Well, it’s all come down to this: the finale of Skins US. We all know it was a rocky start as MTV took some odd liberties with their translation of the original UK brilliance: iconic characters were lost and British humour and drama seemed nearly impossible to express with our limited american vocab. Most of all, the genius of the musical editors from the UK version seemed to have been left across the pond as the US started with limited song backdrops and of the few they did have, they were awfully disappointing. Thankfully, for the most part, MTV took huge strides by this final episode of the show’s first season!
Not needing to rehash the plot line and monstrously “to be continued” feeling left in the air between every character and their respective loved ones and nemeses, instead I want to focus on the best and worst aspects of this finale. First, the worst: the Eura character. A mirror image of the UK’s unparalleled Effy Stonem, the sister of the US Tony, Eura is the focus of the episode and is nothing compared to the deep, ridiculously fashionable and … “sexual free” British original. Further, her relationship and final dramatic joke she plays on her panicked brother is nothing compared to the UK kidnap and near rape plot (god, they just do it better over there don’t they?). BUT, they did get the final minutes right and once and for all reunited this canonical show with its most important components: sex and music.
I won’t harp on for too long about the following videos I found but a little setup is necessary. First off is an ACTUAL performance by the actors that play Stanley and Cadie as they unite after a season of will they/won’t they on stage and harmonize perfectly in a Tears for Fears cover of “Shout”, backed up by Starscream. The scene is epic in its sadness and juxtaposed and simultaneous feeling of hopefulness and depression… yeah, that sounded douchey I know, but it’s just that good.
PLEASE know this is their actual amazing voices and take special note of Starscream’s awesome backup of the tune. (Stanley and Cadie featuring Starscream: “Shout”- Tears for Fears cover)
But, who is Starscream you ask? Well, they’re a band who… I actually can’t find a THING about ha!! While writing this article I spent a good ten minutes (for me that’s a lot, so leave me alone) googling this band to no avail. So, if you’re reading this and have some insider knowledge please feel free to comment below! Basically, it looks like two or three 20-something boys with drunks, a keyboard and a mixer makin’ some killer music. The bottom video attached here is just audio but regardless is my current REPEAT song for at least the next week. PLEASE give it a listen and at very least make it to 1:00 as that’s where the song truly takes over. This song: “Gravity in Terms of Space Time” from the “Future, and it Doesn’t Work” album is basically Crystal Castle meets SNES Metroid and Super Mario… on crack. It’s amazing!!
You MUST play this at full volume with all your car windows down and just let it take you over! (Starscream: “Gravity in Terms of Space”)