We’re headed into the final episodes of Degrassi 13C. For the most part I think this block has been great, and it exceeds the quality of season 13 as a whole (brought down of course by the very rough start in 13A).
With that in mind, as of right now I have no reason to believe Sparks Will Fly will suddenly suck, because I haven’t allowed myself to get sucked into the good old “Degrassi’s always focusing on relationship drama” crutch complaint. That complaint is more valid toward the Miles/Maya/Zig triangle, but things are far more deeper when it comes to Eli/Clare/Drew.
It’s funny, because when relationship drama happens on this show fans suddenly lose their minds. Whether it’s shippers or anti-shippers or complaints about relationship drama in general, fan response constantly reinforces the power that relationship drama on Degrassi has over its viewers. It doesn’t matter which side of any ship you’re on, fan response is always intense. Relationships are above and beyond the most talked about aspect of this TV show; for that reason alone Degrassi has no motivation to “tone it down.”
Amidst all of the arguing/anger/fangirling guaranteed to happen tonight, there is indeed a third plot happening: Degrassi is following up on Zoë’s mental state for the first time since her sexual assault in Unbelievable.
I know some were annoyed that Degrassi didn’t immediately follow up on her in the episode after Unbelievable, but I was in the camp that was completely fine with it. If you remember how Degrassi handled Paige’s rape story in season 2, there wasn’t an immediate followup episode after Shout. The followup didn’t come until 12 episodes later, in How Soon Is Now**. After that, they waited until all the way in season 4 to bring it up again (**NOTE: Back in 2003, The-N made the executive decision to air How Soon Is Now as a followup ep on the same night that they aired Shout, because HSIN could be aired out of order without screwing with the season’s timeline).
It felt like Paige took forever to cope with being raped because they spread the storyline out over a very long period of time, back during a time when most plots were wrapped up rather quickly. I’m hoping this is the route that Degrassi is going with Zoë, because it’d be a shame for them to kind of drop it after this episode.
Because Sparks Will Fly is being treated as an hour-long episode, I will not be posting a review for tonight’s episode. I’m just going to wait until next week and write a combined review for both parts.
Check out promo pics from tonight’s episode below: