A few years ago, Degrassi (a.k.a. The Little Canadian Show that Could) introduced us all to the remarkable talents of one, Nina Dobrev. Nina eventually went on to star in my now – FAVORITE television show, The Vampire Diaries . . .
You are hearing it here, first, my fellow teen television drama fans! Munro Chambers will be Degrassi’s next Big Breakout Star.
Week after week, this guy FLOORS me with his Mad Acting Skillz! Munro intrigued me, when he first came on the scene, this past season, as the guyliner-wearing, sort of emo, hearse-driving, tortured artist, with a rebellious streak, and biting sense of humor, Eli Goldsworthy . . .
He then won my heart, as the epicurean, closet romantic, whose sheer love of life, and unwillingness to take no for an answer, brought the uptight brainiac Clare Edwards out of her shell . . .
He frustrated me, when he pushed away the very some woman he so vehemently pursued, the following week. Eli was afraid of letting Clare get too close . . . fearing she would see beneath his cocksure facade, to the scars that lurked beneath the surface . . .
And they were some UGLY scars! When Eli finally admitted his true feelings for Clare, and entered into a relationship with her, she began to see his Dark Side. But far from scaring her away, seeing Eli’s flaws, only made Clare (and us fans) love him more.
When Eli antagonized bullies twice his size, until they kicked his ass. And then he tricked those SAME bullies into getting ARRESTED through a very cunning bait-and-switch, involving Fake IDs, we questioned whether he had a Death Wish . . .
And when we met his parents for the first time, we wondered whether he was adopted (and kind of hoped that he was, for the sake of genetics) . . .
The Future of EClare? Oh HELL NO!
And when we found out about Eli’s Big Secret, we were shocked and saddened. Our hearts broke for this fictional character, who suddenly felt so very real to us, both in our minds and our . . . ahem . . . other parts . . .
Eli became even more complex and multi-layered, when we discovered that the untimely loss of his girlfriend led to his struggles with hoarding . . .
I hate to say it, but as grossly messy as that room is, it also looks pretty cool! Doesn’t it?
But just when us fans thought we had learned everything there was to know about Eli, he introduced us to a whole new side of himself, his PSYCHO SIDE!
This week, on Part 2 of Jesus, Etc., an old enemy of Eli’s found the Lord, and tried to use HIM to get into Clare’s pants . . .
Ummm . . . righteous?
Though this recent turn of events would be enough to piss off even the most calm and collected of boyfriends, the already volatile-natured Eli took things harder then most. Throughout the episode, we witnessed the character slowly unravel, and gradually descend into madness.
Watching Eli waver between agressively trying to protect his girlfriend from “The Jesus Guy” (through blustery anger and controlling manipulation), and placating her, with over-exaggerated declarations of love, and increasingly desperate demands for forgiveness, was both cringeworthy, and deliciously fascinating. I didn’t know whether to turn away in horror, or wiggle closer to the television screen . . .
“I feel like you are slipping away,” complains Eli, during one of his softer, more emotionally moments moments.
“Don’t leave me. OK? Please?” Eli begs, during another one.
Amidst it all, were a trio of genuinely creepy moments, during which Eli would break the Fourth Wall, and stare directly at the viewers at home, with a look that was both inviting, and, at the same time, undeniably evil.
But it was not until the final scene of the episode, that things with Eli got REALLY psychotic (and, therefore, CRAZY FUN!). Check out the “interesting” way in which Eli chooses to conclude the horror story, “Stalker Angel” that he’s been working on throughout the episode. In particular, pay attention to the the uncomfortably ironic similarities between the fictional story being described, and the Bizarre Love Triangle that is Clare / Eli / and the Born-Again (so-called “Angelic”) Fitz:
Eli: The hero, Malcolm, realizes that he could never protect his heroine, Rachel, from Stalker Angel, so he has no choice but to . .
Clare: (interrupts) . . . kill Stalker Angel
Eli: No, he kills Rachel. He grabs his knife, cuts her throat, drinks her blood, and forever they are one!
