This season of Skins opens with a two minute dance sequence featuring Maxxie and two extras. Then, five minutes later, there is another dance sequence involving Bill Bailey and a dog. Cutting.
Style over substance has always been the point of this, but the fact of the matter is that not one episode of the second season has been as entertaining as the potential scenes in the (brilliantly edited) shots of the title sequence.
Nicholas Hoult does a decent job as the new Tony Stonem, but characters have been paired up in the most slap-dash fashion here, and storylines are just absurd; always losing focus, and often labouring the point.
The solid cast has been mostly wasted. Dev Patel's Anwar had the potential for a runaway central character in the second season, but instead the 'typical teens' get the limelight, and Anwar is left somehow standing on the side waiting for a comical interlude to become available amongst all the drudge.
Sketch, played by some wicked Welsh girl, is outstanding though. Her episode is probably the best of Skins yet.
Apparently, the entire cast of Skins will be axed for next season, and every two years from now on. Do they honestly think that this will earn them a fourth? Do they think this will keep it "fresh"? Or are they just admitting that they have somehow run out of ideas for the cast they have now, when some of them have such potential that they often carry the whole thing.
I know that this is aimed at teens, and fair play, it's fine for that. But it's just not that good. Sorry.