Degrassi 13C has been a bit on the intense side for these first 8 episodes, so it’s not surprising that they’re leading with less-heavy stuff tonight in What It’s Like. All three plots tonight feature some level of intrigue. I’m not ready to assume Becky and Imogen will be swapping spit (and spitting on Adam’s grave by getting together) in the end even though network promos make it seem that way; I think something deeper is in play here.
Connor is forever an interesting character, and his blunt nature because of his Aspergers leaves you wondering what he’s going to say next. Yes he has a girlfriend, but he still doesn’t necessarily know how to socialize and handle emotional situations properly and we may see an instance where that affects his relationship with Jenna tonight.
From the promos, watching Maya and Zig very vaguely reminds me of Wheels during the final years of Degrassi High. They’re not really copying his arch, but part of it’s similar in that a character is helping another one who truly has nowhere else to go. I’ll post promos for next week’s episode tonight and my review of this episode will come tomorrow.
What a coincidence…
So one of the worries fans have is whether or not there will be a “proper followup” to Zoë’s sexual assault (proper followup is in quotations because that term is relative to each fan). However, a legitimate question to ask is “Will we still see any lingering effect of that situation in Zoë’s character a year from now?”
I mentioned Wheels from Degrassi Junior High above, and I’d like to think his arch from Season 3 of DJH until the end of the series is a great example of a major event having a profound, long-term effect on a character. After tragedy struck, things just went downhill from there. Wheels was never able to completely get his life back on track in those final three seasons, blaming everyone but himself for the situations he found himself in. Eventually, he wound up doing something far worse than stealing from Joey’s mom.
If you haven’t watched any of the old school Degrassi episodes, below are links to the major episodes involving Wheels’ arch in the final years of the show.
DJH 301 (Can’t Live With Em Pt. 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qDJRQoooeU
DJH 302 (Can’t Live With Em Pt. 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoyzIUJpH60
DJH 311 (Taking Off Pt. 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfonhMDF424
DJH 312 (Taking Off Pt. 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neyV8YnqmRw
Degrassi High 204 (A Tangled Web): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUsGtEGP5ZM
Degrassi High 208 (Home Sweet Home): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgpDLsA4Ywo
Schools Out!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSC5WqttAOA