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on 14 January 2010
The first series of Sugar Rush was wonderfully original, and the makers felt they needed to take the show forward second time round. Instead of out-doing it, they have over-done it.
No plot twist is too ludicrous, no coincidence too implausible for Series 2. I won't spoil it by giving examples, but time after time (at least twice in each episode) a character walks in (or out) at PRECISELY the wrong moment. Unfortunately, the unfolding story totally depends on these ridiculously implausible coincidences. The plot has become so utterly contrived that any sense of realism is lost. Upping the sex content is a poor substitute for good writing, although presumably the need to get straight (so to speak) to some girl-on-girl action explains why Kim's coming out to her family was allowed to fall into the gap between Series 1 and 2. And what happened to the humour?
Characters that were charmingly batty have become lurid caricatures of themselves. Sugar, who was obliviously self-centred in Series 1, is by now so consciously devious and manipulative as to be positively evil. Kim's father Nathan was neurotic enough in the first series, but his hand-wringing self-pity is now nauseating. Her mother Stella only avoids the same trap because her character is reduced to little more than shrugging her shoulders and reaching for another glass of wine while her husband prattles on. Olivian Hallinan as Kim is again excellent, but even she struggles to make her character's gullibility convincing.
Over-written and over-acted, Sugar Rush 2 is a perfect example of a series over-reaching itself. What a shame it went so wrong so quickly.