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Skins - Series 4 [DVD]
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The gang are back at College after the summer break. Their hedonism knows no bounds as they live life to the ethos of no consequences, no tomorrow and you can all live forever.
Their care-free bubble abruptly bursts when a near-stranger dies so needlessly, sending a shockwave through the group. The tragedy leaves Thomas questioning everything - his faith, his family and even his choice of friends. Effy returns, but no longer with her queen-bee status. Her best friend, Pandora, is as adorable and kooky as ever. Twins Katie and Emily are visibly different - after leaving her sister s shadow Emily is head over heels in love, but while she s finding out what life is really like, Katie is left behind in a family meltdown. Naomi seems to have more to hide this series; while JJ finally realises what love is. Meanwhile Cook is trying to simultaneously exorcise his demons and not reveal his weaknesses, and Freddie finds out that love can lead you to the edge.
Series 4 extra features: - Bonus Skins stories - Animated feature - Behind the scenes videos - Commentaries with the writers and directors
Channel Four’s controversial yet much-loved Skins had a bit of a bumpy ride with its third, and less satisfying season to date. Its decision to replacement the bulk of the cast was a risky one, that didn’t fully pay off. Thus, the pressure was on to recapture what had made the show so compelling for series four. Fortunately, there’s a bit more of a feel of back to business about it, something that’s evident right from the first episode. The characters feel more confident and settled, the narrative’s more interesting, and--while not perfect--it feels a bit more like the Skins of old.
The catalyst for much of the drama of Skins’s fourth series is a death of a stranger that we see in the first episode. It’s an event that has ramifications for the group. We’ve no intention of spoiling what happens here, but it’s quite a satisfying narrative the series follows, and well played on the whole by the cast.
Furthermore, more episodes than not capture the mix of comedy and drama well, and the overall feeling is of a show that’s recaptured a lot of what made it so strong in the first place. Roll on Skins series five… --Jon Foster
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And then we got Skins series 4 which was like being slapped with a wet piece of cod. It wasn't all bad, not by a long way, and did have some good stuff. But what it didn't have was the magic of Series 3. So, what happened? And I should add that in my attempt to find out, we'll doing serious spoilers, so if you aren't already familiar with it, you'd be best off reading another review.
It opened promisingly if grimly. Sophia, a girl unknown to us wanders through a heaving club, walking by or bumping into our friends. After walking past a snogging Naomi and Emily she climbs onto a balcony and jumps off. The first two episode are about the aftermath. When Naomi lies to the police in front of Emily, Emily starts digging into what really happened. What she finds out shatters her relationship with Naomi, even though they've just moved in together, and they spend the rest of the series in a living hell as Emily is full of anger and resentment and Naomi is full of guilt and self-pity.
Thomas, who had been running the club night is expelled from Roundview by the new ruthless head who speaks softly and carries a bull-pizzle whip with which to lash recalcitrant students. Actually that's a metaphor, or maybe just a fantasy of mine.Read more ›
When I first saw series 3 - and this may have been because of my low expectations - I was instantly impressed. The characters seemed a lot more interesting, genuine, and it was also nice to see the characters actually meet and become friends (which we didn't get to see in 1 and 2).
Having seen all of the episodes of Series 4, I think it's fair to say that this series is not as good. This is ironic, as this is probably the most ambitious of all of the series so far. The main problem is that, like the previous three series, each episode focuses on a character, but in this case there is too much focus, almost to the point that it excludes the other characters. Obviously, if you like the character, you will probably enjoy the episode, but if you don't care for them, you probably won't. For example, I watched Thomas' episode on television as it was the first episode, but probably will avoid it when watching the series again on DVD.
For me, the Emily/Naomi relationship is the most interesting storyline of the show, and whilst Emily's episode was good, I felt annoyed that Naomi wasn't given her own episode this series (and contrary to what people claim, the last episode is not "mainly" Naomi's). To me, it just seems strange that the creators chose to give Thomas and Katie their own episodes, yet Naomi and Pandora - who are, in my opinion, much more interesting and entertaining characters - don't. Pandora was extremely underused this series, which is a shame.Read more ›
...However, this was not the case.
There was so much potential for this series, it literally couldn't have had a better build up. But I was sadly let down by the down right absurd story lines and acting that wasn't really up to scratch. The fifth episode (Freddie's) is by far the most weirdest one ever created. Now don't get me wrong, he is my favourite character out the lot, but I sat shocked at how jumbled and out-of-place everything seemed in his episode. I wont spoil it for you, just see for yourself. The other episodes didn't offer anything new, it was just so average for such a great program.
BUT, there are some redeeming factors, such as two episodes that stood out from the rest. These being Cook's and JJ's. They are GREAT. Cook's episode sees him having to come to terms with what he has done, and realising what harm he's done to other people. It was fantastic to see this sort of character arc, and it brought him to life, which definitely made him to most interesting person to watch during the series. Then there's JJ's episode, which sees him start to fall in love with a girl who works at the same confectionery store as him. But it turns out that she comes with some baggage. This episode seemed to turn a blind eye to everything else that was going on in the series and concentrate on itself. Which is a good thing by the way.Read more ›
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Season which ultimately leaves you feeling unsatisfied. The opening episode sets the tone for the season, a suicide in a night club within the first 10 minutes of the opening... Read morePublished 12 months ago by L.W