Still a mixed bag
MTVRather than have Tea contemplate her sexuality and wrestle with the implications of being a semi closeted high school lesbian, what she does is wonder why no one is as awesome as she is.
Skins continued to be a rather mixed bag this week. A definite improvement over last week, but I am not sure it was enough.
This second outing focused on Tea, a lesbian cheerle timberland boots ader from a large, loud, Italian Jewish family. They don know she is sleeping with girls, which she does once early in the episode and then talks about often for the rest of it. ( screw girls, so what? she tells Tony, while they chug vodka at a playground. But we get to that.)
Tea is interesting, and the only character not to have existed on the UK version. (Technically she replaces Maxxie, who I do miss. Maxxie, the gay blonde dancer, had no main story lines in the first season aside from his friendship with Anwar still. So adorable.)
It not exactly what you think. Rather than have Tea contemplate her sexuality and wrestle with the implications of being a semi closeted high school lesbian, what she does is wonder why no one is as awesome as she is. No, really. matches up to me, she complains at one point. She seems to think very highly of herse timberland boots lf. Maybe she is indeed as great as she says she is, but it would be super if we could see that before she starts proclaiming herself a complete lost cause for love.
MTVIn timberland boots Episode 2 of MTV’s “Skins,” Tony (portrayed by James Newman) hangs out with Tea (portrayed by Sofia Black D’Elia) at the playground, where he tells her: “You’ve met your match.”
Anyway, the real point of the episode is that Tea is dying to meet her match. (By the way, I have not heard the word used in this context so much since the last time I watched on the Roof. Her Italian American father, who seems to be involved with the mob, wants Tea to go on a date with son of one his friends. She will be paid. It will be a big favor for her dad, and she agrees, as her friends tease her for going along with the date even though she into girls. But when she shows up at the restaurant, her secret blind date is explaining away the mix up Tony, after all, is supposed to be in love with Michelle Tony and Tea go off to get a drink. They end up splitting a bottle of vodka in a playground, exchanging like how Tony is dating Michelle primarily because the hottest. Shocker, that one.
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He really lays it on thick, telling Tea, met your match. Meaning himself, I guess. They end up dancing and making out and soon enough, having bad sex that they both laugh about.
At the end of the episode, Tony calls Tea and tells her somewhat wistfully that he is her match. But Why? In what way? Brattiness? Insensitivity? False bravado? Because they both and don care about anything? Because they both like to have sex? The sex they had together wasn even good. I just even story line. I like that Tea is dissatisfied with her dating life; it interesting that she wants something more but does not know how to find it or whether she is capable of it. But Tony is not the answer.
Some other stuff happens in the episode. Tea shares a tender moment with her Holocaust survivor grandmother, who relates a story about being in love with a woman who was too scared to commit, because of discrimination against gays and lesbians, and who ultimately married a farmer in Wisconsin.
MTVWhy is Stanley hiding in the boys’ room at school? He’s terrified because he owes $900 to a shady drug dealer nicknamed Dr. Le Dong.
But and I hesitate to say this, I do it really rang a false note for me. If this show wants to be silly and over the top, sad stories from Nana seem out of place. And if they want those moments to be ta timberland boots ken more seriously, which they should be, we are going to need more context for Tea.
Another plot point that could have been interesting was wrapped way too easily and too quickly. In the first episode, Stanley got $900 worth of weed from a sketchy dealer on credit, then lost the pot when a car went into the water at the end of the episode.
The dealer showed up at the school early in the episode in a Straight program, followed the gang sinisterly around the school, and then made the fatal mistake of cornering Tea in front of her own house and calling her a But her mob involved father hears the slur as (a derogatory name for Jews) and has the dealer picked up by a goon squad and given a scare. It looks like he gone, which means is off the hook, I guess? And can go back to worrying about his still intact virginity?
Speaking of which: a big thumbs down to Stan and Cadie. In the UK version, the unlikely friendship and eventual romance between endearingly off kilter Cassie and sweetly dorky but generally good guy Sid was one of the delights of the first season. Cassie wide eyes, dreamy, prone to starting every sentence with, wow, cool had issues, sure. She was anorexic and in therapy and was quite the space cadet.