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Skins Complete Fifth Series
Reviewed by
Felix Staica
on
Skins Complete Fifth Series Review. Compared to the first series, the look of series five seems rougher, rawer and somewhat low-budget.
Rating:
4.0

Feature 7.0
Video 9.0
Audio 9.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 8.0

Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 360 Minutes
Reviewer: Felix Staica
Classification
: MA15+

8.0


Skins Complete Fifth Series

This British show seems unstoppable. Stomping on from the original characters, by series five we have another assortment of awkward misfits with their hearts ultimately in right places. Told chronologically, each of seven episodes focuses on the character after which it is named. Thus we have “Franky”, “Rich”, “Mini”, “Liv”, “Nick”, “Alo”, “Grace” and the final, eighth episode is “Everyone”.

Franky’s gender is ambiguous, either by choice or not. She has two gay dads. Mini is an aspiring model and has the attitude to match. Nick is captain of the rugby team and doesn’t let you forget it. Rich loves metal music. Grace is a great ballet dancer (get it?). Each of the gang has their endearing qualities but also their flaws. How they interact and survive “college”, peers, parents and the world in general is put on display for our viewing pleasure.

I have always wondered how representative the extreme language, actions and consequences of these juvenile pseudo-delinquents really is. Does Skins hold up the mirror to reality? I would surmise that the answer is mixed: both Yes and No. The tenderness and emotional grasp of the stories and dialogue is there. I refuse to believe that all the kids out there choose to behave like this: binge drinking and drug taking are not compulsory!

Compared to the first series, the look of series five seems rougher, rawer and somewhat low-budget. This shows up in the 1080p picture of the Blu-Ray. The acting is also more self-aware. The ensemble seems to have shrunk, allowing a sharper concentration on interconnected friendships.

The “Nick” episode is particularly poignant. The pressures on the jock alpha male with a domineering “success, success, success” guru father are beautifully explored. It is in moments like these that Skins reaches its strengths. The show is fun viewing and has a cracking pace. Personally, I find the characters too ‘unwashed’, extreme and eccentric to be relatable and can tend to the realm of caricature.

The sound is 2.0 LPCM (stereo), which is fitting for a TV show. Special features include behind the scenes looks and interviews with cast and crew.






 
 



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