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And now it's the Naomi Clark Show!
on 28 March 2013
Well here we are with a not unusual dilemma for most tv series- it's season 4 and we really don't know what to do with the characters after seventy-odd episodes. The concept of this series was a bit thin in the first place; the next generation revival of a 90's show that itself ran for ten seasons. The whole next generation idea has been done before, and it worked reasonably well for the first two seasons. However the writers soon ran out of stories for the "grown-ups" --the kid's parents, school teachers, and the few characters brought back from the original series- leaving us with just what the "kids" got up to. So in this series, the kids have left school and most have gone to college, and whilst the stories of the earlier series revolved around the brother/sister duo of Annie & Dixon, this series makes friend and rich-bitch Naomi Clark the star, which is amusing at first, but soon becomes repetitive. Add to this a sanitised addiction storyline for Dixon, a slightly unbelievable escort girl story for Annie and the usual "let's swap partners" amongst the main characters, and it all starts to fall into "we've seen all this before" territory. This show also suffers from the same issue the original had: the actors are getting a bit too old to pass as teenagers! If you are a fan of the first three seasons, you will probably want to get this just to see where the cliff-hanger storyline at the end of series went (the answer is not very far)but it is hard to recommend this to the casual viewer.