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Degrassi: The Next Generation, Season 2
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Season 2 is when all of the episodes began being named after songs from the 80's. The action intensified during the second season. New characters were introduced. Craig Manning was the first new character introduced in a major way during season 2. Craig's father was extremely abusive. Craig is the half brother to Joey Jeremiah's daughter Angela. Joey eventually takes Craig under his roof. Craig had a lot of storylines during season 2. Two new characters who were introduced that had connected stories were Ellie and Marco. Ellie is a different girl. She isn't quite as Goth as Ashley becomes but she has piercings and a very unique look. Marco questions his sexuality. He and Ellie form a close bond during season 2.
The most disturbing storyline of season 2 might be the date rape young Paige experiences. She was not a favorite with fans always because of her attitude, but her rape brought sympathy to her character. Paige also had to deal with the after burden of the rape when her attacker comes to Degrassi for a sports event.
Little Emma is still cute and sweet during season two and her best friend Manny is still a bit innocent, although she does have a major crush on Craig. During season 2, Craig and Manny don't get very far in their relationship. Emma's mother Spike marries her teacher Archie, Mr. Simpson. The wedding brings back several cast members from Degrassi Junior High as Caitlin and Lucy show up to offer Spike support on her big day.
Ashley deals with esteem issues. She feels like she needs to be a certain way to be friends with Ellie. Ellie explains to her that she doesn't have to get a piercing just to be her friend. Ashley also isn't sure if she wants to stay Goth or go back to her old look.Read more ›
There are so many things that make this show a success. The cast is picture perfect. This is not the type of series that casts 25-year-olds to play someone in 9th grade. The team behind Degrassi goes for realism all the way. Because a they have a 14-year-old actor play a 14-year-old character, it packs a more dramatic punch when we see the sometimes very troublesome situations the characters get themselves in. This isn't a hilarious teen comedy show like Saved By the Bell. The characters are all three-dimensional and you won't find any stereotypes. The cast of young actors represents a true cross-section of the sort of kids you would see in real life.
As far as the storylines go, the superb first season dealt with many issues, such as teen drinking, internet stalkers, final exam stress, and in the season finale, the show became darker as one of the main characters, Ashley, overdosed on Ecstasy at a party.
Here, in the second season, the stories get even darker. Ashley spends the majority of this season dealing with how her behavior in the season one finale ruined her social life. Paige, the snobby rich girl with a heart of gold, learns the hard way that to some guys "no" doesn't always mean "no." Marco, a new character introduced this season, must deal with his sexuality. As for the adults, Emma's mother, Christine, decides to marry her boyfriend, science teacher Archie Simpson.Read more ›
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I bought this as a gift; and she was very happy and pleased with it. This was a great find!Published 5 months ago by Resa
I see all of the reviews on here are talking about how amazing Degrassi: The Next Generation is as a TV series. And, I cannot agree more. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kacie