Thursday, February 26, 2009

I’m tired of hearing about AIDs already

Degrassi High: Season Two (1989)

Bad Blood: Part One

Starring: Canadian teens, amazing clothes, lots of posters for AIDs awareness

The Gist: Joey Jeremiah takes the very orthodox route of trying to raise money by streaking through the Degrassi cafeteria. Meanwhile Dwayne, the school bully, gets some bad news from his too-hot girlfriend whose name I can’t be bothered rewinding the DVD for. Anyway she’s HIV positive and now he’s got to get tested. Oh and this clingy girl is getting cheated on by Theo from The Cosby Show and his stunning hair, but she doesn’t know it yet. I’m not sure where this fits into the agenda of the episode but I’m hoping he breaks up with her in part two by shaving “Beat It Michelle” into his hair.

And then what happens?: This is just the first part so no one has learned any lessons yet. That’s wonderful. I remember Degrassi Junior High from reruns they put on Nickelodeon in the mid-nineties, in between marathons of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Ready or Not. Do you remember Ready or Not? These two Canadian girls went through the ups and downs of adolescence: boys, betches, anorexia, being called a “wop”, you name it. Anyway, both of these shows taught me the important lesson that Canadian people have hilarious clothes.

See it for: A scene at the beginning when one of the girls is filming a tape for LD, a girl who’s out of school for medical reasons. She asks the other girls if they’ve heard about how LD’s doing and one says, right on the tape: “Oh no, more cancer?”.

Level of Crazy: 8. Will Dwayne learn that hot girls have AIDs?

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