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I enjoyed the first series so much I was eagerly awaiting the second series and didn't think it would be any where near as good. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and might even go as far as to say it was better. Skins is a bold, witty and controversial youth drama that is both ambitious and brave the way it tackles no go areas. I love it and will keep watching them as quickly as they make them.
This critically acclaimed youth drama follows the lives of a group of teenage friends as they struggle with all manner of issues ranging from eating disorders, drugs, sex and much more. It is starring Nicholas Hoult, Joseph Dempsie, Mike Bailey, Larissa Wilson, April Pearson and directed by Aysha Rafaele, Charles Martin, Harry Enfield, Simon Massey.
This series picks up from after Tony's accident which has now changed his whole personality and has left him weak and vulnerable both physically and mentally. He now needs constant help with nearly everything in his life. He hates having to rely on his friends and family for help and he is a far cry form his previous confident character.
Michelle and Sid are avoiding him and and the relationship between these characters is strained with Sid gaining more status in more ways then one. Cassie and Sid still have this connection but she is away in Scotland with her family and he is missing her. The group all struggle with their own problems and issues and are finally brought together through an unexpected tragedy.
The first series was excellent but this is just so much better. The first series seemed to be more about their crazy antics and the mind games of Tony. In this series you see the characters evolve and show so much more emotion. The children slowly turning into adults although they are not quite there yet. It's nice to see Sid out of Tony's shadow. Tony's does a superb job playing two different characters, the weak Tony and the new and improved more confident Tony.
Effy, Tony's sister gets more exposure in this series which sets her up for series 3. She does a great job as the quietly confident but mixed up teenager. Cassie is my favourite character and she is so convincing as this crazy, eccentric girl you actually think she might be like that in real life. There is so much emotion in this series and it's so intense in places but balances this well with the fun and humour. There is some real emotional scenes at the end which were really sad but took me by surprised which is what it's all about.
Ok so it's time for my second skins review...season 2!!! For those of you who missed my skins review, it's rather long so I'll give you a brief outline of what skins is about...teenagers, drugs, swearing and sex. That's about it! It also happens to be my favourite TV show. You can't really watch season 2 without watching season 1 as there is a lot of background information that is referred to from season 1. My review is the same!
Again each character has their own episode but poor Maxxie has to share an episode again, this time with Tony.
Episode 1: Maxxie and Tony
The show starts with Maxxie (Mitch Hewer) dancing and it is clear he has been working out a lot since season 1! It's not long before we see Tony who has apparent mental problems now after being hit by a bus. I find Tony's acting to have gone downhill a bit to be honest (played by Nicholas Hoult) but I am not sure if that is because his character is now the total opposite of what he used to be. The first episode catches up with all the characters and where they are currently at. Chris looks a lot older, Jal is exactly the same, Sid is hilarious, Michelle is more promiscuous, Cassie is still nuts and Anwar is trying to be a gangster! The episode features Geoffrey Hughes (better known as Onslow in "keeping up appearances." Kenneth shows off some serious skills on the mic too! Very funny episode. Bill Bailey plays Maxxie's dad.
Episode 2: Sketch
Sketch is a new character (played by Aimee-Ffion Edwards). She plays a very strange stalker of Maxxie. She tries her best to look like a boy in the hope he will like her. I don't feel that she is a particularly good actor and was surprised she has her own episode. The college are doing a play with a very random song "then came the day Osama blew them away" and Shane Ritchie plays their teacher (Bruce). Chris is hilarious in this episode when he turns up to a fancy dress party as a woman! Already this series looks like it is going to be funnier than the first. Sketch accuses Bruce of "touching" her. Chris compares his excitement of the school play to being a roman and throwing a lion to Christians! Another one of his wonders is soon said after "if Rome won't go to Mohammed, then Mohammed will clap until it does!" Sketch does do her own singing though unlike some of the others.
Episode 3: Sid
Everyone's favourite best friend! Played by Mike Bailey, he has grown up a lot since the first series and has become a lot stronger. I find it funny when Sid calls his girlfriend Cassie a "ditzy moo" which would be about right! Another good Sid quote from this episode "you were a total world champion cretin" - said to his dad. This episode actually doesn't show many of the other characters other than Sid which is unusual. The episode ends on a dark note.
