Let me preface this by saying I LOVE Skins. If they had had this show when I was a teenager, I would have been ordering my mom to subscribe to BBCAmerica and plopping down religiously in front of the television. Forget that the show “goes there” harder and better than that other teen show which claims such high praise (*Cough*Degrassi*Cough*) and the fact that British television is just generally better written than shows this side of the pond. This is an exceptionally well written show even to Britain’s standards. They have not failed to bring well rounded characters and exceptional dialogue to content which in other shows might have become stale. Even the lack of dialogue which has been largely present in Series three has a poignancy to it which breaks the heart.
The main character Effie (which is weirdly short for Elizabeth) herself, is largely stoic, often failing to speak what is on her mind and closing her heart to the outside world. She has a right to. Sudiences fell in love with Effie in Series 2, when she was the victim of an attack which was brought about largely by the actions of her own brother. Effie was the collateral damage in a revenge scheme. Now, in Series 3, she follows in her brother’s footsteps, as the manipulative popular beauty, and in doing so, becomes both the object of her childhood admiration and the kind of person who hurts others – the kind of person who is responsible for creating the tensions which she herself once fell victim to.
It’s a vicious circle, and she can’t keep it up forever. Kaya Scodelario who plays Effie manages to both portray the monster and manipulator while maintaining the “little-girl-lost” beautifully, all while hardly speaking a word.
The direction and photography of the show is just as important with interesting angles, effects and telling style.
I love this show… and I’ve only spoken about one of the characters.
I can’t wait to watch Series Four.