Skins

Season 1 Episode 10

Eura

1
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 21, 2011 on MTV - Music Television
7.0
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Tony must recruit his friends in order to help find his missing sister, Eura.

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  • Eura

    7.5
    Well this was the episode I have been dreading all season. The British version did a fantastic version with the character: Effy, and I was just worried that US version would ruin it for all of us. But I was pleasantly surprised.



    Skins finally came of it's own tonight, the finale here was entirely different from the British version and they managed to make the episode an entertaining hour of television. Yes, Stan & Cadie still have no chemistry, and yes, the once likable Tea is intolerable now, but this episode was still good.



    I loved how everyone chipped in to "save" Eura, which ironically brought them closer together. I didn't expect it to be Eura's scheme the entire time. Stanley's (or the actor's) singing wasn't awful and I actually found myself singing along. Also I commend the show on it's camera shots, they did a really good job with that.



    Skins (US) hasn't actually proved itself to be a "good" show by any standard, but it's definitely finding it's footing. And I'm actually find myself looking forward to the second season of Skins (US) if there is one.moreless
  • The acting on this show, initially its biggest liability, has improved remarkably. Newman and Britne Oldford are still problematic, but Thevenard, Daniel Flaherty, and Sofia Black-D'Elia are uniformly strong.

    8.0
    Well, we've made it. After 10 weeks, the first season of Skins has come to an end on MTV. When it debuted way back in January, much of the attention focused on the show's sensationalistic subject matter. MTV certainly invited all the hand-wringing. Let's not forget, BBC America was airing the original, arguably more offensive version of Skins well before the MTV series debuted, but it didn't have the budget to wallpaper the entire world with posters that looked like snapshots of a teen orgy. The show debuted with a bang, if you will, but as the ratings have dwindled, so has all the controversy: It turns out the Puritans, like the TV execs they loathe, only care about ratings. For pop culture obsessives, the question wasn't whether Skins was kiddie porn, or a dangerous glamorization of drug and alcohol use. What really mattered, at least to those of us who spend too much time watching TV, was this: Just how bad would a quasi-American Skins be? The answer-not terrible, but not great either-is about as anticlimactic as tonight's season finale.



    For a show that's scored middling ratings, this season ended without a compelling cliffhanger. Maybe this was a conscious decision to end the season-and possibly the series-with something like closure, in case MTV decides to lower the boom. Or maybe the whole Tony-getting-hit-by-a-bus thing just wasn't going to work in translation. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed this particular plot point was abandoned. As you are all, by now, sick of hearing me say, James Newman is, far and away, the weakest thing about Skins. I was looking forward to the possibility of a second season in which Tony would more or less catatonic. So why the decision to spare Tony? I can't be sure. Maybe the writers have consciously decided to curtail the melodrama, or maybe they want to keep Tony a central part of a potential second season. In any case, it looks like Tony's cranium is firmly intact, which doesn't leave much dramatic incentive for a second season.



    This version of Skins ostensibly uses the same format as its original-each episode is told from the point of view of a different character-but I don't think the show has fully exploited the possibilities of these subjective shifts. The episodes never feel as vignette-like or self-contained as the British ones do, and we don't really "dive in" to the world of each character in quite the same way. Tonight's episode, which nominally follows Eura, Tony's voluntarily mute younger sister, is a prime example. In the British series, there's an endless and, frankly, kind of ridiculous episode devoted to Tony's late-night search for his sister Effy, who's been abducted by rich drug fiends in order to get back at Tony for his malevolent, attention-hogging ways; in tonight's episode, Eura stages her own "kidnapping" to get back at Tony for his malevolent, attention-hogging ways. It's certainly more plausible this way, but still-something else has been lost. For one, Eura gives in and speaks way too quickly. The show barely makes an effort to sustain her unsettling muteness, giving up on the stunt before they've even started it, really. What we've gained in narrative coherence, we've lost in emotional resonance and formal risk-taking. The question, I suppose, is which do you value more?



