One of my followers captainduhduhfff
sent in her thoughts about Jal. First I want to share her thoughts and then respond to it. So here is what she said.
“I’m trying to keep this episode specific. I apologize if this turns into a Jal love rant or gets a bit personal. Like I said, I identify with Jal and Emily the most of any Skins characters. So here are my thoughts on Jal.
Jal is a strong young woman, intelligent and sassy. She’s not afraid to tell it like it is, however, Jal’s sass and honesty can come off as a bit aggressive. This is especially true about her actions towards her father. He seems like, excuse the oversimplification, a bit of a dick in the beginning of the episode, but you come to see why as the episode progresses. In the end, he pulls through for her by buying the clarinet and taking care of the man who mugged her and Sid.
One of the reasons I dislike Michelle so much is her actions in Jal’s episode. I feel like her actions speak louder than her words. Jal is always there for her, but Michelle can be so wrapped up in Tony that she doesn’t return the favor. Despite this, Michelle does care for Jal which becomes more apparent in series two. I like this contrast between Michelle and Jal as a viewer though. Jal is seen as not as “sexy” as Michelle or not as stylish or popular with guys. As Sid puts it in this episode, Jal has clarinet and he has chocolate chip cookies instead of sex. A lot of her development in the later series is coming into her personal sexuality, which is something I’ve recently been doing myself.
I think I’ll watch the episode later on and send you some more thoughts then. Sorry if this isn’t helpful. I love reading your posts. They make me think more positively and critically of characters I don’t like or am indifferent to. I’ve slowly come to care more for Rich and Hardlet through reading your analyses. One thing Skins succeeds in doing is creating characters as complex ad real people.”
First of all I loved reading your thoughts and I think you are dead on about Jal and your observations. Jal is an extremely honest character who is quite straight forward about many things. Jal is also a wonderful friend and she does so much for Michelle and Sid as well. She also loves her brother and loves her Dad. She grew up with boys therefore she has learned to talk the talk and can give it with the best of them.
Her journey is definitely what you say it is. Discovering her sexuality learning to become less stringent about things and testing our own pre-conceived notions of who ends up pregnant. Every character in Skins is complex or has potential to be complex and Jal is not any different.
She’s a wonderful character. I’m not going to say much more. I’ll say more with my review. However I just wanted to post this to A) Give Jal some love. B) Show how brilliant you are. C) Thank you publically for being so kind.