Fans Hooked On Second Season of “Sugar Rush”

Olivia Hallinan as Kim and Jemima Rooper as Montana

With no best friend and the prospect of a cheating girlfriend dominating her thoughts, Kim retreated to the CC for more sex therapy. She met a rocker girl named Montana (played to perfection by Hex's Jemima Rooper) and Kim was in lust. But after overdosing on some pills she stole from Sugar's stash, she found herself in hospital with Sugar, of all people, as her savior.

A stay in the hospital seemed the least of Kim's worries when her parents decided to shuttle her off to a psychiatrist, but it turned out to be a pretty smart move. Kim finally had someone she could vent to about her crazy, cheating life, not to mention a professional to dispense advice about how she could win Saint back.

Over the next several episodes, both storylines seem ready to work themselves out leading up to the series finale in August. Sugar's drug scheme is reaching a pivotal point, and Kim still wants Saint–badly.

Reactions to the new series have been very positive so far. Few fans seem upset that Kim and Sugar are not together, and Saint is taking the place of Beth from Season One as the romantic wedge between Kim and Sugar, but with more widespread appeal.

Also, as with Season One, the acting has been praised as the saviour of the show, with standout performances from all of the leading ladies. Olivia Hallinan in particular has garnered much attention for her ability to play such a dynamic role–one that saw her going from naive and repressed to out and living large. That she has done this while still keeping her character subtly sweet and approachable is quite a talent, and one that has not gone unnoticed.

In fact, the characters and the actors who play them have propelled the show. Like the first series, this summer's Sugar Rush has no shortage of twists, but many critics feel the plot is too impetuous and rushed. One reviewer even called it a "40 minute show in a 30-minute timeslot."

Sugar Rush does suffer from a disturbing lack of a sense of time, and enjoyment of the show hinges on the ability to overlook this fundamental flaw. As such, it operates on two planes: one is the idyllic, plot-driven world of teenage lesbian bliss (and angst) where action rules; the other is a fictionalized TV world that simply does not conform to any sense of reality or satisfaction.

Take, for example, the plot gap between the first and second season. Season One, for the most part, revolved around Kim's lust for her best friend Sugar and her attempts to woo her. By the finale she had succeeded, and the second season held promise of an extended epilogue of their lovey-dovey relationship.

Unfortunately, that never came to fruition. The show's writers chose to fast forward 18 months, lock Sugar away, and make Kim forget all about her crush. Whatever happened in that year and a half gap is rarely addressed; the audience is simply expected to move on.

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