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A Let Down In Parts
on 14 March 2009
Ok let me start off the review of Series 3 of Skins by saying something that has been bugging me, and that is the automatic assumption that Skins is for a late teens/early twenties audience only and that us oldies (I'm 36) won't like it or get it (believe it or not WE WERE YOUNG ONCE TOO!).
So on to the review, which to be honest is made with some episodes still left to air here in the UK (the most recently episode aired being Effy's).
Skins series 1 was the party, series 2 the come down afterwards if you like; the repercussions of everything that had gone on in Series 1, was brought to a close in series 2 abeit abruptly with the last episode leaving much unanswered.
The show's writers then made a bold move to replace the full main cast apart from Effy (Kaya Scodelario), and her friend Pandora (Lisa Backwell), a move which does seem to have worked well allowing them to bring in new characters; Cook (Jack O'Connell); Freddie (Luke Pasqualino), twins Katie (Megan Prescott) and Emily (Kathryn Prescott), JJ (Ollie Barbieri), Naomi (Lily Loveless) and Thomas(Merveille Lukeba)
And here in lies the problem with series 3, while replacing the cast as worked better than many (myself included) would have anticipated, with a very talented ensemble cast of young actors and actresses, however elements of the show are unbelievable (yes this may enhance the show but it is supposed to be a drama show, which is reasonably realistic to modern life and at times you are expected to extend believe far and beyond what is plausible) and this sometimes feels like the writers have gone to such lengths purely to differentiate between the current series and previous ones which is unnecessary.
Also maybe series 3 has been rushed into production a little before it should have been as you when watching at times you can see aspects of the personalities from series 1 and 2 characters, lumped together which sometimes don't work (current characters could have been developed further given more time) admittedly the cast has more than made up for this shortfall, although there does seem to be a lot more violence and swearing purely for the sake of it which at times does seem over the top.
Overall it may be a too big a difference for fans of Series 1 & 2, although with episodes left it will be interesting to see how things develop, but still worth a watch, and lets hope series 4 is a improvement on series 3.