It’s time that we have a sit down, or standing, discussion about the newest incarnation of Canadian high school. “Degrassi: Next Class” picks off where “Degrassi: The Next Generation,”or “Degrassi” left off in a sense. It goes there and I’m not sure where there is but it goes there.
It follows the students that didn’t graduate previously along with some new faces that weren’t in the previous incarnation. The good part about jumping into the series without seeing any of the newer Degrassi is that you don’t need to know the past storylines of the returning characters. So if you were like me and haven’t watched since Holly J Sinclair graduated, you won’t be super lost…it’s just a little confusion.
The characters are a little bit more fleshed out then what I heard about in the previous incarnation. The newer character arent though and that’s because they don’t have any/much history. I saw some of the returning before “Next Class,”and I honestly prefer them in this than before.
The series has a more technology influenced tales of teen issues because Canadians are so dramatic. Some of the dramatic seem less realistic but that always happens in Degrassi….remember it goes there. The first and second season is different and have a different arch. The newest season main focus was based on the whole Black Lives Matter.
The only downside with the plot of the seasons is that they aren’t as fleshed out like it the original. They only have 10 episodes each season, and each episode is only 30 minutes long. There isn’t any good way to tell a great or compelling story line in that short of time. One of my major complains so far is how they handled the 500th episode that had returning cast members. While they shouldn’t be the main focus, they were just kinda there. They were featured in small segments but nothing stood out….Paige didn’t even say “Hun”, Hun.
Overall, “Degrassi: Next Class,” is a decent show. It’s better than some of the seasons before it. But the episode and season length prevents it from being a great series.
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