[SPOILER ALERT: The following review contains key details from the previous season’s finale.]
For the uninitiated, Skins is an hour-long teen drama from the BBC that also airs on BBC America. The series follows the lives of a group of young friends as they struggle with the trails and tribulations that come with adolescence and early adulthood. Sex, alcohol, drugs, parties, and other issues are dealt with in a frank and at times explicit ways. This is not a show for young kids.
It’s a great series. But, much like Lost, if you start with Volume Two you’ll have no idea what’s going on. It’s very much a teen soap opera that should be watched from the beginning of the series. And it’s not that hard, each volume only has ten episodes.
Skins: Volume Two starts up six months after Tony’s (Nicholas Hoult) accident; he was hit by a bus at the end of the last volume’s finale. As he recovers (yes, he survived), his friends and family must cope with his new personality.
At the same time, his friends Sid (Mike Bailey), Michelle (April Pearson), Maxxie (Mitch Hewer), Chris (Joseph Dempsie), Jal (Larissa Wilson), Cassie (Hannah Murray), and Anwar (Dev Patel from Slumdog Millionaire) have their own personal crises, dilemmas, and complications that heighten the drama in their lives and the lives of those around them.
As I mentioned in my review of Skins: Volume One, this is what Gossip Girl, 90210, and other teen dramas in America wish they could get away with on the air. Skins is edgy, provocative, and engaging. It’s must-see for anyone interested in seeing what quality TV series are like in other countries.
Bonus features include deleted scenes, actor auditions, and the Skins Christmas Special!
Skins: Volume Two parties its way to an A+. A definite must-see, but please watch Volume One first.