I loved these looks from the SAG awards. I liked a lot of blacks and embellishments on this particular award show.
Raven: I really liked Raven’s date with Nick. It was fun, easygoing and just a nice normal date. But besides that, I love Raven’s personality. She has a sweet southern charm, but she’s also pretty headstrong and confident, which I’m sure is what attracted Nick to her. Her past relationship is super dark, and I love the way she told it without any sort of sugar coating on it. Raven really stood out this episode, and she rose to the top for me in this episode.
Vanessa: Vanessa is such an awesome human being. Her little scrapbook was a cute little reminder of how old school she seems in comparison to the other women. She and Nick have a very strong connection, so we’ll see what happens next.
Corinne: Corinne is crazy, but she wasn’t the craziest person in this episode. To me, Taylor came off as super entitled and demeaning toward Corinne. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Corinne is delusional in some of her thoughts, but at least she owns it and doesn’t bother the other women. She’s not being rude to any of the women, so I’m not sure why some of them feel the need to judge her and question her intentions when they should be focusing on Nick.
Rachel: Rachel is going far! I think she’s just having a slow start. We keep seeing small little scenes between her and Nick, but nobody seems to see her as a legitimate threat. I think she’s going to make it somewhat far, but until we see the one on one date, we will have to wait to see if there is a real connection.
Danielle M: How funny was Danielle when she read the date card? Love her. She just seems so chill.
Other Random Thoughts:
- Danielle L. didn’t make my top 5 because I honestly didn’t think there was that much of a real connection between the two of them. She just kept repeating the same thing over and over again. Maybe it was just nerves, but I don’t think there’s much to their relationship.
- The ex in the coffee shop was just about as real as the girl’s excitement of going to Milwaukee.
- Seriously, it didn’t add anything to the show really.
- Bella is killing it. She reminds me of the little sister from 500 Days of Summer.
- Cristen left! I loved her, and I hope she makes it on BIP.
- Nick handled Vanessa’s questioning pretty terribly. He really couldn’t defend himself, so he just reassured her. I guess in the moment, it worked out fine, but it did not read well on television.
- I saw Leah, Olivia and Corrine hanging out together on social media. I love when the villains ban together.
Here are my top 5 after this episode.
Vanessa: I love Vanessa. She was my early pick after the first episode, but she really exceeded my expectations. The date seemed like so much fun until she started feeling sick. Nick was so sweet and protective over her, which was a nice side to see to him. I really liked their dinner date as well because they had a very meaningful conversation followed by Nick actually crying! Then we end with a cliffhanger of her calling Nick out. We’ll see what happens next week.
Rachel: Rachel is another one of my favorites from this episode. She just seems very put together and had a great attitude at the group date. This was her first date outside of the house, and she seemed very grateful.
Danielle L: Danielle had a great showing this week, but I only see a physical connection between the two. I honestly don’t remember much from their conversation, but she might be a dark horse.
Raven: I still think Raven is going to go very far this season. She doesn’t seem like Nick’s type, but she seems like she’s got a connection with Nick still.
Corinne: Corinne is so ridiculous, it almost seems unreal. She is such a cringe worthy character to have on the show. It does worry me that females might think this is the sort of behavior they need to get the guy. I love that Vanessa said she’s not judging Corinne because at the end of the day, they should be solely judging Nick, the object of their affection, not Corinne.
Other Random Thoughts:
- Alexis is my spirit animal. She’s hilarious.
- The reaction to Liz was pretty underwhelming. Nobody seemed to care.
- The entire season seems like it’s geared toward questioning Nick’s intentions.
- Sending Dominique home was smart on Nick’s part. She was just comparing herself to all the other girls.
- Josephine is such a riot. She’s quirky and a lock for BIP.
What a mess of an episode. It was a little frustrating that it’s only episode two, and it’s already the Corinne show. It took away from the other girls, and while I usually love the drama, it was overkill. The Liz drama was way more interesting, especially with Christen knowing everything.
Raven: I really liked Raven’s one on one time with Nick. It felt genuine, and I liked how easygoing their conversation was about their past relationships. She definitely might be a dark horse.
Vanessa and Rachel: Vanessa and Rachel were people that had zero screen time, but I thought were going to make it far. Vanessa calling out Nick next week will be amazing, and I think Nick will respect her for asking that in the first place. After all, his actions with Corinne were questionable.
Corrine: Corrine was so exhausting after this episode. She was such a trainwreck with all her insecurities bleeding everywhere in two hours. I honestly felt bad for her that she felt like she had to intervene so many times to talk to Nick. I’ll defend Nick a little bit in this episode because I do think he was encouraged by the producers to give her the rose. If it were Ben, they’d encourage him to give it to whoever he wants because Ben is known for being the “perfect guy.” But Nick has a little more edge to him, and they probably know it’s going to ruffle feathers.
Danielle: Danielle is a sweetheart. You heard all the other girls being happy for Danielle for getting the first date. She’s a little soft-spoken for Nick, but I won’t rule her out for that simple fact. She’s a strong woman for sure with her backstory, and I can see her making it pretty far.
Other Random Thoughts:
- Cristen was amazing in this episode, and I thought she handled herself fairly well. Telling Nick about Liz was probably not the best, but it wasn’t forced by any means. It seemed pretty natural in conversation, and her read on the whole situation was on point. I’d be friends with her in real life.
