End: The Second Generation

Season 4 of Skins ended too soon, and it shows.


Seasons 1-3 each have 10 episodes. Season 4 has 8. It did not delve into the characters lives as seamlessly as season 2 advanced the first generation's storylines. While every show must grow and evolve, I personally see that season 4 stops short. Most of us sitting in the audience can barely accept the 10 we are given. This last episode comes as a huge let down. A rushed ending, and two episodes never to be created... While I understand that many of the characters are self absorbed as teens go to try and accept that no one was doing much about Freddie's disappearance made the ending less believable than some of the crazy things our Skins characters have done in the past.


The second season of skins did a great job of developing the first generation's storylines, and dealt with a tragedy that unified their group, even though they were all on the verge of going off to Universities away from each other. Season 4 did just another party that felt too open ended to be the end of the series!


User KanaKatasrophe put up a very good point. Sid and Cassie's excursion to the States at the end of series 2 created a cliffhanger. However it gave the feel of the last chapter of a book. The characters live on, sometimes going in the same patterns of behavior their whole lives through. This is what conclusions are for, but a rushed confession of feelings from Naomi, and a gone-nowhere-but-took-time-doing-it Effy does not equal conclusion. In my opinion the only thing that was in true Skins fashion was the happy coincidence between Panda and Thomas, and Cook beating someone up.


I conclude with this: It seemed a disservice to us faithful watchers who gave the second generation all the attention and care we gave to the first. We as an audience have to accept with every ending that we will not know what comes next, but the two episode short ending leaves me feeling a bit lost, and it seems we have lost Freddie without so much as a true explanation. Chris's death was better written and grieved. While my mind demands answers, I know nothing will come of my disillusionment.

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Mar 19, 2010 11:14AM EDT

I agree 100%. Worst ending they could have done. But as the show started to come to an end, I knew they were going to do a stupid "cliff hanger". I'm sorry, but it's not a cliff hanger if we never get to find out what happens. Like with season 2, we never got to find out if Cassie and Sid found each other in NY. But this one was much, much worse.Sigh, oh well...

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Mar 19, 2010 11:52AM EDT

If they had been allowed to develop what could have been a great plot twist, even two episodes would have helped dramatically. It's like the ending chapters of a book were ripped out and you had to make up an ending on the spot!

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Mar 19, 2010 1:53PM EDT

so skins is over? i can't believe it. i didn't understand none of the ending. what happened to that fcuking Josh Foster, what happened to Cook???This show is the best TV Show I have ever seen, but I want the normal ending. Well, however, I don't want any ending at all, because Skins has become my god..

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Mar 19, 2010 3:23PM EDT

Well, I never really felt completely hooked by the 2nd generation. I blamed it on my age, that being 25 makes me too old to relate to their experiences; but this episode was completely incoherent and rushed. I won't be watching the next generation, I regret watching this one (though I liked some episodes), and I still mourn the first generation and Chris's death. Skins is not the same.

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Mar 19, 2010 3:44PM EDT

I agree. My age corresponds with the first generation, and so it did feel a bit more juvenile than before. Now 17-18 year olds differ greatly in maturation, so I could understand that this was a younger group. Give the third generation a chance, because I still believe in this show, but man fire the person who decided that last episode was good enough to but on TV! It's pretty bad when almost every viewer thinks they could've written a better ending. I know I could :P

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Mar 19, 2010 7:01PM EDT

This was not a love-it-or-hate-it finale. Anyone with a brain and integrity admits this ending was a irritating disappointment. The first generation was full of dark gripping moments, and high concept psychologies that you would think were too advanced for a group of teen actors and their teen characters. But all the portrayals and journeys were so unforgettably compelling, without any dead weight. Everything made you think and feel, experience. Now the second generation's actors are in the same league as the first, but they weren't given worthy material with the writing, esp. for the 4th series.
The 2-episodes-too-early, and all other ways "rushed" finale was terrible. It's like they killed Freddie for the shock value, and then didn't know how to handle the fallout in the appropriate style and make it truly interesting. Making the psychiatrist insane himself is a cop-out so as not to have to make his motivations understandable. And suddenly making Thomas world-class athletic is racist, all so they can reveal Panda is some sort of history savant, and have them destined for the same school (f***ing ridiculous Harvard) was unacceptable as well. JJ was a waste of space, and Effy hasn't come to terms with her schizophrenia. It just got left completely abandoned, unresolved. Everything is just going to be okay now because HER MOTHER IS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF HER. Are the voices gone? Where's the epiphany she has that's the answer of how to quiet them to the background? And did they even realize that they set it up to subtly look like Freddie's voice is now present and the strongest in her head? So not even she could somehow sense he was dead, and Dr. Foster is senselessly keeping bloody wet shirts in his basement... I didn't cry after watching this ep because I'll miss these characters, but I did cry.The lack of inspiration and taste this season disqualifies the value and authenticity of the 3rd series, and taints the Skins brand itself overall. It's like they didn't even have the same WRITERS. I used to get this religious feeling that this show and its creation flowed from a special crew of people brilliantly in-tune with that ever-elusive realm of creativity and human spirit, but they must've lost it.

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Mar 26, 2010 12:12AM EDT

Skins 1st generation is obviously the best one. The reason I think it ended up so randomly is because they're going to wrap it up with the upcoming movie that is said to be about the 2nd generation characters and the 1st generation would be involved too. They also said that the upcoming 3rd generation would appear in one scene. I think all or most of the holes and questions will be answered with the film

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