Degrassi Junior High “The Experiment” (part 1 of 4)
In the time since my last recap, I was finally able to buy Degrassi High: The Complete Collection on DVD. And guess what? I’ve already watched the whole damn thing. In fact, I watched the whole damn thing (all 30-some episodes) in the space of one week.
Ordinarily, I’d consider anybody willing to sit through that much Degrassi in a week to have some kind of mental disorder not yet listed in the DSM (and it’s true that five years of recapping bad movies have done a pretty good number on my head). But I have to admit, it never felt like a chore. The characters of Degrassi High are remarkably easy to spend time with. At no time did I experience the fatigue that sets in after attempted viewing marathons of, say, 24 or Deep Space Nine. Go figure.
I hesitate to say anything specific about Degrassi High, because I still have it in my head that I’d like to save all that commentary for the eventual episode recaps. But the truth is, you and I know that at the rate I’m going, it’ll be a long, long time before I ever get to recap Degrassi High. In fact, it may never happen, especially if I get put up at an old folks’ home with no internet access. But I will say this for the series: There are a few episodes where the show deviates from being so-bad-it’s-good, to being genuinely moving and intentionally entertaining.