DN Review: Better Off Alone

1 Aug

I loved the episode, I really did but it went a little fast. It seemed like the main plot could have continued for a few more episodes without it dragging on. I was kind of disappointed with the ending but I’ll get into that later. The divorce sub-plot could have made it into the show as a main-plot, but it’s just to lead us in for a bigger, more exciting adventure to come. I really couldn’t get drawn in with the Alli-Drew scenes. Probably because the other plots were much more interesting.

KC’s mom is back in the picture, whether KC likes it or not. After repeated attempts trying to get in contact with KC his mom show’s up after one of his football games. She has filed paperwork to gain custody of KC back, but there’s one problem: KC doesn’t want to live with her. Eventually he decides to see how she has changed her life around by seeing her for one night. He deliberately sends her out of the house for ice cream so he can find any proof that she is an unfit mother, which gets Jenna upset. Along with keying Coach Armstrong’s car he finds a bottle of alcohol and decides to have a good time with Fitz and Bianca. This is something that Jenna does not approve of. He then returns to his mom’s apartment the following day and blames the drinking on his mother. The two talk over their differences and come to a sudden happy ending with KC now staying with his Mom.

Jenna is (believe it or not) the reasonable one. She understands that his Mom is trying to change her life and that KC needs to accept that she’s trying. Maybe Jenna being understanding has something to do with her mother no longer being apart of her life. She probably want to do the same with her mom. The acting was one of the best that the show has had. The ending was near perfect, BUT it ended WAY too fast. Like I said, this ended with a happy ending very quickly. It could have taken at least one more episode to explore more issues before coming to a dramatic ending. Still one of the best plots so far in Degrassi: The Boiling Point.

Clare’s writing assignment is giving her a hard time. She doesn’t know what she’s doing wrong when she’s partnered with new student (and Degrassi hearthrob) Eli Goldsworthy. Eli tells her to stop caring what others think (Even going as far as making Clare scream like a wounded sheep). Clare’s problem is that she always thinks what other kids will say so she writes with no feeling. This, compiled with Clare’s father not giving the time of day to her mother is really stressing her out. Eli convinces her to write what she’s feeling for the class assignment, which works out well. But when Eli suggests her to go public with her writing she freezes when she sees her mom in the audience and walks away. I like that Eli is still on her after this to tell her mom what she’s feeling. It was a good heart-to-heart between mother and daughter when they discuss what was going on. What do you say when something like this is going on? Such raw emotion was displayed between the two. “I need to know what’s going on, don’t you?” “Yes, Clare, but I’m afraid of the answer.”

There is obviously something going on. Is he cheating? Is he just not that interested? What is he really doing that late of night (i.e. Jimmy Brook’s father+Secretary). Eli’s character so far is something I didnt think he would be. He’s kind, gracious and shows emotion. Something I wouldn’t expect from a dark, mysterious individual. I can’t wait til we see more of ELI! …and judging from your tweets and comments, neither can you guys.

The last plot just bored me. Maybe it was because the other two storylines were so fantastic that I just had no interest in Drew and Alli whatsoever. Alli is still determined to get the guy, and this time it’s Drew. They have an intense makeout session that Alli reads too much into. Alli wants to be boyfriend and girlfriend but Drew sees it as just having fun. Drew is too busy for Alli but still wants “have fun” with her. That’s it. Nothing more. Nothing less. I am really disappointed with Alli’s character this season. Not a knock on Melinda Shankar’s acting or anything but Alli just seems way too superficial this year. But that might just be me.

6 Responses to “DN Review: Better Off Alone”

  1. Tommy August 1, 2010 at 1:34 PM #

    FAIL!!! Drew and Alli scenes made the episode for me!

  2. HeatherAM August 2, 2010 at 12:46 AM #

    I agree, I think Ali has been very annoying this season. Why does she just expect a spot on Spirit Squad, to start a new club full of BFFs and a new boyfriend to just fall in her lap?

    Does it seem like they are regressing the characters? They already did a storyline on Claire needing more emotion in her writing. I know they needed a way for Claire and Eli to bond but they just did this last season. lol

  3. michelle August 3, 2010 at 1:02 AM #

    alli is really annoying, it’ll be good for the actress to take a break. love the eli/clare storyline and to see what else happens with her parents. although it’ll probably be the same ho hum stuff. i liked the kc storyline, maybe it was a little fast, but faster things have happened lol.

  4. Tori August 10, 2010 at 11:09 AM #

    i love the Adam storyline, it really gives Degrassi a huge twist.

  5. dW October 17, 2010 at 7:30 PM #

    When I saw all of the boiling point I new eli and clare is ment to be I love eli his so hothot hot ilove him

  6. desrae woods October 17, 2010 at 7:33 PM #

    I love the hot cuple clareie and eli but eli is so hot hot

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