Clare: That’s disturbing.
Eli: It’s brilliant. It wouldn’t be much of a horror story, otherwise.
Clare: (with uncertainty) Of course.
Eli: It’s my masterpiece. And I couldn’t have written it without you. It’s all about YOU, Clare!
Clare: (laughs nervously) Great . . .just . . . try not to kill me, K?
Eli: Don’t I owe you a driving lesson? The HEARSE awaits.
Check out the scene in its frighteningly foreboding entirety here, IF YOU DARE!
The last shot of the episode, which features Eli loudly declaring his love for Clare, as he possessively wraps his arm around her, and glares sadistically at the camera, genuinely gave me chills! After all, when it comes to Eli, I literally never know what he’s going to do next. And THAT is was keeps me coming back to the show, week, after week.
Kudos to Degrassi for creating such a wonderfully relatable, and, at the same time, definitively insane, character, in Eli Goldsworthy! And even bigger kudos to Munro Chambers, for bringing Eli to life on the small screen! I can’t wait to see YOU in prime time, Mr. Chambers!
REJOICE, DEGRASSI FANS! THE NEW PROMOS ARE FINALLY HERE! 🙂
Last night, Teen Nick aired two much anticipated trailers for Degrassi‘s upcoming new season, entitled In Too Deep, which is set to premiere on February 11th at 9 p.m. The first trailer was relatively short (lasting only about 30 seconds). However, it was comprised almost entirely of NEW footage, never before seen by Degrassi fans . . .
The second trailer was double the length of the first (clocking in at about 1 minute, 30 seconds), and was an amalgamation of scenes from the first trailer, scenes from the trailer that Teen Nick aired last season, and some extra “bonus” scenes . . .
So, now that you’ve seen them, let’s discuss what we’ve learned. Shall we?
Fadam is ON! / Fiona is still drinking. / Fiona may be gay (and into Holly J)?
When we last left our favorite (and only) transgendered Degrassi student, Adam Torres, he was putting some major effort into wooing the object of his affections, Fiona Coyne. He even went so far as to throw a genuine New York-style ball, fit for a Princess, in her honor. However, up until this point, Fiona’s feelings for Adam have shown little evidence of venturing beyond the platonic. She might be aware of Adam’s attraction to her, but she hasn’t done much to show that she reciprocates those feelings. In fact, she BAILED on the party he threw for her — a major NO-NO, in Relationship World.
But if the promos we’ve seen for next season are any indication, all of that is about to change, BIG TIME . . .
Though Fiona and Adam’s first kiss may be the result of a drunken (at least on Fiona’s part) game of Truth or Dare (as suggested in the first promo), clearly their relationship extends far beyond this “momentary indiscretion,” as the season progresses. We know, from last season’s promos (plus, many of those scenes were repeated in the new trailers), that Fiona and Adam (or Fadam, as the cool kids like to call them) engage in a full on, Horizontal Couch Makeout Session, later on in the season. And it is this couch session that Holly J. unceremoniously interrupts.
Sounds great, right?
Well . . . maybe not . . .
When we first watched the earlier promos, many of us Degrassi fans speculated as to the “logistics” of Fiona’s and Adam’s relationship. Specifically, we wondered how Fiona would react, when she learned that Adam was born female (and still has lady parts). Based on the promos we saw last night, Fiona’s knowledge regarding Adam’s trangender status doesn’t seem to be the issue . . .
Both promos feature Fiona telling Adam that “drinking makes it easier to be with [him].”
This line suggests three things: (1) that Fiona is still abusing alcohol; (2) that she is aware that Adam is transgendered; and (3) while that knowledge has not caused her to stop seeing him, it still makes her feel at least somewhat uncomfortable.
But here’s the REAL twist . . .
Could Fiona actually be a lesbian? Is she merely using Adam to “safely” evaluate her attraction to people of the same sex, while secretly vying for her bestie, Holly J? This would be an interesting plot development indeed!
Sound crazy and completely out of left field to you? Here’s my take on why this might be a real possibility . . .
