WTF is going on in Canada?

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This past Friday, “Degrassi Next Class'” latest season came out on Netflix worldwide and it returned to it’s roots of “going there.” In the previous incarnations of the popular series that makes Teens in Canada look like they should have been hugged more as children, “Degrassi” pushed the envelope when it came to what was featured on children’s television. This season really did go there and was in your face. This will contain slight spoilers because it’s going to be hard not to relieve things.

First thing first: Is this what is really going on up there? Is this what Canadian youth does? Is this what any Youth do? It’s only been a few years since I was a teen but damn Daniel, that was the most intense episode I have seen in a while. If this is what youth go through then why aren’t we, as adult, doing something to help? Also, why aren’t the parents being actual parents? Also, why isn’t Canada stepping in to monitor all the chaos that is going on at Degrassi Community School? It seems like there’s always problems there and they don’t live in what would be considered a “dangerous” portion of Toronto. So many unanswered questions.

The main plot of the season was dealing with the aftermath of the big bus crash that rocked the school at the end of season two. This event, like Rick shooting up the school or some gang violence that makes them all end up wearing a poor excuse of uniforms (You’re a freaking multi-million dollar franchise that has been on the air since the 80s-I expected better than tan pants and multi-colored polos), was the main arc for several characters this season-both big storylines and little storyline. It helped flesh out some characters that weren’t introduced from the incarnation before Next Class.

But this season was just insane. They had abortions, overdosing caused by depression and suicide, homophobia through religion that wasn’t Christianity, dealing with a love one being in coma and unsure about future, how to cope with traumatic experiences, affairs, and acceptance of others and self is just some of the major topics covered in the season’s ten episode, which is a lot. Like it was car crash and you couldn’t turn away. This was in a good way as well. I honestly want more.

So far, each season has been building off of each other and it’s working really well for the series. Overall, this is the best season of Degrassi, both “Degrassi” and “Degrassi Next Class,” we have seen so far and it’s refreshing. But seriously Canada, what is going on up there?

 

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The pride and joy of Disney

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Oh, it’s the nostalgic sequel series that started it all. “Girl Meets World” is literally the best thing now on Disney Channel.

The show doesn’t take itself too seriously. It takes jabs on “Boy Meets World” as well as itself. It’s not as corny nor “kid orientated” as the shows now on the Mouse. It acknowledges the fans that are watching to see what Corey and Topanga are up to with their children.

It’s honestly the best part of the show are the jokes. They are on fleek. They use comedy to tackle so many tough topics and its amazing. The actors are also very good. They picked a very talent cast. I thought I was going to hate that kids actors because let’s be real-kid actors aren’t know for being very good.

Overall, the show is one I recommend because one of the better shows on TV right now.

Shows that definitely should have been left alone: The Powerpuff Girls

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Recently, the cartoon network decided to get on the bandwagon of remakes and made a new series of “The Powerpuff Girls.” Apparently they didn’t read my article on the subject before  they did it.

The show features all the original actors from the 1st series, but not the powerpuff girls original actors. So the nostalgia aspect but it’s quickly lost once you see the opening credits are the same, and the girls talk. The stories are also watered down and not as good as the 1st series. It’s very reminiscent of how “Teen Titans Go!” was like the original series but was instead a watered down story that didn’t even do the original justice.

I would have rather watched “Powerpuff Girls Z” than this show. That show wasn’t trying to be like the original but rather its own take on the characters. That I can respect but this show is just a sad attempt on the series. If you are looking for nostalgia, the original is on Netflix and you could probably find them on YouTube.

Hopefully, this is the last time I have to write this. JUST LEAVE THE POWERPUFF GIRLS ALONE!

Don’t Stop Gleein’

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On Friday, March 20th, Glee aired its final episodes and ended it’s six years on Fox. By this point, if you are a true glee, you have read all the reviews of the finale but this review will be different. Instead of just focusing on the show’s finale, I’ll be reviewing the show. In a sense, remembering the good, the bad, and the amazing that this show had on pop culture as well as the million fans. So here are review of Glee (be ready for more Glee nods!)

Lea Michele and Cory Monteith took over Gleek’s hearts as the couple “Finchel” until Monteith’s untimely death before the filming of Glee’s fifth season

Glee was a show about a group of high school students that shouldn’t have gotten along nor hung out with each other. But because of their love for singing, they joined glee club where they were allowed to be themselves without being judge or made fun of.  Then once the main characters graduated, it followed them into the early stages of adult hood. The show taught about how to be yourself and not to feel ashamed if you don’t fit in with the things as they are. It also taught that if you follow your dreams, everything will work out-eventually.

The show also introduced the masses to hundreds of different genres of music through its glee club performances and singles. While many people say that “Glee ruined great music,” it really didn’t. It introduced it to a new group of people. It showed the world that the classics can still be classics and that show tunes really isn’t as bad or a horrible as one may think.

The musically performances were overall good. Some where better than other. The music was extremely well until around season 3. The Songs started to sound a little kids bop-y. The singing of the lead in the song was good but the background music just sounded like they were a backing track (we knew that it was a backing track but it was obvious now). After the story of the show shifted away from the Glee club and more on the alumni in the middle of season 5, the music got better and was amazing in season 6.

One of the biggest flaws of the series was the story. Glee could really never tell a story right. It would either rush it or change it halfway through the arc. It also rushed a story. One major example was when Rachel was looking for her mother in the first season. It took place over two episodes. It felt rushed and just like they were trying hurry it up by the end of the season.

The final season was pretty much amazing and the perfect way to end the show. For my full opinion on season 6, click here to read my thought on it

Overall, the series was amazing. Some seasons and characters were better than others but the show will live on as being one the best musical shows on television. We will miss Glee

Rating: 4 Rachel Berry’s gold star out of 5