“Skins” recap (1.08): The Indifference Convention

I really hope MTV picks up Skins for a second season, because with a little bit of finesse, this show could really be something. I mean, if Skins is going to be Skins, it should never be wrinkle-free, but I feel like there are three — maybe four — variables that could be ironed in way that makes the whole thing more cohesive and more resonant.

One thing people aren’t talking about, and I think it’s kind of important, is that despite its flaws, Skins really is capturing the essence of working-class teenagers. Actual teenagers. Whose problems exist outside of whatever shit Gossip Girl is talking about them, or what to wear to whatever regatta gala. Urban families — the ones we create as opposed to the ones we’re born into — is one of the things Skins does best, and I think “Daisy” really demonstrates that. Monica Padrick wrote this episode with Bryan Elsley, and I like her style. (She wrote “Cadie,” too, which was the strongest episode of the season.)

One more thing, also. The Skins model is always a little disjointed because of the character-specific episodes written individually by different writers. The up-side is that we get these layered, subversive stories without being patronized. The down-side is that sometimes we’re left scratching our heads like, “Wait — why does Stanley suddenly love Cadie?” It’s a good feeling when the character moves forward in a way that connects her with the everyone else, and causes her to become a catalyst in their stories too. “Michelle” and “Daisy” both excelled in that. Like, less moving chess pieces around and more of just playing the game, you know? (While we’re on the subject: UK Skins series five has found this balance like no series before it. They’re slaying it across the pond. It’s the absolute greatest.)

So, anyway! Daisy! This is going to be a short recap now that I’ve felt my feelings out loud for you, because Tea only popped up for a second, and only to reiterate the thing we already know.

Daisy is the fixer. That’s what she does. She fixes people, fixes relationship, acts as the keeper and immune system of her entire group of friends. Homeless Chris? Helped. Heartbroken Michelle? Helped. Abbud and Chris visit her at her Hooter-esque work to ask her to fix the new problem of: The lesbian f–ked the alpha male and so his girlfriend ran away to Boston after beating the s–t out of him. She says she’ll deal with it. But also she’s got to deal with her family situation. Her dad can’t pay the rent, and he only eases up on the emotional distance when he’s hammering her about how she’ll never make a career out of music.

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