Skins and Grief.
This is my analysis on how the theme of grief has played out through all the generations.
The main characters had known each other for quite some time and they were a tight knit group despite the changing relationship dynamics and the promise of even more change to come. Chris was the member of the group who live life to the fullest. He said yes to everything and never shied away from adventure. He was a force to be reckoned with. He was also a character that never took things seriously and always responded to things with a smile. The way that grief was handled with Chris was quick and yet gave closure to him. Cassie ran away being the person who saw Chris died and going along with her negative outlook on life toward the end. The rest them banded together to force Chris’ father’s hand at his funeral so they could properly say goodbye to their friend. Chris’s death was of natural causes and it was simply bad luck in terms of biology. No one was involved and it wasn’t an accident. Jal being the love interest of Chris is a strong person and a practical person at that. She chose to remember Chris for exactly who he is and go on to follow her dreams. The rest of the gang said their goodbyes and also moved on to the next phases of their life. Grief was quick and clean for Generation 1 as far as we can tell from what we were shown.
Grief was never shown. Freddie was lured to John Foster’s house and murdered via bat. Though prior to this Freddie was planning to leave Bristol to escape everything. So many people thought he just left and no one fully understood the gravity of Freddie’s absence. The only forms of grief or worry we saw was through the characters of Karen and Cook. Karen who is desperately worried and trying to find her brother approaches Cook saying that this is not like Freddie. She needs him. Cook also shows his emotions toward his friend and ends up at John Foster’s house realizing his friend has been murdered. The generation ends without closure or even allowing the audience to see the main characters responding to the news of Freddie’s murder. Grief was not deal with. I argue this goes with many of the themes that Generation 2—not dealing with things. Escape. Taking responsibility for mistakes and then taking it all back by running away. Grief was denied to the Generation 2 fans.
The main theme of this generation is hope and grief. Two themes that should go hand and hand. The writers chose to kill off an innocent, kind, and magical character in the second episode of the series. This person is connected to each of the characters in a unique way and the series is about the consequences that come from the circumstances of her death. Grief is portrayed by feelings of guilt as portrayed by Franky and Matty. It is shown by being pulled in several different directions through Nick’s story line feeling torn between his grief for Grace and his loyalty toward his brother. It is shown through a fear of mortality as shown through Liv’s story line with her made up cancer scare. The pregnancy story line with Alo and Mini is definitely portrayed as the other side of death. Then of course there is Rich which is a story of strength, love, and in some ways acceptance. Instead of going with the usual story line of the dramatic and broken love one that was left behind. Which I appreciate…grief is ugly, messy, and filled with blame. Generation 3 showed us all of those ugly elements to grief and it also showed us the truth of grief which is a desperate search for hope and home again. When you lose someone you love it feels as if the foundation in which you stand has crumbled and you are left chasing memories trying to hold onto something. Rich held onto what Grace gave him. While the other characters scrambled to find that hope and that new beginning to help them through the inevitable change that is looming over all of them…graduating. It is a beautiful portrayal.