For starters, Fiona has always been someone for whom relationships seemed more about status and convenience, than about genuine attraction. She briefly dated Riley (before he was officially out of the closet) because she thought he was a nice guy who would keep her away from the advances of douchebags. The fact that Riley was gay, and would likely never want to be intimate with her, almost seemed like an added bonus, as far as Fiona was concerned.
Fiona dated the ultimatey abusive Bastard Bobby, back in New York, because he was rich, popular, and had the right family name.
She hooked up with her brother Declan (INCEST! GROSSSSSS!) , because she worried that she was losing him (He was her only friend, at the time,) to Holly J. So, she assumed that, by being DISGUSTING, she could scare her brother’s boyfriend away . . .
So, we’ve never actually seen Fiona exhibit feelings of attraction for a man of the opposite sex. And, based on the promos, she does seem more open to beginning a relationship with a transgendered male, than most heterosexual women her age, and in her situation, probably would be. In conclusion, what initially might have seemed like a bizarre “out-of-character” plot twist the Degrassi writers inserted into their story to appeal to a considerable fanbase of “Dudes Who LOVE HOT LESBIANS,” makes more and more sense to me, the more I continue to think about it . . .
As for Holly J. . . .
Apart from her scenes with Fiona and Adam, we really don’t get to see all that much of her in these new promos. However, the above shot, seems to suggest that she gets injured at some point during this season. She may even end up in the hospital, as a result of said injuries? (Based on the white background, behind Holly J., I thought she might be laying on a hospital bed in the picture above.)
Could Holly have somehow been involved in the EPIC CAR ACCIDENT to which all the Degrassi spoilers keep referring? And, if so, why did the hospital choose to cope with injuries, by merely pasting a cheap bandaid over them? (Random Canadian Hospital FAIL!)
Ali gets in trouble again. / She runs away from home, is robbed, and wears an UGLY wig?
When Alli told her parents that she wanted to be transferred to private school, she never expected that they would ship her off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Although we didn’t learn too much more about Alli’s predicament than we had already deduced from previous promos, these new trailers helped us fill in a few of the blanks as to what actually happens to Alli during this season. First, we see her at home, in her school uniform, complaining, that while she tries to be “good,” bad things continue to happen to her . . .
Combine this scene, with the one from the earlier promo, in which she is arguing was Sav (“You are ruining MY life,” he screams at her.) and you can deduce that Ali got into some trouble at her All-Girls private school, and shamed the family, as a result. She may have even been EXPELLED from that school. After all, we do see Alli later on in the promo, talking to Clare, at what appears to be a Degrassi Dance . . .
There is no way of knowing for certain whether this “Dance Scene” comes before or after Alli runs away from home. But we do know that she’s on the run at some point during the series, and is away from home long enough to be declared a Missing Person . . .
This information is all but spelled out for us, when we see Alli at home, threatening to run away . . .
We then see her out in the street dressed in that RIDICULOUS OUTFIT, ripping down Missing Person posters of herself . . .
I didn’t know Lindsay Lohan was on Degrassi!
After that, Alli gets mugged by some lowlife, who steals her purse and runs away (probably, because he thought she was Lindsay Lohan, and that he could see the purse on Ebay for some serious dough. He was probably super disappointed, when he found out that the purse he stole belonged instead to “some chick from Degrassi”).
Then, finally, Alli’s dad, and Sav go out searching for her in the family car, during a rainstorm. Presumably, they find her, and bring her back home .. . just in time for the Degrassi Dance!
And now for the storyline, you’ve all been waiting for . . .
Eli flips out. / He becomes super possessive of Clare. / She dumps him. / And he gets into a car accident on the anniversary of his dead girlfriend’s death?
Of all Degrassi’s upcoming season storylines, I’d say Eli’s and Clare’s is the one about which fans are the most excited. And why not? After all, the Degrassi: In Too Deep Season finale is set to air on April 22, 2011, precisely two years (maybe one in Degrassi world), since the tragic and untimely death of Eli’s former girlfriend, Julia, who was hit by a car.