- Liz and Nick handled the situation pretty terribly. Nick was so cold and distant toward her, and she expected him to act normal. Her breakup speech to him was definitely relatable. I mean, every girl wants a guy to fight for her. In this case, there was just a lot of miscommunication between the two of them, and that was the end of it. Boy, it was awkward television, but it was entertaining too. I think Liz was being a little too hard on Nick, and I think Nick just didn’t know how to handle the whole situation.
- Taylor isn’t in my top 5 because I really didn’t think Nick was all that into her, but that was just based on body language.
- The slap was so overplayed in the promos, and I knew it’d be too good to be true.
Degrassi Next Class came back with a riveting season filled with drama, relationships and darker elements than ever before. I binged the whole season in a day and the final episode was extremely intense. Before you read on, there are spoilers below!
Zoe’s Sexuality: Zoe’s sexuality was one of the highlights of the season. It’s incredible that we see her come to terms with her sexuality in the final episode of season 2. In season 3, she embraces her sexuality, which is amazing to see after trying to avoid it for so long. She’s the strong female leader I always knew she would become after seeing her bully people for years. She’s using her powers for good by taking over Tristan’s presidency and being a awesome support for characters like Grace, Miles and Winston. However, her storyline focused on the relationship with her mother. It’s sad to see Zoe mistaken her mom’s denial for acceptance, and the fact that she was kicked out of her house following her mother’s wedding is brutal. It’s funny how all these former flames of Zoe’s end up being her support throughout her relationship with Rasha. I love her friendship with Grace and Winston, and I’m liking the budding relationship between Rasha and Zoe. There’s a lot of complexity to their relationship that goes beyond sexuality, and I’m excited to see it unfold.
Maya’s Depression: Maya’s spiraling was intense and uncomfortable, but at the same time, I couldn’t wait to see Olivia Scriven’s acting chops come into play. Her character is known for being the voice of reason and the generally positive bubbly girl from the bunch. But Maya isn’t that girl anymore, and she becomes frustrated that she can’t flip a switch. I can’t relate to Maya’s depression, but I totally related to her wanting to go back to when she was in a happier place. So she tries going back to Grace and Zig, but it just didn’t work for her. Seeing Maya’s anger toward her mom was unnerving and while it was nice to see the return of Katie, I knew there was more to the story. In its conclusion, I had no idea what was going to happen, and I honestly thought there could be a chance she jumped from the building. Seeing all her friends in the hospital crying was a tender moment, and I’m interested to see Maya’s recovery.
Lola’s Abortion: Lola’s abortion was the hot topic of this season. I know some people will watch it and be horrified by how casual the whole episode was about the subject, but that was the point of the episode. Sometimes it isn’t this dramatic scene where she’s sobbing right before the procedure. In the earlier generation of Degrassi, Manny had an abortion storyline that caused controversy because she wasn’t emotional right before her abortion. I really appreciate the writers sticking with their beliefs, and if I’m being biased, it’s because my beliefs happen to align with the episode. Lola was entitled to get the abortion because it’s her body, and she shouldn’t have to feel anything if that’s not what she’s feeling. It was told with uncertainty throughout the episode, but I was happy to see Yael being the surprise support system for Lola. People might not agree with what she does, but I believe that’s our reality today. And the fact that she owned it was commendable.
Grace’s Health: Grace’s story was perfectly summed up by Jonah who says at one point. “All this time, I thought you were afraid of dying, but it’s living that you’re afraid of.” It’s easy for Grace to just shorten her life by refusing the surgery, but like most people, she fears the future. What drives the episode home is Maya’s limited role toward the end when Grace realizes she’s not even close to embracing death the way Maya has been all season.
Frankie and Jonah: Frankie and Jonah’s relationship was tested in the sleepover episode, where Frankie decides it’s time for her and Jonah to have sex. Everything about Frankie’s neediness is something many girls can relate to. She’s insecure about being immature and constantly puts Jonah on a pedestal. Her relationship was on Jonah’s terms in many ways. The ironic part being that they just want to make each other happy, as we later see Jonah vent to Grace. Her obsessive behavior is definitely something she needed to take a step back from, and it was very mature of her to take a break from him.
Tiny and Shay: Tiny and Shay are in many ways an unlikely couple. I love the episode where she’s insecure about her period and the sleepover episode. For me, it depicts all of Shay’s insecurities in two episodes. Between Lola and the experience Tiny already has, we see her struggle to keep up with her relationship. They make it through alive, which is an accomplishment after this season.
Esme in General: Esme is the girl people love to hate as they watch this season. She really is awful and clearly has issues getting along with other girls. The way she bullies and talks to Shay and Maya in such a demeaning manner is something we haven’t seen in a while.
Miles and Tristan: Tristan is MIA this season, but it leaves Miles in a total dilemma of whether to move on or stay by his side. My favorite scene was when he was crying for Tristan to wake up as Zoe embraces him for comfort. When Tristan returns, we’re left with the mystery of whether Tristan knows about Miles and Lola. As far as Lola being his support, it made a lot more sense and their friendship seemed natural. They’re extremely unlikely but they started liking each other through their own despairs. When they hooked up, the morning after scene was tender but still telling of Miles’s guilt.
Yael and the boys: Hunter and his friends were used humorously this season as they had several funny light-hearted storylines. I appreciate the innocence they bring to the show. I loved the sleepover episode because the dynamic between Hunter, Vijay and Baez brought me back to Toby and JT episodes. I also thoroughly enjoyed Yael’s makeup storyline as two females put her in her place for shaming women who use makeup.
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