Episode 4: Michelle
Michelle's acting doesn't seem to have improved much. She is played by April Pearson and is still pining after Tony but tells him she can't wait for him to get better. Not a lot happens for the first 20 minutes of this episode apart from us meeting Michelle's new step dad and sister. The gang go on a camping trip and Maxxie discovers Anwar is sleeping with Sketch. I still don't rate sketch and her acting seems to be getting worse. Sid finally gets his way and gets with Michelle, but what will Cassie have to say about it?! Naughty Sid! Not much really happens in this episode to be honest, there are some funny parts as usual but it is a below par episode. Cassie also returns.
Episode 5: Chris
Chris is my favourite character by a country mile. Played by Joe Dempsie, he performs this role to perfection. We get introduced to Josie (played by comedian Josie Long) in this episode, the careers officer who we have only seen on the extras on the DVD of season 1. She interrupts Chris each time he goes to swear and it is quite a funny scene. He soon uses other words instead..."puck off, he was a pitty boss and a pastard and he can pucking shove his pub polo up his pap's eye!" Another Kenneth classic also features "Man like me don't even like beer, but man be brap-brap-brapping this all day, blood." Cassie is all over the place and it seems like each time one of the characters is in a bad place their acting can't quite cope with it. Anwar has died his hair bright blonde and grown it so he looks like Maxxie (at Sketch's request) and he looks hilarious.
Episode 6: Tony
For some reason he has two episodes dedicated to him! Although it was all filmed around the same time his acting seems to have improved. I think that's because he is becoming more normal now, rather than being mentally ill at the start. There is a typical "skins rave" in this one (mental, full of drugs, wild partying). There are some great camera shots in this episode. The episode is also quite strange and slightly confusing as Tony follows a girl round but you are not sure if she is actually in his head. Tony finds himself again in this episode though and it is good so see.
Episode 7: Effy
Effy (played by Kaya Scodelari) gets a new friend in this one, Pandora (played by Lisa Backwell) who also features in season 3 and 4. Effy plays quite the grown up, looking after her mum who is hooked on Tony's prescription drugs. Effy is very caring but she pretends she doesn't care about anything. Her acting is excellent, she is easily one of the best actors in the series and is also the youngest so it makes her seem even better still. Sid has a great rant at Cassie during this episode. Not much else to say really, the episode is a bit of a mess and alsorts of things happen but they are only small things.
Episode 8: Jal
As Jal's boyfriend, Chris appears in this episode a lot, which makes it extra funny. Her brothers also make an appearance. Jal (played by Larissa Wilson) plays her role very well, showing how she deals with teenage pregnancy and abortion in amongst her hectic life. This is the first episode of the series that really makes you think. Posh Kenneth again features, "there's such a shenanigans ting, bruv. Make a man horny and ting! Blood! Bare linkages like!" The episode feels like it is building up to something.
Episode 9: Cassie
Cassie (played by Hannah Murray) freaks me out a bit! I am starting to believe she is exactly like her character, she is very convincing and her acting in series 2 is far better than it is in series 1. She has comedy, irony and truth in her acting. There is a funny scene where Cassie and Chris are talking about Sid being a milkman saying he is "Milktastic, milkulous, he's a milkionaire." The episode soon turns very dark and upsetting. I was so gutted about what happens. After this certain event Cassie leaves and goes to New York. The episode follows her there for a bit and doesn't show any of the other characters once she goes there. She is still clearly dealing with her eating disorder amongst many other problems.
Episode 10: Everyone
The music in this episode makes it seem more dramatic. The group are all dealing with the events of the last episode alongside their A level results. There is a bit of an "Italian job" scene where Tony is driving Sid's dead dad's mini and they are being chased. There is a heartbreaking scene that coincides with events from episode 9 and the entire group show a lot of emotion and feeling. Good acting from all the cast here. Well its goodbye to all the cast apart from Pandora and Effy as they go off to university. Bring on season 3!
Extras on the DVD include:
Behind the Scenes
Skins in NYC
Skins Secret Party
Behind the Scenes of the Secret Party
Christmas with Skins
When Maxxie Met James
Now on my skins season 1 review I talked about the extras in detail, but there is simply too much to talk about and I've written a lot already, so I'll simply saying the extras are worth watching and I really enjoyed them.
