The ending of the third season of Awkward. saw Jenna end up single, yet on her way towards personal happiness following a year of turmoil. Her lack of a partner made her unique amongst her friends, as Jake and Tamara had moved past their first major fight, and Matty and Bailey were beginning a new relationship, with Ming giving up the Asian mafia for Fred. The season opener this week brings the stress of senior year down on everyone as Jenna adjusts to a level of irrelevance that comes at a bad time, in an enjoyable episode that sets up some promising stories.
Despite Jenna finally making positive strides towards repairing her friendships last week, the suspension and eventual firing of Valerie proved that she still had some more work left to do to right the wrongs she had perpetrated during her sanity sabbatical. This problem seemed particularly troublesome, as there was no clear way for Jenna to rectify the situation, unlike fixing the issues she had with her friends. This week focuses on Jenna’s efforts to get Valerie reinstated as prom looms large over the group, in a solid episode that closes the book on a number of storylines, while opening up some intriguing new avenues for the show to go down.
Jenna’s affair with Collin, a relationship that came at the cost of her friends and parents, came to a screeching halt in last week’s episode, as the weight of Jenna’s actions finally caught up with her. With her Collin bias now gone, the sobering realisation of the weight of Jenna’s actions was not far behind. This week’s episode focuses on Jenna’s attempts to repair the bridges she burned over the last few weeks, in a strong episode that manages to keep away from the reset button.
Jenna’s recent life upheaval has not been without doubt; her lack of certainty about her relationship with Collin has manifested in decisions she herself has regretted, despite her insistence on keeping the public stance that continues to drive her friends away. This week further explores how her recent decisions affect both her and the people around her, in a strong pair of episodes that highlight the strain this is having on Jenna.
Throughout most of Season 3, the relationship between Jenna and Collin paralleled the former’s increasing sense of maturity, and her changing tastes as a result. This provided an interesting setting to see how she would deal with the issue that closed last week’s episode, as a fight left her severing most of her friendship ties in favour of Collin. This week delves into how the loss affects Jenna, in a strong episode that takes the character to some very interesting places.
Catching up with Awkward. – Ep. 1.04-05: still a well written series, surprisingly witty and filled with razor-sharp dialogue
Awkward. has often been compared to My So-Called Life, the 1994 ABC show which starred Claire Danes. The similarities between the two are few but like Danes, Ashley Rickards serves as both star and narrator, explaining her motives and reactions through her blog as appose to her diary. Jenna, like Angela is smart, alert, engaging and attractive, except she doesn’t know it, at least not yet. The same can be said for most teenagers, no matter how good looking or popular they are, they are just as insecure as the next… (read more)
After a successful pilot, Awkward. returns with a raunchy yet charming 22 minutes focusing on a teenage girl’s nightmare of having a photo of her breasts posted online and all over school. The photo of Jenna (Ashley Rickards), taken courtesy of Sadie (the show’s scene stealer), is no laughing matter, but the writers of Awkward. know very well how to blend humour in the most serious stages of teenage hell. But Jenna isn’t the only one showing off her cleavage. We learn that her mom spent her college tuition to get breast implants; say hello to Princeton and Harvard, she says while pinching away at each nipple…. (read more)
In 1994 Winnie Holzman introduced to the world, her critically acclaimed TV series My So-Called Life, a realistic mid-nineties teen drama that takes a look at a 15 year-old girl and her trials and tribulations with being a teenager. The show gave a voice to millions of young women who otherwise had no voice on network television, but unfortunately due to low ratings (and several parental complaints for being too realistic), the series (often considered ahead of it’s time), was cancelled after one season. My So Called Life has since been referred to as one of the ten best “one season” TV shows of all time. Here we are now, almost two decades later and MTV launches Awkward, a show which revolves around the life of 16-year-old Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards), who is struggling with her identity, until an accident misconstrued as a suicide changes all that. Awkward. came with promise of living up to the standards of My So Called Life. Sadly it doesn’t come close – but luckily Awkward. is a lively and upbeat teen comedy with plenty of tang…. (read more)