Several weeks ago Stephen Stohn announced that the Degrassi writers would be having a brainstorming session before the end of the year for Season 13 (SIDE NOTE: several media outlets incorrectly reported that Tonight, Tonight was the Season 12 finale…there are still 12 episodes left in season 12, including the Vegas special. The final 10 episodes of Season 12 will air starting in the early spring of 2013. Season 13 won’t start until July of next year).
Well that brainstorming session will happening this Monday, December 3rd. The writers and Degrassi bigwigs will sit around and figure out story archs and plot ideas that they may want to use. The writers will also submit their requests for the types of snacks they’ll need to fuel their creative juices to write another 40-episode season. For the past couple of years they’ve been open about asking fans what they want to see on the show. If you have any storyline ideas for Season 13, you can submit them in the comments section below, because someone from the show will eventually read this! I personally wanted to do something different with my ideas for them…some of these are storylines that might’ve been touched on in the early TNG seasons, but come from or were dealt with extensively during the Degrassi Junior High series.
Death of an immediate family member
Wheels’ parents were killed off at the beginning of Season 3 of DJH. From that point on (DJH/DH lasted 5 seasons total) his life completely spiraled out of control. I’ve been lucky so far in my life that no family member close to me has died yet, but I’ve seen people who were beyond devastated by the death of an immediate family member, even years after their death. I’d like to see a character’s inability to cope with the unexpected loss of a parent or sibling, and that have long-term effects on said character.
Improper student-teacher relationship
We’ve obviously seen this before with Paige and Mr. Oleander. But I want to see a modern-day plot more along the lines of substitute Mr. Colby’s storyline in Season 2 of DJH. In one episode he got touchy feely with Lucy, then 10 episodes later the plot was revived when Mr. Colby returned and tried to get close to Susie. Or it could involve a relationship that’s consensual at first, but once the teen wants out the teacher starts throwing their weight around in order to keep it going and scare the teen from telling anyone.
Degrassi’s had many students who have been held back, or flat out failed courses. But one of the long-running archs of Degrassi Junior High was Joey’s lack of book smarts. The show is sliding into this pattern where a lot of the characters are being set up with lofty post-high-school goals. Holly J left for Yale. Eli’s working toward NYU. Katie’s getting accepted into Stanford. Alli spent most of Season 12 fast tracking to MIT. The irony is there’s so little focus on a character handling schoolwork anymore. Back in the DJH days characters were constantly complaining about homework and stressing out over exams. I see such an opening here with Cam, who we’ve seen in recent episodes struggling tremendously with schoolwork…I just want to see more of that.
Relationship Destroys A Friendship
The boyfriend or girlfriend is overly demanding of said character’s time, or the character has their head stuck so far up their new bf/gf’s ass that it puts a strain on (and ultimately ends) a close friendship.
They dealt with Driver’s Ed in Season 3 of TNG, but it pales in comparison to how it was done in the Degrassi High episode “Sixteen.” It was absolutely hilarious how awful Snake and Joey were (and throw in the fact that Nancy was randomly thrown into the mix). This would obviously be subplot material that could be thoroughly entertaining if done right.
Character “Exists” In The Degrassi Universe With An Injury For An Extended Period
This isn’t a storyline idea so much as it is an idea that would make for a cool little detail to add to the show. Remember when Wesley randomly appeared in a couple of episodes with two broken arms? It was because Spencer Van Wyck had broken them in real life, but it was really cool that they incorporated it into the show with little explanation of what happened. An example of how I see something like that playing out: Adam breaks his ankle or wrist playing volleyball. We never actually see this happen on screen…Adam just appears one day with a medical boot on his leg, or a cast on his arm. Clare or Dave ask him what happened and he just says “I broke it playing volleyball.” While that injury is never the focus of any storyline, we still see Adam hobbling around school in his boot or hanging out with his signature-filled arm cast for like 8 or 10 episodes to provide continuity, and reinforce the randomness of people we know suffering injuries.
Other plots that I can’t think of an explanation for, but want to see them anyway:
Character Involved In A Verbally/Emotionally Abusive Relationship, Which Ultimately Transfers Into Self Harm Or A Future Pattern Of Making Bad Relationship Choices
Sexual Abuse By A Family Member And Deep Trauma That Follows
From Season 3 of DJH, this is one of my favorite episodes of all time within the entire Degrassi franchise. All three storylines revolved around $20. Two of them cleverly crossed paths at the very end of the episode. It’s simple, yet brilliant. I would pay money ($20 to be exact) to see this generation of writers pull off an episode with a similar theme. Oh, and if you haven’t seen that episode I am forcing you to watch it below: