On Monday Night, the award-winning Channel 4 Drama ‘Skins’ returned for the first episode of its concluding Series. The final series focuses on three members of the previous cast as they begin their lives as working adults.
The first episode; Skins Fire Part 1, saw the return of Kaya Scodelario playing the part of Effy Stonem. Effy who appeared in the first 4 series, is now working as a receptionist in a leading London Hedge Fund. This episode also saw the return of Lily Loveless as Naomi who is Effy’s flatmate.
Effy, who has now moved to central London with her friend Naomi, is in a dead end job. You know the sort, getting coffee for a bunch of office workers who don’t give a crap about you, photocopying sheets of paper for a whole building full of stockbrokers and staying up all night writing a report for a boss who doesn’t care enough to learn your name. However, Effy’s life takes an unexpected shift when she leads a meeting with one of the hedge Fund’s clients. Although unruly, this move shifted Effy up the ranks where she began to work as a trader. Seemingly a very good trader, making the firm over a million pounds in one day using leaked information from Dominic, a research annalist working nearby.
Throughout the episode we also see how Effy and Naomi’s relationship develops, how Naomi follows her quest to become a stand-up comedian and how she learns she has developed Cancer.
This episode also has a line of brilliant guest stars. Kayvan Novak and Lara Pulver star as Effy’s bosses whilst Tracy Beaker’s Craig Roberts pops up as Dominic, the tragic but lovable research analysist.
This episode has received negative reviews on the likes on Twitter and Tumblr, however I would rate it quite highly. It has definitely matured and gone from a teen comedy to a proper adult drama. The storyline is excellent, if a little predictable at times and it has made me eager to see what will come next week. However the one thing I didn’t really like was the characterisation of Naomi. In this episode I think she has been portrayed too much like a drunk hermit which I don’t really think is unlocking Lily Loveless’ true acting potential.
All in all a very good episode and a great start to a new series. I can’t wait to see what is coming next week.