Skins, if I am being honest is never as good as the clever marketing. Most young people, even if they like the show alot would still have to admit at times the representations of young people are just too hedonistic and simplistic. And whilst it has worthy qualities-for one thing, not treating its audience like idiots, it still is a very mild mannered show dressed up in the nitty-gritty by the marketing department.
It had some nerve doing a completely new cast, when I first heard they were doing that I thought it would sink without trace. But to its credit, the fan base is still pretty solid. But the real problem is that whilst the characters have still all changed, the storylines are still pretty thin. Effy, may as well be a new character since she actually speaks in this series and Cook, JJ, Pandora, etc all make a bid to try leave an impression on the viewer.
Whilst the show relies on heavy characterisation the plots are pretty poor and repetitive. For instance the first series had Sid in bother with 'Mad' the drug dealer, whilst this time its MacKennzie Crook a similar type role who intimidates the others.
And whilst some characters are still well written, likeable and purposeful, others seem tedious and badly drawn out. Pandora for instance is seriously miscast, almost like a more innocent Cassie, but her cutesy stuff really is out of place on a show like Skins.
Again, like in the other series, there is an unequal amount of time devoted to certain characters and while this is fine, it can be irritating when others get pushed to the back.
Like I said, maybe I am too old for Skins now. It first started when I was at college three years ago so maybe I am no longer the target demographic anymore. Nevertheless, in terms of survival it has done much better than I would have expected and is still worthy in places. Is it any good? Its not that it has any less bite than the previous seasons, it just that we have seen it all before. Show us something new!