Not So Aptly Named..

February 26, 2010

Tears were shed, but explanations were given. I’ve always known that something a bit deeper than what they were letting on was going on in Effys mind, so I’d rather that they call this episode “Effy” as opposed to “Freddie”. Sure, it made an odd connection to the bitter tale of his mother’s fate, and I loved his grandfather, who seemed like such a sweetheart. But I have to ask, what did Freddie learn from this episode? To let go of the one thing he loves in order to move on-come on. Cook’s already learned that. Perhaps he finally grew to respect and love his father, but I don’t recall any sign of that except for the big hug in the hospital. And as much as I wanted to cry for him, the only sorrow and fright I felt was when he found Effy in the bathroom-that’s when the waterworks got turned on. It’s probably because I’m biased and ┬áTeam Effy all the way, but I think that Freddie’s overall behavior, in the end, was prick-like. He could have done better. He shouldn’t have run. That just pissed me off.

“You’ve made me weak” explained Elizabeth Stonem to her enamored lover, Freddie McClair. I realized then how much I agreed with this statement, how right on it was. Throughout all the time that I’ve known Effy on Skins, she’s been solid as a rock and the most independent, fiery character. This episode, aside from the end of her episode in Series 3, was the first time I’ve ever seen her as a really venerable person, and it was the first time I’ve ever noticed that her iron shell of an epidermis get sliced through to show what’s happening deep on the inside. And I think that it’s all Freddie’s fault.

I love Effy. I can’t say the same for Freddie, and I have to admit that I feel like he’s doing something wrong. I hate him for running away from Mrs. Stonem, who has also been as fortunate as Effy to have a part in all four seasons. Perhaps that’s why I feel so much more attached to these characters, they’ve been with me for the past three or so years. I really think that Freddie needs to be there for Effy, as much as he may think he doesn’t. She’s obviously suffering from something more complex than anyone had ever let on. Or maybe not.

I know I’ve said this many times, but I’m going to say it again. EFFY NEEDS TONY. If they could just bring Nicholas Hoult back for one episode-even just three minutes of screen time-I’d be content with everything. I don’t need anything else, but Tony’s return would just prove to me that everything with Effy is going to be alright. He’s all she needs. He’s all the show needs to make this season a successful one. But I know it’s not going to happen-who am I kidding? He’s too busy working in A Single Man alongside Colin Firth to give a damn about Skins. But his presence would really be the nicest touch to the Effy episode.

Come back, please!

The thing is, I had no idea that any of this was coming. I wish that the writers had let on that something was really going on with Effy, because everything was all peaches and cream in the previous episodes this season. I couldn’t imagine anything like this happening. I mean, I’ve always known that Effy was a bit loopy, but she’s always been able to control herself, as well as those around her. I honestly blame Freddie for everything that’s happened to her, and I also blame Effy for letting herself give in to the overbearing devotion and attention that Freddie gave to her. She can do it alone.



February 25, 2010

Things I love:

John Cusack

Say Anything

In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel

oh! hey! look at that!

Snow Days?!?!?

February 24, 2010

I CAN’T TAKE IT ANY MORE. If we have yet ANOTHER snow day (or two…) I’ll strangle someone. There is no way I’m going to willingly sacrifice a sum of my paycheck to go to school in late June, when school should be out already. Also, I want to get my tests/quizzes/presentations/work done so that I’m not even farther behind than I already am. At this point (24 days left until the official start of the spring season) snow is just a huge inconvenience for me. It gets in the way of my trip to the Met on Friday, the test I have in AP World tomorrow and distribution of Towers on Friday, just to name a few of the items on my schedule for the next few days. I am an impatient person-so much so that it’s practically my middle name-and I like to get things over with. For instance, this test. I just want to move on in history and get my grades in, etc, etc. And besides, if tomorrow is a snow day, I don’t have anything to do. I’m bored with playing in the snow because last time I did I got a handful of it down my shirt, which created an unpleasant burning sensation on my bare back. I’m all caught up on TV and I’m in no mood for movie watching. I also don’t want to trek all the way to Maria or Emmy’s house…but I’ll probably end up doing that in order to keep myself entertained. Or maybe I’ll just spend my day doing what I did for the last 6-day-weekend: sit at my desk staring at the computer screen. How productive.

All I can do is pray that the snow either completely surpasses Mercer County or that we don’t get the predicted 8-12 inches. No snow dances for me, no sir!

Dizzy With Anticipation

February 21, 2010

As a prospective English major, I expect myself to be offended by these blasphemous re-writes. However, I was born with a sense of humor, and cannot find anything about Ben H. Winter’s quirky novels that I hate. Yes, maybe it would be better to read the original first, but after the delight that ensued while reading Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, I can only assume that Android Karenina will be nothing but fun. I can’t be mad at someone who makes me laugh so hard-the only hard feelings that I harbor stem from the fact that I didn’t think of it first. Summer reading material, for sure. I mean, I’m assuming that Tolstoy is rolling in his grave right now, but this isn’t the worst that could be done with his works. Humans are savage idiots, and I think that Winters’ work is mockery in it’s highest form. He pokes fun with class, and if these revisions are to be done in a fun way, it should at least be done with class. Kudos, Ben H. Winters, for a job well done. Everyone’s going to be a critic, but in my eyes, you are an innovative thinker with a knack for humor and some real guts. It takes a lot to publish books like these.

Daily What?!?!?

February 20, 2010

And now for the most confusing thing I have seen all day long. This may be one of my favorite tracks off of the new album, but the video for Vampire Weekend’s “Giving Up The Gun” has got to be the strangest thing they’ve released yet.

Take a look for yourself..

…the strangest guest appearances ever. Why does Jake Gyllenhaal keep showing up in music videos? (See: “Blame It” by Jamie Foxx) And how the hell did they get RZA? Seriously?

Just Around The Corner

February 18, 2010

The lineup for bonnaroo is up and has me wishing I was 18 and/or out of the house/high school so I could go!!!! This is one of the most exciting lineups I’ve ever seen!! All Points West had better do last year justice, I’m still waiting (impatiently) for that to arrive. And Bamboozle Day 2 is looking rather inviting this year-if I can make it, I’ll be there.
I love festival season!!!!!!!!!

You Should Listen To This

February 17, 2010

Beautiful Cover

And another

Two amazing songs covered by two of my favorite bands, acting as an antidote to the large dose of bad day that I had today.

Here’s something else that helps, the song that Marcus has gotten stuck in my head for the past three days:

Oof, winter. 31 days until spring!