I am slightly biased towards skins as it is my favourite show, but hopefully you found my review useful and I didn't give too much of the story away. Great show with a lot of hard hitting issues. Selling for under £9 on amazon, you can't go wrong! Complete Bargain!
This is a DVD of the 2nd series of Skins, a teen drama that revolves around the lives of 9 college students in Bristol. It includes the same characters as series 1; Sid, Tony, Jal, Chris, Michelle, Cassie, Anwar, Maxxie and Sketch. Each having the'r own episode as in the first series you get to see how each of their lives intertwine and how each one is completely different to the other. The programme explores the relationships between the characters and how they act upon different situations.
The series starts with Tony surviving being hit by a bus and although he is not physically hurt he is now mentally impaired and has to start all his learning once again. The series follows his struggle to remember and learn even the most simple things such as reading and writing. Its an extremely emotional sector of the programme and as the other stories are much more extreme, it is a clever contrast and shows how his life has been altered because of the accident. Cassie is currently in Scotland so Sid is left alone and throughout the series you watch him recover from many tragedies which leave him vunerable.
However, the whole series is not doom and gloom, the friends go to many parties and have many memories which creates a much more upbeat programme. With the contrast of tragedy and elation the programme produces a complex, but addictive feel that makes the audience hooked.
It involves a lot of scenes of a sexual nature and a large amount of drug use. It is not appropriate for a younger audience but is a brilliant watch for all others. I really enjoyed this series and i believe its the best one so far. I really recommend watching it. :)
Skins series 2 is the follow up to the awesome, outrageous, funny and emotional first series, again it is set in Bristol and is following the characters from the previous series now in their second and final year of college, again the show covers a lot of controversial activities and does so extremely well.
The second series was yet again shown on E4, and started on the 11th of February 2008, there is 10 episodes which follow the format of the previous series in which each episode follows a day in the life of one of the characters, their antics, struggles and general day to day happenings.
MY PERSONAL VIEW
To be honest we all with most fantastic first series dramas are anticipating the second installment however you usually believe the standards will be lower due to a lack of new story lines to be produced, especially with teen based dramas when you have already gone into drugs, parties and problems, but skins series 2 is far from this, and is just as good as its predecessor.
EXTREMELY BRIEF SYNOPSIS
The first series ended just after tony was hit by a bus leaving us wondering what happened to him, this series actually starts six months after that night and yes tony is alive, but he has suffered serious brain injuries and he is nothing like the guy we knew six months ago...
In general the series show cases the frustration of tony having to learn everything from scratch again, a massive emphasis with troubled and turbulent relationships between quite a few members of the group, and yet more drama, funny moments, sad moments and actually very moving in parts.
DEPARTING FROM THE FIRST GENERATION OF SKINS CHARACTERS
I must admit that throughout the two series the characters really grow on you and you can relate with them quite a bit, inevitably the end of A levels means that we depart from this set of characters, the last episode actually made me quite sad to leave this group and not know fully what happens next, but i am sure we can come to our own conclusions there.
The second series did not disappoint and still i think it is one of the best TV dramas that i have ever seen, the replay value of episodes is also very good, and i have watched many of the episodes time and time again with the same satisfaction.
The second series of Skins was first shown on E4 on the 11th February 2008, however the first episode was available to MySpace users before it was shown on television. The series is set six months after the first series ended.
There are ten episodes in this series, with each episode usually focussing on one of the individual characters, and the concluding tenth episode culminating the series, that centres on the group of characters as a whole.
We find out early in the series that Tony is alive, but still suffering serious brain injuries that hinder him throughout the early episodes. Cassie is in Scotland, but her relationship with Sid is still present, but soon starts to come under increasing pressure.
Maxxie is having trouble with his home life and in particular his father (played by Bill Bailey), whilst at the same time being desired by an infactuated Sketch, who, despite being aware that Maxxie is a homosexual, still tries to gain his affection.
Michelle is confused and seems to have de-railed in the first couple of episodes, whilst Anwar is his usual self. Chris starts a new job fairly early in the series, and a relationship with Jal is very much on the cards. .
However, I don't want to spoil the adventures too much, so you will have to watch yourself. Overall though, I am still extremely impressed with the series, and recommend it to anyone over 16!
Series two of Skins is actually the last with this original cast before series three, which had all new characters. This was a very good decision because I can imagine the writers running out of plots for future series at university. It just wouldn't have worked very well.
