Magnesium. Nothing special about it. Not until it’s put under pressure. The power and pure fury of it can be quite astonishing to watch. Nick is quite like magnesium. Skins gives us an hour dedicated to the boy with a crush and some big trouble heading his way. While most of this sixth series so far has focused on the grieving of Grace Violet, the character Nick does a different kind of “grieving”. And although paired with potential romantic endeavors and clichéd “gangsters” the episode still managed to be another good (not great) one for the so far impressive sixth series.
In “Nick”, we come to realize just how vulnerable this big boy really is, especially when it comes to his loved ones. By nature, some might consider Nick quite boring, until, much like magnesium, he is put under a great deal of pressure, putting him in a position in which he must prove himself as someone worth watching a full hour of drama for. An achievement of which the writers barely grasp a hold of given the chance. It is a slow-burning installment that, when it finally ends leaves you wanting more. Consequences that emerge from this episode alone could be catastrophic, and I mean that in teen melodrama terms. Most of the entire episode relies on whether one finds the pairing of Nick and Franky to be intriguing. I happen to enjoy the two of them. Mostly because the two are so different from one another, it makes for one of the generation’s most exciting couples. And if one also cares to remember how the rather absent Matty is so obsessive over Franky, one can see the impending destruction coming from a mile away.
Matty needs to get home and apparently Nick is the only person he can grovel to in order to get him home. Thing is, Nick must acquire two-thousand dollars in cash and bring into some oddity of a strip club, in which “The Doctor” will receive it. It’s pretty sketchy stuff Matty of course would be involved in. Speaking of Matty, in this installment he comes off as belligerent, abrasive, selfish, push, and altogether a sad little puppy that won’t stop barking. This puts Nick under aforementioned pressure. The challenge to decide what is more important to him: Franky or his brother, Matty. Both are making it hard for him and the “Nick Fury” comes raving about.
After my particularly favorite scene in the episode, in which Nick becomes so desperate he goes to all of his friends during their 48-hour partying binge. Nick, misty-eyed and feeling trapped in his current situation, asks his friend’s opinion, which does not go over well. It seems many of them are apprehensive about it and do not want Matty back. Mini blames him, and Franky doesn’t want him back at all. Bring Rich into the situation is a foul and everyone else is quite literally flabbergasted. This scene showed just how destructed the group has gotten since the accident. The entire group, excluding Alex, refuses him. This is when “magnesium Nick” explodes and we see his fury. The conflict with Nick’s feelings toward Franky shows how much acting talent Sean Teale actually has. Nick is finally upfront about his feelings and it is fantastic. Franky’s reaction comes across as confused and guarded as usual. So when Franky finally gives into Nick’s vulnerability and fury, it seems she becomes more confused about her and Nick’s real motives, and even Matty’s. It’s all apparent when she is face-to-face with Matty over the internet. Just from that brief moment, both Matty and Franky realize what plausible “sin” Franky just committed. This Examiner still is not particularly sure if Franky is fully infatuated with Nick in the same way he is with her.
I won’t even address the cliché gangsters that seem to pop up on Skins every single series. It’s really tiresome. However, they are used as a good catalyst every now and again. Especially here. Also, I am almost certain that planting a kiss on Alex will only cause another faint infatuation. Alex seemed to like.
So, as it seems Nick is not so out of trouble as that smile in the end of the episode singled he is. Thankfully we have four more episodes to go through this season before a genuine climax. Will Matty make it home? And if he does, what will the following consequences that will be in store for him and his friends, namely Franky and Nick? These are all good questions, of which will hopefully be answered in the next few weeks. Starting off with a generally loud whimper and finishing with a oddly faint bang, “Nick” receives a nice 4 out of 5 stars!
Next week, Alo find himself a replacement for Mini, and we somehow follow him into prison. Fantastic.
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