Has the circus come to town or what?
To everyone’s thrill, the fifth season of the British TV hit Skins has finally landed to our boring monitors. Another 10 episodes of in-your-face sex, drugs, relationships and gender bonkers, and all sort of teenage problems will once again remind us that we do live insufferably black-and-white lives and that sometimes, reveling towards the the dark side is the bestest option to consider.
The beautiful Dakota Blue Richards leads the cast. She plays the androgynous, socially awkward, stuttering Franky who tries to live the present without a past. Franky had a bitter one though, having bullied by classmates. Apparently, her former classmates do not understand her fierceness.
It was Franky’s first day of class as a late transferee. In crowds, she snakes in with her Oxford shoes, ethnic headphones and the long coat (which kind of remind me of what Tony used to wear in the first episode of the entire series ever). And she all does this with a prolific song, “Be Brave” by The Strange Boys, to rev her engine.
On her way to school, Franky, with the hopes of “fitting in,” innocuously draws virtually the whole collegiate population in Roundview after crashing literally a motorbike she stole to flee from crooked-toothed bullies in the other street.
The hyperventilating queen bee Mini, shocked by the accident, then shares a scoff with her friends at the new girl (a la Cady Heron in the culturallysignificant Mean Girls. “Has the circus come to town or what?” she quips.
Later, Franky gets more ~attention*~ by absently knocking Mini in hockey class. Mini retaliates furiously by dragging Franky down onto the mud.
“Nobody does that to me!” she cries. “Better watch your back!”
Ahh, I can simply juxtapose this to the Blair-Serena short-skirt catfight in Gossip Girl.
At lunch, Mini, flanked by BFFs Grace and Liv, try to be nice to Franky. (On second thought, Grace and Liv apart seem to like Franky.) And oh, they also actually invite her out as a part of their clique, disregarding nobodies Alo and Rich who seem very interested at Franky.
In their rendezvous in the mall– crazed thanks to metamphetamine (?)– Franky seems AGAIN to get all the attention from both Grace and Liv.
The jealous Mini, on the other hand, asks Franky to a party but in one condition: The andro-genius Franks should wear the ugly, flammable sequin dress Mini bought her.
Yeah, the dress looked ridiculous even for me.
Later on, in Franky’s home, Mini et al find out Franky’s “secret.” That she was indeed a laughingstock in her former school.
This was without Franky’s permission, however, so Franky makes the three bitchaz to lay it under wraps. They all agree. Hmm.
Meanwhile, to the tune of another The Strange Boys song, You Can Only Love When You Want, Franky decides to shed down her tuxedo gear and wears… gasp, sleeveless! Va-va-voom! Everyone’s actually looking at her again! Only this time, they’re in awe. Even Nic, who looks effortlessly the “airhead jock” label in high school at best, is quite crushing on her.
PS Nic is Mini’s beau, btw. Yikes.
Insecure Mini actually hits the roof. She spreads along the corridor the incriminating photos of Franky she found on a social network site “Friendlook.” Aha! This scenario seems like the scene in Darren Stein’s Jawbreaker where Vylette, the once-loser-turned-queen-bee, was attacked by her jeering schoolmates.
“FUCK YOUUUUUU!” Franky cries. She then storms out, and shoots pellets with her replica gun in a nowhere field. Later, a lurking mystery guy appears and they converse a bit.
I don’t know about you but strange yet romantic stuff like this have never happened to me. (In my last trip to the province, I made friends with a Canadian. He was at my back so during the entire two hours discussing faux-nationalism, linguistics, etc., I had to turn back at him. Hence my indescribably sore neck.)
So in the end, Franky decides to come out of her shell and tries to apprehend Mini at her own party. The soiree where she was “disinvited.” And guess what was belting off the radio. Yes, Fergie’s Glamorous.
The HBIC Mini roars at her, saying she’ll never be part of their group any longer. Ugh, the “bulimic Barbie.”
As Franky exits, the willing Grace comes with her, and so do resident losarrrs Alo and Rich.
At the end of the episode, the new gang wallows in champagne and chlorine, thinking that hey, ‘life could never be better than this.’
But of course, the horrors of clashing with ice princess Mini await.
PHOTOS CREDIT: Skins Website
And oh, if you”re asking about US~Skins, of course I watched the premiere. I almost strangled myself afterward.