It consists of ten episodes which are again named after the character(s) it is focused on. However, the leads are usually in most of the episodes. It also introduced new characters such as the very strange Sketch. One character who really gets annoying is Cassie. She was fine in the first series and more of a minor character but in this second series she turns into a promiscuous and irritably strange wreck.
Series two is more dramatic and serious than the first. Episode 3, "Sid", in particular was unexpected. The last episode "Everyone" was not disappointing and tied up everything sufficiently. I did find it questionable how some of them still managed such good grades though...
You can pick up the DVD for less than £10 so if you enjoyed the debut, I would still recommend getting this. However, I definitely think the first is better and more entertaining. The character development wasn't as consistent in this series as they tried to go more in depth.
Woops echoed across the globe as British and Japenese alike tuned in on fuzzy tellys to catch up with the much-missed"Skins"cast in series 2, and their year two of college.
The characters, a circle of typically British teen ravers, include the oldies (Sid, Michelle, Tony, Cassie, Maxxie, Anwar, Jal) but are joined by new faces such as Maxxie-stalker and young carer "Sketch" (Aimee-Ffion Edwards), Tony's troublemaker sister Effy (Kaya Scodelario), her new and very weird friend Pandora (Lisa Backwell)- plus exciting guest stars such as Bill Bailey (episode 1 of second series, Maxxie's Dad). However, events in series 2 turn nasty as Jal falls pregnant, secrets are revealed concerning characters like Chris and deaths cause exam worries to soar as A-Levels approach.
The E4 hit digs deeper into all the characters, but i feel it is less humerous than the first series. Following a more serious note, i feel empty and a little sad when its all over. I was pleased with the return of skins again in series three, however this cast are all very special to fans of skins. Rated at 18, similar issues such as sex, drugs and loss are explored as previously, but berevment, sadness, betrayal and loneliness hardens the storylines. Quite fun in parts, but the hilerous elements are often unrealistic.
Still worth getting if you're a good drama/skins/problematic-teenage lover, but don't expect wonders to be worked. Still very intresting and hard to turn away, though.
Avalible at £7.93 at Amazon for the box set of the series, consisting of 3 DVDs.
Season 1 was left with a huge cliffhanger and i couldnt wait for the return of season 2. Im sure we all wanted to see what happened to Tony!!
Series 2 has been, by far, the best series of Skins so far. #1 saw us learn about the different characters but #2 really made us fall in love with them all. Series 3 was a different cast altogether (apart from Tony's sister Effy) and i didnt think it was as good as the others.
I dont think i have ever cried so much at a programme. Chris's storyline was so emotional and touching it made me cry over a couple of different episodes. Still, it never fails to make me cry now. I put good programmes down to their ability to make me cry. If they can do that, im a fan. I was also really glad to see that Chris got Jal to come out of her shell in an episode where she couldnt say no to anything. Chris and Jal made a great couple, even though they had their problems, im really glad the writers came up with this.
Im really glad we got to see more of Effy in series 2 seeing as she was the main character of series 3. Effy even got her own episode this time. Shes dark, mysterious and only utters a couple of words....sometimes.
This series shows the gangs troubles with the gradual end to college and having to move on to university and real life with even bigger problems than last time. Im not going to give away any thing away about the plots but they were just too good to miss. I havent seen anything else on TV like it, be sure to not miss it!!
I had heard a lot of hype about skins people saying how good it was and cutting edge, to be honest my day is so full with the kids I just didn't have a second to give it another look, and it must have been on at the same time as something else I watched as all the series went by I had missed them all. Then I fell ill and was bored I needed something to watch so a nice friend lent me the second series of skins, at first I was sceptical at 30 I felt I may have been slightly out of the audience age range for this program,and didn't know how I felt about watching the second series of anything without having seen the first?! However I got so bored I thought OK I will give one episode on it a chance and see if I like it, well that was it I became hooked.
I watched the entire series with the two days I was ill, I think I may have annoyed my husband (but these things happen). I was surprised that it would appeal to me so much, I do enjoy shows like one tree hill, and 90210 but only for reminiscing, I assumed I would have nothing in common with any of the characters in this show. I was shocked to start with at the amount of nude scenes within it, not in a prudish way but just because of the complex situations and relationships between the characters. I think everyone no matter what age can fit themselves into this group of people, or remember life similar to it. OK I was never involved in drugs and didn't have those kind of relationships till I was a little older but the bare storyline of a friend going off with your partner will hit everyone. I believe at some point in your life you will have been involved in one way or another in a love/lust triangle.
I found this show very refreshing the sheer grittiness of it kept me watching and wanting to see what would happen next, I fount the actor Dev Pattel to be very amusing and could remember a friend like him too.
At the end of watching it all I found without even realising it you put yourself into the characters shoes and feel close to them by the end, this has defiantly encouraged me to get the other series of them, and be more open minded in the future.
In my humble opinion, this is the first British show about kids to even remotely approach the quality of The Wonder Years, Freaks & Geeks or My So-Called Life, and it's not burdened by the "broadcast standards and practices" codes of American network television either, which is a bonus.
I started watching Skins because it led into the repeat showing of the final season of The Sopranos on Channel 4 on Thursday nights. I got bored one week because Question Time had rubbish guests on. I knew next to nothing about it, other than I religiously avoided its first year because the trailers made it look like another desperately stale god-awful show about trendily rebellious kids replete with all the usual hackneyed cliches. Turns out I was wrong. Well okay, it probably does suffer from a few of the cliches you fear it will, but it's really original and good. By my memory it's also quite accurate. Presentationally it's prepared to take risks, and they pay off. Whoever was responsible for the marketing for season one did the show a huge disservice. Either that or it's changed a lot in the interim, I don't know. I only saw the last five episodes of season two of Skins, but it seems to me to be the spiritual heir to This Life, and one of the best British programs of the last decade.
Apparently season three is going to feature an entirely new cast. This has caused a backlash. I think it might be one of those instances where the show runners have a rather different conception of the program they're making than do their audience; they may not be aware of the disconnect.
To be honest from what I've seen the structure of this show rather lends itself to culling the whole cast. The POV changes quite drastically from episode to episode so that seemingly central voices tend to drift to the periphery for a few weeks and vice versa. In a way this isn't too dissimilar to what being part of a group at that age is really like - a lot of the time you just don't see how people spend the hours when you're not there and everybody has slightly different perceptions of everybody else but thinks they share the same group narrative, when really they don't. And people often do go their separate ways at around eighteen, geographically if not emotionally, to varying degrees.
Most weeks do seem to have a distinctive feel to them. Some could almost function as stand alone dramas. The challenge will be making the new cast not seem like the kids whose lives they're depicting aren't all interchangeable, even at the same time as they're making the point that the late teen years are actually rather cyclical, even if the lives of those who just happen to be passing through them at that moment aren't.
It's a brave move. With established characters you can coast and call it continuity. With a new start the writers will be crucified if they wheel out repeat iterations they could have otherwise got away with. Hopefully this will stave off laziness.
The Effy character, who is rumoured to be the exception to the rule, seems to be a really good actress, so good luck to them if they can keep her, it's not like she's had much screentime anyway. Some of the older actors would probably be a bit reticent to sign up for the long haul anyway, so the producers could easily see the wheels fall off if they tried to juggle them. The fact they had a lead character run over by a bus and have just killed off another one and had a third move away sort of indicates the show has never really had any sacred cows anyway.
It was quite a brave decision of Channel 4 to put this series on before the final season of The Sopranos, because there were a number of genuine stand out episodes in that last clutch. Whilst not at that level, I think Skins stands up surprisingly well. It's possibly the best UK show around at the moment to be honest. Pretty much anything else, and the drop in quality from one hour to the next on a Thursday night would have been embarrassing. I think the channel is right to have faith in the program makers, the more freedom they have to take risks the better they will do. If the direction they choose to take antagonises the people who were hoping for a cosy teenage soap opera with a faux rebellious edge, so be it, I think that was precisely the crowd the creators were reacting against and didn't want on side in the first place.
I don't think the writers care what the audience wants. More power to them. If the viewing figures plummet through the floor, they should try pitching something new to HBO. They're clearly talented enough to move in that direction. Maybe that's why they incongruously send one character to New York.
Perhaps they've been watching that transcendental Terrence Malick war movie where all those A-list celebrities wander in and out of the film as it stubbornly refuses to cohere into any semblance of a linear plot. Life doesn't have main characters.