Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I just got through the first season of this British teen soap. It caught a lot of buzz because of how edgy it is, i.e. teenagers having random sex, doing tons of drugs, etcetera. I found it wildly uneven, some of it funny, perceptive, disturbing (all in a good way) and some of it pretty terrible--over-the-top broad comedy, unrealistic character motivation. The biggest chasm was between the nuanced teenage characters and the cartoonish adult characters, most of which are presented as monstrous buffoons and sex-addicts. Some of the acting was good, in particular Nicholas Hoult ( who I knew as the boy in About a Boy) as a borderline sociopath and self-appointed leader of the group of teens that make up the show.