved with is class and student council. He just needs “someone to be nice to him right now,” and the same goes for Holly J. Plus they work together on student council, so the idea that they’d naturally become closer is realistic.
3) There’s already history there of Holly J liking Sav dating back to Season 7. Anyone who thinks Holly J would be backstabbing Anya if things go further doesn’t realize that their relationship as “best friends” has always been a paper-thin, superficial affair. And I LOL at any character who uses the term “love of my life” to describe their feelings for someone on DEGRASSI (considering all teen couples on the show are doomed from the beginning).
But for the record…just because I like the idea of Sally J, it doesn’t mean I think they’re going to be together forever or something. These two happen to mesh well together to make their potential romance enjoyable to watch.
SUBPLOT 2: Connor has an online girlfriend.
Connor has a girlfriend…even if she is just online. He spends too much time playing online that he’s worn out and is no longer participating in what’s happening in the real world. He and LoveQueen16 take things up a notch when she gives Connor her phone number.
I like this plot because it’s a perfect fit for Connor. Plus the whole geek gamer falling for an online girl thing is a plot that Degrassi should’ve done a long time ago. They’ve got a nice track record for online-relationship storylines; Emma’s was ok and Darcy’s was great, so I’m optimistic about this.