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juniperbends ([personal profile] juniperbends) wrote2010-08-05 06:21 pm
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Favourite Skins characters Picspam


Preface: I made this more than two years ago and reading my writing in this post makes me cringe. However, this was the first time I dabbled in Photoshop so it's kind of special in that way. I don't agree with many of the things I've written here anymore but, most of these characters are still my favourites. I would probably swap Effy with Jal though. If I ever re-do this list again, I would include some of the Gen 3 kids as well. 
So the new Skins cast was revealed today. I'm a little underwhelmed but, then again promo pictures always suck. I'll refrain judgement till I see their acting. I still have no idea who the fuck Sean Teale is though. Anyways, this picspam was initially just supposed to help me get the hang of Photoshop and then I thought maybe I could get some constructive criticism from all of you graphics expert on LJ. I know I messed up a bit on some of the pictures with the overlapping screencaps.
Cassie Ainsworth
 
"I don't know why I am the way I am."
Oh Cassie. How do I begin to describe Cassie? I think Tony said it best, "She's thin. She's blonde and she says wow a lot." Definitely one of the most unique characters I've seen on TV. She is the reason why I got hooked onto Skins in the first place. The weird thing is that I'm nothing like Cassie yet I found her so relatable. She was so lost and even by the end of the series she never really grasped onto her identity. Such an universal issue that was handled wonderfully on the show. I love all of these characters in this picspam but, Cassie is my favourite.

Tony Stonem
“Change, it’s a wonderful thing. You know how subatomic particles don’t obey physical laws? They act according to chance, chaos, coincidence. They run into each other in the middle of the universe somewhere and BANG! Energy. Well, the same as that. That’s the great thing about the universe - unpredictable. That’s why it’s so much fun.”
I don't know if this is an unpopular opinion or not (I haven't been in this fandom very long) but, I loved season one Tony too. He was so interesting to watch. This cocky, brilliant, narcissistic bastard that liked to fuck up his friends' lives. I mean I wouldn't want to be friends with him but, he was the catalyst to all the major plots on Skins. Then, I watched Effy's series 1 episode and completely fell in love with his character. At the beginning of series two, I was a little unsure about his character reset but, I thought it was handled pretty well. The upcoming Skins movie won't be "Skins" without this BAMF.

Chris Miles
"Fuck it."
His episodes always break my heart. That scene in the cupboard and then the cemetary. *sniffles* Then, that chart in his series 2 episode. My heart is in little, tiny pieces right now. He was the emotional core of gen 1 and just freaking adorable. I haven't met any Skins fans who didn't love Chris...yet.

Effy Stonem
“Sometimes I think I was born backwards, you know came out my mum the wrong way. I hear words go past me backwards. The people I should love I hate, and the people I hate…”
I love that quote sfm. The Stonem siblings always had epic quotes. I don't really know how to describe Effy either. I feel like the whole point of the character was the fact that the audience doesn't really ~know her. It was like she was always in her own world because she found reality so boring.
I miss series 1 and 2 Effy a lot. She was fierce, confident and soo fucking badass. I think Tony's absence would explain what happened to her in series 4...that's the only explanation that makes sense at this moment.

James Cook
“I was thinking why does everybody get to piss on me? Everybody always fucking pisses on me. My fucking mum. My fucking dad is a tosser and no one gives a shit.”
I'll be honest, I hated Cook in the beginning of series three but, the finale changed everything. That scene with his dad on the boat was the turning point. It gave so much insight about why Cook is the way he is and Jack O'Connell was fucking brilliant in it. If Chris was the emotional core of gen 1 for me then, Cook is the emotional core of gen 2. Cook and Chris get compared a lot and I agree with most of the statements. They are both lonely, have mommy and daddy issues and live life to the fullest. However, Cook had more of a dangerous edge and I don't know how to explain this exactly but, a child-like innocence. His series four episode is one of my favourite Skins episodes. Even my friend who loathes gen 2 was crying thoughout it.

Emily Fitch
 
“What do you do when someone you love lets you down? Really fucks you over?”
Let me just say there are a ridiculous amount of screencaps with Emily crying or looking sad. I was not happy to see that. It's like watching someone punch a puppy. How could you do that Skins writers? smh. Out of all the characters here, I'm probably most like Emily. Shy, quiet, naive and always afraid to stand up to people. That's why I connected with her right away in the series 3 premiere. I loved watching her arc in series 3 and grow into a confident person while stepping out of her sister's shadow. I still feel that her and Naomi's break-up was too soap-operish for my taste but, my love for the character never faltered.

Katie Fitch
“I’m Katie fucking Fitch! Who the fuck are you?”
HBIC. Fierce. Loyal. That quote pretty much sums up Katie Fitch. She really brightened up scenes when things got really dull. Her series four episode was fantastic and that final scene with her mom still brings me to tears. I wish she had gotten to do more in series four though.

Overall, I loved everyone from Gen 1 (minus Sketch). I got really attached to that generation so when I started watching Gen 2 I was a bit disappointed. Pandora and Thomas were just ugh. Freddie might have been worth watching if they had picked a better actor. I was always mixed about Naomi, sometimes I loved her, sometimes I was annoyed by her. Same goes with JJ.
So who are your favourite Skins characters? Least favourite?