For the full reviews of this week’s episodes:
Alli & Drew
Both Alli and Drew were annoying in Part 1. I didn’t like how we didn’t truly know why Drew was acting sketchy, until Part 2 (when they told us literally within the first minute of the episode starting. Alli and Drew are two characters that I could care less about seeing on screen, but I do have to admit their acting improved in Part 2.
With that said, I don’t buy into them as a couple. I just see them as two superficial people who will eventually get bored of each other, and I don’t feel like there’s any spark between the two. I can’t rave about their plot, but it’s not terrible either…just ok.
Sav & Holly J
I’m well aware (and they let us know this as well) that Sav and Holly J are NOT a longterm thing. For Holly J, Sav is just a rebound. For Sav, Holly J is just someone to “keep him busy.” Still, I love every moment of them together because of the awesome chemistry they have with each other.
Holly J’s character boasts an instant rebound from her OOC ways. I attribute this kind of plot being successful to the growing maturity of the characters and actors, especially Sav (Ray Ablack). Holly J (Charlotte Arnold) has been good for a while now. But I just imagine this plot being terrible and unconvincing if it had happened at any point before this season.
Connor’s Online Girlfriend
There really isn’t much to say about this plot that I haven’t already said in my reviews of Part1 and Part 2. It’s a storyline that’s been a long time coming, and it’s a good fit for Connor. He and Wesley have surprised me with their presence of the last several episodes. While this is all just a setup, it leaves me excited to find out what happens when Connor and LoveQueen16 actually meet (and the aftermath that follows).
The fact this plot is so good is shocking, but at the same time not really. I think it’s just surprising to watch a storyline that has literally been OVERhyped for as long as it has, and it actually live up to that hype. Also, because it’s a groundbreaking storyline, I can’t see actress Jordan Todosey and director Phil Earnshaw not winning an award because of this episode.
Anya showed (once again) that she can nail the emotional act. Though I understand the meaning of the scene with the volcano, for me it wasn’t as emotional as her delivering the news of her mom’s cancer to Holly J. This (just like Connor’s online gf plot) is a storyline that should’ve been touched on already, and I’m glad they’re doing it. I also hope this isn’t a storyline that just trails off. The whole “they caught it early” thing leaves wiggle room for a happy (or not so happy ending), but I do want to see more of Anya having to deal with this situation, as well as balance life at school.
Dave & Ms. Oh
I don’t really like Dave this season. He’s gone from JT/Toby comedy to behaving like Derek and Danny, two characters who tried WAY too hard to be funny.
I really don’t have an opinion of Ms. Oh yet. Over the years the teachers at Degrassi have gone from being connected to the students on a much deeper level (Mr. Simpson and Ms. Hatilakos were best at this), to basically playing a straight-up teacher role. It’s hard to care about them when nearly every scene is them strictly going over the day’s lesson plans.
For the record…….I am enforcing a “No Spoilers” ban on myself for these final two weeks of The Boiling Point. That includes promos as well. These last 8 episodes are supposed to be super intense…you guys can talk spoilers all you want, but I don’t want to know any more than I have to…I wanna be completely surprised!
With that said, here’s promos (that I have not watched) about next week’s episodes: