[WARNING: THIS EPISODE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]

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I have somewhat mixed feelings about Halo.  I thought Part 1 was superior to Part 2 and that’s disappointing, given that the episode as a whole went so downhill after jumping out to a pretty great start.

PLOT A:  Jenna thinks Sav likes her.

Jenna, KC and Jess admire Jenna's wishing star.

Still hopped up on prenatal pills and KC still acting like a guy you’d find on Maury, Jenna is frustrated beyond belief.  Little does she know that KC still isn’t over her…however, she thinks he wants to get back together when she receives one of the Power Squad’s wishing star and assumes he sent it.  Jenna invites him to her prenatal class.  He agrees, however, he ends up being a no show.  Sav (who by this point has already asked Jenna to do a duet with him at the dance), confesses that he sent the wishing star, and as a friendly gesture offers to go to prenatal class with her.

As a result of the class, the star and the duet, Jenna is head over heels for Sav now.  She kisses Sav, who is taken aback, then brags to Holly J about it.  Holly J reveals that she and Sav are dating, and scoffs at the idea that Jenna will steal him from her.  Sav wastes no time telling Jenna that he’s not interested, and while talking the situation over with Holly J, she devastates Sav by telling him that she slept with Declan.  Meanwhile, KC feels like an ass for standing Jenna up, and knowing that another guy sent her a wishing star makes him realize how much he still cares about her.

Sav tries to pick Jenna's nose during their duet, but he misses.

So this plot splits into two stories…the one where KC apologizes and he and Jenna get back together again, then the two plot to get Sav and Holly J back together.  They force Holly J to leave work, then trick Sav into jumping into a limo at Adam’s secret party, where Jenna fakes going into labor.  There Holly J and Sav apparently talk things out and things go back to normal between the two.

Though I think we got a better acting effort out of Jessica Tyler (I prefer her peppy overacting over being a zombie anyday), I didn’t like how it ended up being nothing more than a ploy to get KC and Jenna back together.  KC’s been adamant about not being involved (even if he still wants to date Jenna), so their reunion just seemed extremely random.  The whole Holly J/Sav issue seemed anticlimactic.  After making a big deal out of Holly J sleeping with Declan, I figured they’d  spend more than just a side plot of a main plot delving into the dynamics of their relationship, which is far less casual than they’ll admit.  On a side note, it was almost surreal how people at Degrassi were surprised that Holly J and Sav were together, given that we (the viewers) have known about their secret fling all along.

Jenna is the queen of bizarre faces.

At the end of Part 1 I was convinced this plot was headed in the right direction.  But then Holly J vs. Jenna was a non-issue…even if we knew Jenna didn’t have a chance with Sav, it would’ve been nice to play it out. And suddenly KC has his head on straight and now he and Jenna are ‘happily ever after’ for the moment.  Things flowed naturally into Holly J and Sav’s issues, but there was no need for their conflict to be created and resolved so quickly.  I don’t even know why it was brought up at all.  The fact that it was a “finale” episode has no bearings on how I feel about the plot.  It’s not as if they were writing/shooting this episode as if they knew it was going to be a mid-season finale, because they didn’t (that’s up to the networks).  But as an episode that’s 3/4ths of the way through this season (an improvement over the last three seasons), it’s disappointing to watch a storyline succumb to a need to wrap things up so hastily.

PLOT B: Wesley goes on a date with Anya.

Uhhhhhhhh alksemfso;fjslf *insert drooling and babbling here*

Wesley decides to finally cash in on his date with Anya…you know, the one she bid on at the bachelor auction during The Boiling Point.  He decorates her locker with wishing stars, and awkwardly asks her out.  She agrees, feigning excitement, but Wesley is just glad she said yes.  Poor guy is so excited that he ends up having a wet dream about Anya during the middle of class.  To avoid any sticky situations on his date, he buys a supplement called “Happily Ever-Laster,” to quote, “Stop premature ejaculation FAST!!!!”

Wesley reveals his date plans to Anya by randomly showing up in front of Degrassi in a limo…they’re gonna go to dinner and then to Adam’s secret party.  At dinner Wesley gets nervous and spills water on Anya’s dress.  He freaks out and takes a handful of the sex pills, which earns him an erection guaranteed to last longer than four hours and a one-way trip to the hospital with Anya.  While waiting he learns Anya doesn’t like him, but likes Dr. Chris (the doctor in charge of Anya’s mom’s cancer treatment).  Wesley sends Anya for coffee, and she returns to find Wesley gone and Dr. Chris standing there…Wesley had told Dr. Chris that he needed to stay past his shift to have coffee with her.

Wesley's turned on watching her eat cheesesticks. *insert innuendo here*

Man, Wesley is amazing.  He’s surpassed Clare as my favorite character of Season 10.  Not only is he awkwardly entertaining, but he’s a genuine standup guy.  That and I can relate to his extreme awkwardness.  I laughed and cried throughout this plot; a guy has a wet dream AND a super boner in the same episode?  Take that JT and Spinner (though let’s be honest, Spinner’s is still the best boner of all time)!!!  Also, Wesley’s facial expressions and mannerisms sometimes make me tear up almost instantly…like right before he asked Anya out in Part 1, and also when he looked down after realizing Anya liked Dr. Chris. It’s probably because I feel his pain about the whole being told you’re sweet and amazing, but not being good enough to be boyfriend material thing…oh wait, is that my issues bleeding out all over this review? 

Wait…no….that’s definitely a wet dream. 

PLOT C:  Adam plans a party for Fiona.

We're left wondering where Fiona is...

Adam’s crushing hard on Fiona, and decides he can woo her by throwing a New York style party.  He decides to have it at a secret place in the woods Eli and Clare recently discovered…kind of like how Columbus discovered America.  Calling it a “secret place” is lame, so I will now refer to it as The New Ravine;  new because it hasn’t been invaded by drugs, whores and Jay…yet.

Adam goes to great lengths to organize and setup for the party and even lets Fiona know that he’s doing this for her, and she agrees to come.  Everything within the episode (aka the other two plots) lead up to the party, and while everyone else is dealing with their own issues Adam is impatiently awaiting Fiona’s arrival.  He calls Fiona, but she doesn’t answer.  Adam leaves the party, and the final scene is him standing outside of Fiona’s building, leaving a voicemail wondering where she is and if she’s ok.

There wasn’t much to this plot, and it’s an obvious setup for Fadam in the future.  It’s sheer coincidence that this storyline’s cliffhanger aligns with TeenNick and MuchMusic’s fall finale schedule.  Hell yeah it’s leaving us hanging, but I actually like it.  It’s like we’re feeling the same anxiety Adam’s feeling, except we’re gonna feel it for the next few months.

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Posted by Kary

43 Comments

  1. Yeah first post!

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    1. I’m glad your life is now validated. On a Degrassi blog’s comment section.

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  2. At first I was disappointed with this episode, because let’s face it, 3 MONTHS WITHOUT DEGRASSI? Plus, Jenna and KC annoy the crap out of me. But after watching the promo for what’s to come, I feel like they left off at a perfect spot, because now we can anticipate all the epicness that’s on its way!
    This episode also made me totally fall in love with Wesley <3 He was just so charming and sweet! I really hope there's some love for him in the future (:

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  3. I liked part 1 better than part 2 also. I thought part 2 was a little anticlimactic. I felt so bad for Adam at the end I kept hoping Fiona would appear behind him..but nope lol. Anyways the promo was AMAZING and made up for the entire episode. I’m so excited for Fadam..Eclare and Fitz coming back looks exciting too :) why why why is it 3 months away?!

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  4. Wesley was great at this episode. I also like the ones said before me that it left us in the middle of all the good stuff to come. That way we have to wait three months to see what happens next.

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  5. I don’t think It would be called ‘new ravine’ when I first saw it all I thought was ‘terabithia’ haha :)

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    1. Where’s the bridge then, wiseass?

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      1. well, rude person.
        i said “terabithia” not the “bridge to terabithia”
        considering your use of vulgarity i can understand that you can’t take a joke about a television show.

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  6. Thankfully, if you guys remember, Annie tweeted that she was in When Love Takes Over a LOT, so I’m assuming that FADAM has the main plot. ZILEY in The Way We Get By, ECLARE in Jesus, Etc., presumably Riley in Hide And Seek, Alli in Chasing Pavements, and a bunch of people in Drop The World. PS there’s an interview on http://WWW.Ology.com which basically confirms Johnny has an expected return. In it, Melinda Shankar says, “Well as you all know, Alli’s had a couple of serious relationships in the past. So let’s just say we may touch up on one of those relationships again?” Common sense tells you it’s Johnny, as he was her first kiss, and another interview confirms that Drew is getting another girlfriend, which is presumably Bianca, judging by pictures and promos and whatnot.

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    1. I hope Johnny is coming back! He is one of my favorite characters because he’s different. It’s a character that I would love to see turn good and become mature. I have a hunch that when Alli is “missing” she’ll somehow run into Johnny.

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  7. Anyway, I though part 2 was a total let. The Kenna scenes and lines hust kinda pissed me off. Adam made me so sad…..and Wesley IS the man….too bad Dr.Chris still think Anya’s a college student:p heheh
    And yes the Eclare scene was sweet, but I just get this terrible feeling the writers are setting this up for failure
    Ugh I can’t wait until 2011, but at the same time maybe get me started on school work….essay…college applications..-_-

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  8. I have to say, I think they knew this would be a mid season finale.

    Especially if the next episodes are Valentine’s Day episodes.

    This episode gave you more of a cliffhanger than other episodes, and it went along with the usual dance to end a Degrassi season. Degrassi ends a lot of things with dances.

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    1. They usually end things with dances. This was more of a party. And they only end one thing with parties – JT’s life.

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  9. I have been watching DeGrassi for EONS and it is amazing I still do –because they take so much time off – -they are so sporadic over their characters and storyline — Did they throw Holly J and Sav together because the actor playing Declan took another job? I like Adam and Fiona because the actors at least make it seem plausible (not like Holly J & Sav). Are they going to make Dave go to the sidelines (he is a very good and likeable actor). I miss Ali (but I know she is doing other projects outside Degrassi) Eli & Clare are believeable. I hope I am still interested by the time they get back from hiatus!

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  10. I think it’s really weird how they left Adam/Fiona in a cliffhanger at the end but then showed them together in the promo. Honestly the only part of the episode that I liked was Wesley and Anya’s plot. Anya is gorgeous and Wesley is adorable. :)

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    1. Definently the best partt!!:) I lovee Wesley..with a freakin passion..

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  11. They should so call the new spot narnia

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    1. They should continue to call it the Ravine, and one day come across the van that Emma got an STI in.

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  12. for my review click on my name plz :) seriosly….

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  13. i really liked this episode as a whole but no degrassi for 3 months:(

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  14. I was really disappointed in the Jenna vs Holly J. There was a build up at the end of Halo part 1. But then nothing, like it never happened.

    The boyfriend stealer vs the queen bee! Manny and Paige anyone?

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  15. Does anyone else think these finales need to be at least an hour long…the whole thing just felt rushed so that the writers could fit as many characters in as possible

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  16. I was honestly hoping for a bigger cliffhanger than what they gave us. Sure, I’m DYING to know why Fiona didn’t show, but the promos tell all about the future of Fadam.
    I did NOT like at all that Kenna got back together. The only interesting thing I see out of this is watching KC be Horrible Parent of the Year, because I have a feeling that he won’t do a good job at it.
    I DID on the other hand like that Sav and Holly J got back together because they seem right for each other in an odd kind of way. It broke my heart how Sav walked away when Holly J let out the honest truth about the night with Declan. On the other hand, did anyone else hear about the rumor of Declan committing suicide in a future episode? I’m looking forward to that because it seems like a great plot and I think that it’s about time for another character to die off of the show. Suicide is an interesting way to go since it is a major issue now among teenagers.

    OK…back on track. The Halo review. My FAVORITE part of this episode was the Wesley/Anya part. Did anyone else think that the montage in Wesley’s imagination where Anya’s actions made him wet himself was TOTALLY AMAZING?! Both of their acting was phenomenal and they are both too sweet. I hope I find a guy like Wesley sometime (maybe spare the nerdiness a bit) but I would love to meet someone as sweet (and maybe somewhat awkward) as him. Did anyone else “awww!” when he set Anya up with Dr. Chris? <3
    And last but not least, Eclare + a hammock = TOO CUTE! I had to comment on that, of course!

    Overall, I find the finale to be touching but it misses something that makes me wish that there was a new episode on Friday. Honestly, the 2011 promo made me more interested for the last part of the season that this episode. I can't wait to see Fitz come back + Ali running away + Riley getting exposed to his mom + Fadam + anything else that will come along with it. (:

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    1. Omg on Fiona’s twitter page she FINALLY replied to Adam and was, and I quote,”@funadam things are complicated.” OH! I thought it was like, a Fiona thing like she couldn’t find a dress but not anymore.

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  17. Well, I’m glad Owen got in to the opening credits, we’ve seen so much of him recently.

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    1. Agreed! Good thing they were sure to get him and Zane added since they’ve been a big part of the fall episodes.

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  18. Is it just me or did anyone else laugh their ass off at the picture of Jenna in the review with the weird face??!! HILARIOUS! I’VE BEEN LAUGHING FOR FIVE MINUTES STRAIGHT! She comes up with some weird faces, I swear! lol

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  19. OMG its like they remade Anya
    SHES EXTREMELY likable now
    AND SHES HOT NOW!!!!!! LOL

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    1. Couldn’t agree more I think her relationship with Sav brought down her likability. Good episode but felt very rushed and this season imo has beaten every season except 3 and 4

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      1. I agree about the Anya part but I don’t find this season anything special :(

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      2. @matt personally with the transgender storyline, fiona’s abuse, clare/eli, and some more. But if that’s your opinion i respect it

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      3. Yea I got that when you said this season ‘imo’ has beaten every season except 3 and 4. Well imo there has been like 2 or 3 good episodes/storyline, the rest I didn’t really care for. Especially in this fall season.

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  20. Oooo myyy..i cant wait untill 2011..!! Hah:)

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  21. i liked part 2 way more then part one, i thought part one was jumbled and all over the place, and there were like 4 subplots. i dont know, part two just seemed more put together.

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  22. What happened to Declan? is he coming back???

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    1. 50 bucks says Declan dies this season

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      1. ^ I agree. I’ve been hearing that Declan is going to die. Which makes sense because of Landon Liboirons new tv role.

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      2. It’d be coincidence. They wouldn’t have killed him off b/c of the Terra Nova gig because he wasn’t cast for that show until they’d finished shooting season 10…unless Landon planned from the get go for this to be his last seasons, so he could pursue other options and not be committed to Degrassi.

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  23. http://www.degrassikids.blogspot.com/ – A new degrassi blog…check it out (plz)

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  24. Thought on this episode I have been thinking about for a while. Well, not exactly a thought on the EPISODE, but a thought on KC and Jenna. When we found out Jenna was pregnant she was almost 5 months. Then 2 months later degrassi came back on, that makes 7. When degrassi comes back in February that would be 3 months, which would make her 10…. you can’t be 10 months pregnant. haha. I don’t know how things work in degrassi time but she should be having her baby right when the premiere comes or the premiere will come and the baby will already be there. I had thought of this because Jessica Tyler promoted “When Love Takes Over part 1 & 2” on her facebook page with an ultrasound picture. I thought about it and came up with the conclusion that she’ll have her baby that episode. Then I went back to Degrassi Junior High and Spike where it is clear that Spike went into labor, but the birth or anything wasn’t on TV and she came back with Emma when DJH resumed. I don’t know which way the situation could go, because I think they are both very possible. Any thoughts?

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  25. Degrassiobsessed January 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Well im guessing the time is different because its going to be the same night when they start back up again. For us it takes awhile but things pick right back up at the place they last left off. Also even though an episode takes a week to air it doesnt nessesarily mean it has been a week at degrassi. Get where im coming from? So Jenna isnt quite so pregnant as that. But i,guess she will be due pretty soon.

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  26. What degrassi episode comes BEFORE Halo part 1?

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