I know that, in real life, this is the picture of a model in a bad black wig. And yet, “Dead Julia” still gives me the creeps every time I look at her . . . kind of like that Freaky Chick from The Ring movies . . .
To add fuel to the Eclare fire, Degrassi Writer/Producer Stephen has publicly admitted that the Eli/Clare/Dead Julie saga will be featured prominently in the latter episodes of the season. He also teased that something will happen to a creepy “picture” of Julia, and that Eli is in that picture as well. Speculation as to what Sohn meant by this cryptic statement has ranged widely from the literal (a picture of Eli and Julia is stolen during the finale) to the practical (Eli accidentally ran Julia over with his car), to the outright BIZARRE (“Julia” is actually Eli in a black wig, a la Psycho)
This eye-catching shot from the extended promo seems to show a bereft, and tear-stricken Eli clutching Julia’s picture while standing next to his trusty hearse Morty. The question is, where the heck is he? The library? (There are shelves of books shown behind the car); His garage? (Where else do you put a car indoors?) Degrassi High? (Did he DRIVE THE CAR INTO THE SCHOOL?)
In the promos, we see that things between Eli and Clare aren’t nearly as rosy as they were last season — back when the pair bonded over Eli’s hoarding issues, and Eli helped Clare cope with her parents’ impending separation.
Suddenly, Clare is talking about “taking a break” and “needing space” from Eli. This is an unusual turn of events, especially considering that in previous episodes, it was Clare, who seemed the more “clingy” of the couple, while Eli was a bit more standoffish, and constantly required time alone to “sort things out.”
“Could someone tell me when exactly I became the GIRL in this relationship?”
Now, suddenly, Eli never seems to want Clare to leave his side . . .
Whenever they are together, he constantly has his arm wrapped around her protectively, as if he is afraid that if he lets go, she will get run over by a carhe will lose her forever . . .
The usually adorable Eli is suddenly saying creepy lines like the guys in the Lifetime movies do . . . right before they go after their girlfriend with a hatchet. (“If I can’t have you, NO ONE CAN!”)
“You promised me you’d never leave me,” he tells her in one scene.
“We need some time ALONE together . . . just you and me,” he says to her in another.
It seems obvious that, as the date on the calendar creeps closer and closer to the anniversary of Julia’s death, Eli is becoming more unhinged. He copes with these feelings, by sticking close to Clare, the only person who has the power him feel safe.
But Clare almost makes Eli nervous. After all, Eli presumably felt “safe” with his last girlfriend too, and look what happened to her! So, just like Eli “hoarded” random objects in his room, to preserve Julia’s memory, he is, in essence, “hoarding” Clare now, to keep her out of harms way.
But Clare isn’t an old notebook, or smelly shoe. She’s a person, who needs her own space. Clare confides this in Alli at the school dance. So, Alli suggests that Clare be honest with Eli about how she’s feeling . . .
Ummm . . . Clare? 1993 called . . . And they would really like that lipstick back! (Seriously, why does the wardrobe department always insist on dressing this character like a 43-year old Soccer Mom?)
But was this the right advice? In both of the promos, we see Clare confronting Eli, frustratedly telling her boyfriend that he is “suffocating her.”
Needless to say, Eli does not take this accusation (or possibly being dumped?) very well. In the final scenes of both of the above trailers, we see Eli driving his car recklessly into the night, with tears streaming down his face . . .
Though a clearly anguished and incredibly guilty feeling Clare, calls Eli repeatedly on his cell phone, begging him to answer her, we can see that he does not do so . . .
Could THESE be scenes from April 22nd’s Season Finale, entitled “Drop the World?” Could this be the Massive Car Crash Degrassi spoilers have been teasing us about since last year? Is Julia’s picture in the car with Eli, while he’s driving? Could Eli’s reckless driving, be construed as a suicide attempt, as a result of guilt over his girlfriend’s death?
I guess we will just have to wait until February 11th to find out. (But until then, speculations and spoilers are always welcome in the comment section, and would be much appreciated. 🙂 )