After delivering a few episodes where one plot ends up carrying the entire episode, Degrassi gets back on track with a well-rounded entry in the diary of season 13’s summer block. Adam’s plot continues to be strong (and shocking), but more impressive is how well the other two plots rebound. Maya and Alli’s plot feel short, but are interesting enough to keep our attention throughout.
ADAM PLOT REVIEW: The up-and-down emotions of Adam’s plot continues as he deals with the aftermath of Becky wanting time to think over their relationship. Adam sends Becky roses as an apology, but she sends them back to him. Adam doesn’t want to believe that he and Becky are over, but Dallas suggests that he move on by dating Imogen. At camp, Imogen asks Adam to go on a hiking date. Rain ruins their plans, but the two end up making out in the back of a van before Drew walks in on them. Adam realizes he’s not over Becky and needs to talk to her immediately, but there’s no cell signal at the campsite. Adam takes the van drives to find cell signal so he can call Becky. While driving he tries to send Becky a text message, and an incoming car lays on its horn. Adam swerves out of the way of the car, but crashes into a tree.
This plot has been another great example of how the show’s writing has improved other the years. We’re fully aware that Adam’s making some dumb decisions throughout this storyline, but we can also completely understand the emotions behind what he’s doing. When you’re mind is hyper focused on one thing, it’s incredibly difficult to get back on track.
“Adam takes Dallas’ advice and tries juggling two girls at once.”
This gives the impression that Dallas convinces Adam to be a “player” who fools around with his side girl Imogen until Becky makes up her mind, but this clearly isn’t the case. Adam tries to legitimately move on by making plans with Imogen, but it simply doesn’t work.
Degrassi delivers a great cliffhanger wrapped in a direct message to viewers about the dangers of texting while driving. It also reminds us of the randomness and fragility of life as Adam’s status remains unclear.
MAYA/TRISTAN PLOT REVIEW: Tristan is nowhere to be found so Maya makes it her mission to find him. With Tristan’s location in Paris unknown she enlists the help of Chewy, and rejects Miles’ offer to help. After hours of searching Chewy demands that Maya get help from Miles. She begrudgingly agrees, and Miles, jokingly, has her beg for his help. While walking around the city they find Tristan. Maya and Tristan make up and Maya also realizes that Miles might not be as bad as she thinks.
About A Girl presents a very confusing plot with various thoughts and emotions flying everywhere, but the focus is reset here in Cannonball. Degrassi hones in on Maya’s disdain for Miles, a feeling so strong it nearly inhibits her quest to find Tristan. Ultimately, Maya is forced to work with Miles, and upon the outcome of the situation forced to reassess her opinion of him. She clearly wants to demonize him, but realizes something viewers have to do often with characters on this show: she understands that he’s not as bad as perceived.
Tristan’s anger toward Maya in About A Girl was understandable in a way, but over the top. However, there’s genuine emotion in their reconciliation…one that includes the vow that they’d never let a guy come between them again. That’s most certainly Degrassi code for “guys will definitely continue to come between them,” especially one Mr. Hollingsworth.
ALLI PLOT REVIEW: Jenna’s feeling down about Connor being repulsed by the thought of sex, so she turns to Alli for a girl’s night. However, Alli plans the night so that it’s a double date: it’s Alli and Leo, and Alli sets up Jenna with Leo’s friend Andre. Jenna bails on the “girl’s night” as Andre is too creepy and touchy-feely. Later, Alli apologizes and helps Jenna and Connor reunite so they can work out their problems.
While there’s quite a bit of up and down emotion toward the season 13 summer block, Alli’s plot has been a flatline throughout. While we can appreciate Alli taking a more mature approach to this relationship, it’s one that contains little interest or faith that it’s something worth fans investing in. While they exist here, the plot shifts more into the direction of Alli trying to balance multiple relationships. She feels she must take advantage of every moment with Leo, but Jenna’s at a point where she needs Alli’s support.
Humor is injected into the plot with Leo’s over-the-top friend. Another great thing is that all the while we see Jenna who felt genuinely hurt by Connor’s unintentionally-harsh words about sex in About A Girl. The plot remained pretty much drama free, but smartly shifts the story so that it’s not solely relying on Alli’s romantic relationship to carry things.