ive finally decided, Clare’s sexual harassment storyline in season 12 not only tops Darcy’s rape storyline in season 7, but is also THE BEST storyline in Degrassi history.
Oh, and Aislinn Paul, you’re pretty much the best actress. EVER.
I was looking forward to Sabotage and Scream SO much, but then the episodes actually premiered. Sabotage was the aftermath of Clare’s sexual harassment, but nothing new happened in the episode. In fact, she didn’t even tell Eli about what happened until the end of the episode. They should’ve focused on Clare getting her revenge in this episode and leave that crap out of the finale.
Instead, we have it dragged on. This finale doesn’t even follow the plot setup that Degrassi is known for. What the fuck is the A plot? The B plot? The C plot?
In episode descriptions for Scream it made it seem like Eli has the A plot for Part 1 as he tries to save the play. And Tristan has the A plot for Part 2 as he is bullied for being gay and can’t make it on stage.
But no. Now we have this jumbled mess where random characters are getting the opening and closing scenes rather than the A plot. WTF.
Why I like her: Her storylines are kickass
→ Favorite Line: “Everyone is happy but me.”
→ OTP: Eclare
→ BrOTP: Clare/Alli
→ Head Canon: She Skypes with Darcy every night
→ Unpopular Opinion: I’ve always loved her, never thought she was annoying.
→ A Wish: She loses her virginity and doesn’t regret it.
→ 5 Words: Alone, Rejected, Caring, Writer, Pretty
Come As You Are - Drew / Katie / Bianca - A
Notes: It’s a love triangle… but it’s a perfect love triangle.
Walking On Broken Glass (1) - Katie - A-
Notes: Relationship drama but this plot is strengthened when it’s hinted that Katie’s struggles are far more serious.
Walking On Broken Glass (2) - Drew - B-
Notes: A mushy ending kills the intense feel of this plot.
Got Your Money - Zig - B+
Notes: Should’ve focused more on how Zig deals with being poor rather than his wanting to impress Tori.
Say It Aint So - Alli - A
Notes: Throwing in a pregnancy scare for more drama was over the top… this plot wouldve done just fine on its own with Alli dealing with the decision to go to MIT, however the picture is still clear: Alli has to make huge decisions regarding her future.
Closer To Free - Jenna - B+
Notes: Jenna getting baptized for a boy is borderline ridiculous, but when we realize the real reasons the plot is nearly perfect.
Waterfalls - Clare - A+
Notes: Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Aislinn Paul delivers what could be the best performance from start to finish in years.
Rusty Cage - Cam - A+
Notes: Nearly Perfect. Wish there was a bit more cutting.
Never Ever - Imogen - A+
Sabotage (1) - Clare - B+
Notes: This episode is a perfect example at the mistake Degrassi has been making the past few years: putting random music into dramatic scenes that dilutes the seriousness of it all.
Sabotage (2) - Eli/Clare - A+
Notes: Aislinn Paul has secured herself as one of the best actors on Degrassi… ever.
Scream (1) - Eli - B-
Notes: Eli’s stress over the play is enjoyable and relatable, but is diluted with character overload when Clare’s story takes over the show.
Scream (2) - Clare - A+
Notes: A moral dilemma that surges with intrigue. The perfect end to a very enjoyable story arc.
Building A Mystery - Becky - B+
Notes: Becky’s internal struggle makes this episode worth watching, and the ending is an emotionally brilliant moment.
Doll Parts - Maya - B
Notes: Too much focus on relationship drama dilutes this plot that is supposed to be about insecurities.
I Want It That Way - Alli - B+
Notes: Alli’s struggle with fast tracking is relatable and well acted by Melinda Shankar, but is too predictable.
Tonight, Tonight - Adam - A-
Notes: This episode may be relationship focused, but the undertones of Adam’s constant struggle to be a man is what makes this plot shine.
Lovefool - Drew - A // Katie - A-
Notes: A brilliant play by the writers to use a wedding as a facade to display a much greater issue: Drew’s necessity for his mother’s approval. Meanwhile, Katie shines in a plot full of desperation.