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Talk Back: BBC America's "Skins"

Given as enamored as I am of BBC America's latest series offering, Skins, I am curious to know what those of you who tuned in thought of the series' first two episodes, which aired back-to-back last night on BBC America.

If you haven't read my original advance review of Skins' first three episodes, click here to read about a series that I described as "absolutely gripping, funny, and emotionally resonant" and "filled to the rafters with quirky and complex characters, all of whom seem shockingly real."

If you tuned in last night, what did you like best about Skins? (Or conversely, what didn't you like?) Which characters were the best drawn and which ones were (for now, anyway) lacking in definition? And what did you think about both the premiere episode's cliffhanger (you know which one I mean) and the Cassie storyline?

Talk back here.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: The Big Bang Theory/How I Met Your Mother (CBS); Summer Olympics (NBC); Gossip Girl (CW); High School Musical: Get in the Picture (ABC); Prison Break (FOX)

9 pm: Two and a Half Men/New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS); One Tree Hill (CW); Bewitched (ABC; 9-11 pm); Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX)

10 pm: CSI Miami (CBS)

What I'll Be Watching

8 pm: Gossip Girl.

Looking to relive the freshman season of the teen soap? On tonight's repeat episode ("Woman on the Verge"): Serena proves old habits die hard when she slips into her old behavior pattern after Georgina spills the truth about why she left Manhattan; Blair, Nate, and Chuck put aside their complicated feelings for each other to help Serena.

10 pm: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on Travel Channel.

This week on No Reservations, Tony travels to Spain, where he samples the local culinary traditions and sees if the presence of Ferran Adria has inspired others to follow in his footsteps.

10 pm: Weeds on Showtime.

On this week's episode of Weeds ("The Love Circle Overlap"),
Nancy discovers that the tunnel is being used for other things than just drugs but Esteban puts her fears to rest; Celia's family stages an intervention; Shane explores some new territory with his two girlfriends; Andy finds Maria.

Comments

Anonymous said…
It's Ferran Adria. Love the column!
Steve said…
Having seen the British version of Skins, I was a little disappointed by the changes they made for showing on BBC America (notably, the amazing soundtrack being replaced with cheaper-royalty no-name music, the shortening of the awesome title sequence, and the censoring of certain 'dirty' words when plenty else is left in.)

That said, the series is still incredible. Watch through both seasons and you will be deeply rewarded. It's fantastic.
Melissa said…
I've got it cached to watch tonight. Watched the first 15 and am intriuged so far. Will report back after viewing.
I was a little unsure after the first episode. Tony was a funny character but a little too cocky to be likable. But then Sid and the other characters came into the picture and piqued my interest... enough to watch the second episode which focused mostly on the deliriously charming Cassie. Such a wonderful character! I absolutely fell in love with her. If the show had kept its focus on Tony and his "too cool for school" ways, I think I would have tuned out. But, with its shifting focus and myriad of interesting characters I think I'm going to just like it more and more.
Anonymous said…
I forgot to record it, so I have the first two set to record now - I will let you know!
Melissa said…
Watched the first one now, loved it. Love that they riffed on Dawsons Creek in the dialogue

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