Waterloo Road

Season 4 Episode 1

Series 4 Episode 1

Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Jan 07, 2009 on BBC
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Series 4 Episode 1
Another term at Waterloo Road begins, and Rachel's ready to start again after her accident in the fire. But soon she's in the deep end when a group of new pupils start causing havoc.

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  • Waterloo road has been hugely successful in the United Kingdom from early '06. . A simple premise, a failing school, but the storylines are so well developed anyone who has been in education in United Kingdom can relate to it. This a perfect example.moreless

    This episode started with the head teacher, Rachel Mason, waking up in a hospital and hallucinating about what would happen when she returned to school. The hallucination was done perfectly enough to create an intense feel but not enough that it made you feel overwhelmed or seemed implausible. The injuries on her have clearly been made by the fire from the last season however the good thing is that this season is not jumping back frequently to the past and therefore allows for people to join the program now and not have to watch all previous seasons.

    The main storyline picked up on here is that a new family, the Kellys have arrived with a murky past and the mother seems to just want rid of her children and to be left alone. The oldest brother, Marley, appears level-headed and has taken on the role of a father to his younger siblings with the absence of any real figure of fatherhood. The second eldest is Sambuca Kelly who has trouble fitting in and seems to have very low self-esteem. The middle child is Earl Kelly whose character can simply be described as "borderline psychopathic". The second youngest is Denzil Kelly who looks up to both of his brothers however doesn't know which path he should follow. The youngest is a toddler who doesn't seem to have a name yet. Most of the family are trying to be kind to Rachel (like the rest of the school), but this is likely because of some ulterior motives. However, one member of the family, Earl, does not take kindly to being forced to do things he doesn't want to do. The twist is that Earl is carrying more than some sandwiches and a bottle of Ribena in his bag...he is carrying a revolver.

    The storyline takes a powerful twist when Earl takes a disliking to some students and begins terrorizing and blackmailing them. However, someone knows that he can't get away with this and has to say something. Unfortunately only goes as far as telling that there is a gun in the school. Earl finds out that someone has told and decides to give his younger brother the gun by manipulating him. The intense scene that follows is amazingly well done still managing to retain the emotion of the scene even when introducing a S.W.A.T team. The reason I think that this episode is such a good episode is that it shows a lot of emotion and manages to draw you in so you feel the power of what is happening(I was tempted to put tearjerker). However my problem with this episode is small but I hope it picks up later and that problem is the lack of humour. I mean sure when Grantly got his new hair and Jasmine "slagged" off P.E. teachers it was really funny, but it wasn't enough. I hope that more humour is pulled into later episodes, but I loved this one nevertheless.

    Bring back Grantly and his dance!

Lauren Thomas

Lauren Thomas

Aleesha Dillon

Recurring Role

Katie Griffiths

Katie Griffiths

Chlo Grainger

Recurring Role

Lucy Dixon

Lucy Dixon

Danielle Harker

Recurring Role

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