Karen Mclair (Gen 2)
Minor character Commentary - Karen Mclair
Karen is one of my favorite minor characters in Generation 2 specifically. Honestly I would have loved to have seen her in a main role capacity. Her character is quite fun and I could see some potential in her character. Honestly.
Karen is Freddie’s older sister. We first meet her as she was trying her hand to win a televised talent competition for a record deal. She is a dancer and a singer. She knows what she wants and does everything that is necessary to get it. Including using the memory of her mother to get sympathy votes. She is different than Freddie in this respect. She has drive and feisty spirit to go after what she wants. She makes plans.
Another thing that I have noticed about Karen is that she is a bit selfish. However it is a necessary selfish sometimes. In order to accomplish goals or assert herself. Yet at the same time she loved Freddie. She really loved Freddie. She knew that Freddie would not have left and tries to talk Cook into trying to find him. This to me was telling.
Mostly I wanted to take this moment to point out that she was a minor character that did not fit into the world of the main ‘Skins’ cast. She likes the wrong things and she is a bit more girly than the rest. At the same time though. She is a ‘Skins’ character. She’s eccentric and she is herself. That’s all you need to be a Skins character.
Minor Detour : Abigail Stock (Gen1)
We meet Abigail in the first episode of Skins ever. In this episode she plays the ever excited rich society girl who sings choir with Tony. Well, she also wants Tony. Badly.
Just like ever other character on Skins though we start to learn more and more about her. In 1x2 we learn that her mother runs the psychiatric facility that Cassie goes to for her rehabilitation. We also hear her mother saying over the phone to Abigail about whether or not she took her medication. So we know she has some sort of diagnosed issue that she takes medication for.
In Sid’s episode Michelle gets jealous of Abigail and confronts her. This is all apart of Tony’s elaborate plan to make things interesting. However Abigail loses her temper easily and psychotically insults Michelle in one of the most epic ways.
“Ow! I’ll kill you, you fucking flat-chested cocksucking spastic horse-fucker!”
Abigail is used mainly as a tool for Tony to play with as he tries to manipulate situations. In Series 2, Abigail tricks post-accident Tony into thinking he is dating her. A bit of revenge or an act of psychotic desperation? Or a bit of both.
I often wonder if Abigail actually has issues or if it is just a product of who her mother is. I wonder if her mother tries out certain psychological theories on her children. Because Abigail’s brother Josh (another minor character which I will explore soon) also has to take medication otherwise he is unpleasant. Are they imbalanced due to genes and being naturally imbalanced? Or are they imbalanced due to taking medication that they probably did not need to take? Interesting thing to think about.
Abigail though will forever be the minor character who cried horse fucker. She will also be known as vital character in the down fall of Tony Stonem.