    On the plus side, the writing in this version of Skins is much tidier, especially when it comes to the Tina-Chris and Tony-Tea storylines-both of which make much more sense in this version. The downside is that some of the shape-shifting magic of the original has been lost. Rather than a whimsical, fourth-wall-breaking series about teens, we've got something else entirely. It got off to a brutal start, but somewhere around episode five, Skins settled into an inoffensive groove as a mostly very earnest, issues-oriented teen soap, a more self-aware version of Degrassi, Fifteen or-bear with me on this reference-Tribes. It's a guilty pleasure, rather than a show adults can watch without apology.



    In most ways, tonight's episode bore little, if any, resemblance to the original season one finale. Based on what we've learned so far, this should be a good thing-Skins is at its been best when it's struck out on its own. Yet somehow, I found myself underwhelmed by the utter safeness of this finale. Perhaps this is because I was, as mentioned before, eagerly anticipating Tony's collision with a speeding vehicle, only to be disappointed when he escaped with a few punches to the head. But there are other reasons, too. The Stan-Michelle-Cadie plotline is also, at this point, too muddled for me to care much about. Does Stan like Cadie or Michelle? Eh, I have no idea. The key to a successful love triangle is audience investment in the outcome; I'm not so sure anyone has much riding on Stan's decision. Put a gun to my head, and I'd say Michelle, mostly because of Rachel Thevenard. She's the only performer on the series who's made me really care about her character. Otherwise, I don't have a strong opinion; worse, I don't think the writers do, either. Even they seem unsure of the whole thing. It's nice to see the nerd get the girls, I suppose, but that's about it. As the episode draws to a close, it looks like Stan has, for the moment, settled on Michelle, and that's, well, fine.



    But the most ho-hum aspect of this finale was the impromptu duet between Stan and Cadie. She challenges him to "express himself" and do something crazy; he takes to the stage and starts singing the timeless Tears for Fears classic, "Shout." On one level, it was a risky, slightly anachronistic moment more suitable for a John Hughes movie than a show that's usually jam-packed with the latest indie rock cues. Viewed in isolation, the scene kinda-sorta works: I started out wincing, ended up smiling. But then, I remembered the original finale, which featured something much bolder-and much, much more thrilling to watch: A strangely poignant sequence in which Sid and various characters, including bloody, unconscious Tony, lip synch to Cat Stevens's "Wild World." Sure, it was flashy, but it also perfectly captured the show's unique tone, at once melodramatic and subversive, earnest and ironic. It was exhilarating and memorable. Viewed in this light, Stan and Cadie's rendition of "Shout" is a tepid half–measure. To borrow the car metaphor I proposed last week, what we've got, courtesy of MTV, is something that may run a little more reliably than its British counterpart, but it never gets over 50. Will this be enough to earn the show a second season? I'm not so sure.moreless
  • watching the UK version and the US version just a more tamed but still fun to watch but....

    6.5
    i was expecting the bus hit.... why didn't tony get hit by a bus while saving little sis. as that makes the 2nd and 3rd season story, if the are going to still try to fallow the UK uncensored version.



    it's really fun watching eps 1 of uk then us shows. huge deja vu. sad that the US one druggy girl was just that. not also one who never eats. plus i find it a bit odd that the gay girl vs guy. makes the show diff i guess. still works . i hope they do a good 2nd season



    for anyone who hasn't seen the UK 5 seasons. it's worth getting the first 4. and 3,4 well i don't want to say. as it could spoil the US shows.



    really wanted the bus hit... ;-(moreless

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    • Music:


      Figurines - "Free Today"
      Darkstar - "Ddear Heartbeat"
      Man man - "Piranha's Club"
      Lionshare - "Me and Mandy"
      Valleys - "Tan Lines"
      Hooray For Earth - "Surrounded by Your Friends"
      Little Tybee - "Holding Stones"
      Guido - "Shades of Blue"
      Fat Segal - "Elgrin"
      Fat Segal - "Silly Billy Borg"
      Starscream - "Kepler's Star Catalog"
      Starscream feat. Britne Oldford and Danny Flaherty - "Shout"
      Sophie Barker - "Say Goodbye"
      3D Friends - "Lina Magic"

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