The “pinnacle” that Stefan has been talking about recently begins tonight.  Basket Case is supposed to be a BIG episode.  I have high expectations for the plot that will develop tonight and continue heavily into next week, and I’m hoping it will leave lingering ramifications for all characters involved.

*SPOILER ALERT* If you don’t want any hints about what’s happening, don’t read the rest of this commentary. Just skip down to the section titled “NEW Degrassi Webisodes Starting Tonight.”

The reason I’m excited for Zoë’s upcoming storyline is because Darcy’s rape storyline in season 7 is one of my all-time favorite storylines of the franchise.  They took a character, broke her mind, body and spirit, and she became an emotional wrecking ball that nearly destroyed her life and other people’s lives in the process.

For those unaware, Zoë’s storyline will be similar to the Steubenville rape that happened in 2012.  Just going back and reading various articles about that story, from the act itself to the various reactions from the media and general public throughout it is tough.  What happened to that girl is horrifying.  The aftermath, kids joking about the rape after it happened, grown adults charged with trying to cover things up as well as fellow students threatening the rape victim is disgusting, and should piss you off. If Degrassi does this correctly, we should feel as if we’ve been punched in the stomach.

Though Degrassi has given every 30-minute episode in season 13 its own title, this season’s format is no different than most of seasons 10-12.  There are no true “stand-alone” 30-minute eps like there were in the early TNG days; now every two episodes can be combined to make an hour-long episode if need be.  1323 and 1324 were originally titled “Unbelievable” and “Sad But True.”  However, because of the nature of the content they’ve combined both episodes and titled it “Unbelievable,” which will be airing as a one-hour episode next week (March 11th).

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NEW Degrassi Webisodes Starting Tonight

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Over the weekend, Degrassi made the announcement that a brand new series of webisodes will make their debut starting tonight!  Unlike the Eli: Dorm Life series, these will focus on characters at Degrassi.  Other than that, Degrassi has kept mum on any details about the webisodes, which is a nice surprise given that everything usually winds up getting revealed before it’s supposed to.

UPDATE ON THE WEBISODES:  MTV has created a blog post about the upcoming webisode series.  The webisodes will revolve around the concept of finances, because this project is funded by RBC.  For details: http://news.mtv.ca/blogs/degrassi/mtv-and-rbc-bring-you-four-exclusive-degrassi-webisodes-starting-tuesday-march-4/

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5 Comments

  1. i use to watch that show like crazy

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  2. I like the idea of Zoë’s plot, but I wish that they could have put it on a lesser used character. They focus all of the drama onto a small group of students, which makes it seem a tad bit unrealistic, especially since all of it is happening in only one semester.

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    1. 1. We’re already into a second semester this season.
      2. More characters = less screentime to build any characters and properly follow the outcomes. it also means less budget all around. And less to do with each character involved.

      And if we look at our female cast, Frankie and Grace are the only other two characters they could do this plot to. Alli, Clare, Maya, and Jenna have romantic plots going on, Imogen wouldn’t be caught at this party, Becky wouldn’t be caught at this party. That leaves Frankie (MIles’ sister), Grace (not Miles’ element, a bit more world wise by comparison to Zoe and Frankie), and Zoe (impulsive, reckless, hurt, and has a lot of baggage).

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  3. Zoe having a sexual abuse story line has potential but I hope that it blends well with her character especially since we still don’t know the reason why her acting career ended which I hope ties in with this; Also, the Tenners have been wasted so far during this season so I hope that the writers give Zoe a chance to shine with this plot and not repeat the mistakes they made with the others. With next week’s episode being an hour-long episode the outcome might actually be satisfying.

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  4. What actually horrifies me the more than the sexual assault is the ignorance, victim blaming, slut shamming the victim after the assult happens.. Zoe life will be shattered, she will feel dirty, humiliation and so much more emotional trauma, especially when you don’t remember anything. And what bothers me more is many fans are more worried about freaking Eclare breaking up and Clare haveing feelings for Drew.. WHO CARES… This is about Zoe and her surroundings.

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