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It may have been better if the stories had in some way related to ...
on 31 July 2017
I wasn't sure what to make of this final triple bill of Skins which replace the playful surrealism of the earlier series with hard hitting gritty realism with some stylish and artistic camera work. It had several flaws.
Firstly none of the three stories related to one another so we got a series of under developed characters and plotlines. It may have been better if the stories had in some way related to each other and possibly incorporated some of the older characters from previous series rather that introducing a whole new raft of new underdeveloped ones.
Skins 'Fire' was probably the best although fans of the Emily/Naomi romance expecting flowing passionate romance between the two will be bitterly disappointed. Skins 'Fire' focuses mainly on Effy not Naomi and actress Kathryn Prescott (Emily) only makes a few brief cameos. The script was abysmally bad in places and watching Effy and Naomi's lives descend into freefall towards the end was more like the film/novel Requiem for a Dream or some bleak Brett Easton Ellis book than Skins. It also portrayed a bleak picture of London as a City of arrogent financial wideboys and shallow money men although I give the producers some credit for choosing to avoid a cheesy feel-good ending.
Skins 'Rise' starts off quite well during the first episode but just trails off towards the end leaving numerous loose ends untied almost as if towards the end of production the producers got bored and just decided to end the series any how they could. As with the others none of the new characters were worth mentioning but I did like Cook's girlfriend 'Emma' played by lovely young actress Esther Smith. She at least had some spark of charisma and personality and it would have been nice to see a bit more of her though out the series.
I would recommend this for Skins fans of the series just don't expect a happy ending.