Posting these because I’m finally going to review this episode on Monday, October 5th. As I initially think over the episode before my re-watch, it’s making me think about how things worked then in regards to how the world works now. People ask why Degrassi “recycles storylines” and the like, usually using it as a generic argument to take shots at the show for tackling a topic more than once. My answer to that would be the show might deal with a specific event multiple times (ex: a pregnancy), but you’re getting a different spin on it because it’s happening to a different character.
But when it comes to THEMES within the show, however, they are repeated over and over, even moreso than the specific situations like the pregnancy example, or drugs or mental illness. The reason they’re told repeatedly is because these are issues that are never going to go away. The concepts of mob mentality, getting mercilessly bullied and the emotional deterioration of everyone involved in one of the greatest arcs this show has ever produced are still relevant 11 years after TSS originally aired. Just so you know, I haven’t watched this episode in years…the last time I did was before I did any of this stuff where I analyzed the episodes. It’s an emotional one for sure, but I can’t wait to dig deeper into it.
The- N Promo: Time Stands Still, Pt. 1
Jimmy realizes that he and his friends have taken the anti-Rick campaign too far. He tells them to call an end to the hostilities. More determined than ever to drive Rick from Degrassi, they secretly plan a final assault. This isn’t over. Not by a long shot.
The-N Promo: Time Stands Still, Pt. 2
Rick returns to Degrassi after his “tar and feathering.” Some try to get him to to home and relax. He stays, vowing his enemies will pay for what they did. When Rick pulls out a gun, Degrassi will never be the same.
Thank you so much to Erin from Degrassi Online for those promos from The-N. I’d literally spent years searching for those!
It’s always good tv when you know something the character doesn’t and you wanna be able to explain to them what’s going on, but can’t. And then when the show takes that situation and makes a really tragic thing happen it becomes even better, for the tv show that is. Thinking about these two episodes makes me wanna go back to the beginning and watch the whole series from the start. I doubt degrassi will ever have a bigger or better or more iconic moment that this situation.