Rin says: Cigarette made me lol. (Sophy have you quit yet, omg I’m gonna get in so much trouble ) NEEDS MOAR NAOMILY. I am also going to get in trouble for this… Merv’s arms look nice in that last cap. OMFG I FEEL SICK AND DIRTY.
Sophy says: LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL. LOL. AND LOL. AND LOL LOL. AND LOL. I knew there was a reason I loved that trainer-guy so much.
Rin says: “OH HAI EFFY, YES I ALWAYS FULLY FLEX WHEN I CLOSE DOORS.” “OH HAI COOK, YES I’M ALWAYS HALF DRESSED WHEN STANDING BY MYSELF.”
Sophy says: God, Freddie’s shed/garden is beautiful. Beautiful. I want to live there, with quaint breakfast cereals and old episodes of The Bill and a rocking chair.
Rin says: Effy did not get a proper send off.
Sophy says: She really, really, REALLY FUCKING didn’t.
Rin says: PANDA’S GOING TO HARVARD. NO CONGRATULATIONS??? Sheesh. This is also Kaya’s last REAL scene. *plays her off*
Sophy says: I just don’t get why she lied. That’s just stupid-shorts.
Rin says: Using the old ‘rinscope’ again.
Sophy says: eheheh gotta love the rinscope, it cuts right to the chase.
Rin says: SRSLY IT WAS PERFECT LIKE THIS. WHY DID THEY… WHY DID THEY… *STARTS SOBBING AGAIN*
Sophy says: These caps are so fucking beautiful.
Rin says: omafargo. She thought it was Freddie and you could see the little smile turn into disappointment and KAREN :((:(((:((
Sophy says: I loved the way this was played. Unfortunately what came next was the biggest piece of FAIL in the whole episode.
Rin says: A whole world of NO. Except yes to how Effy/Pandora are sitting.
Sophy says: WHAT/ WHATL/ I JUST. WHAT/?? This would still be cheesy as fuck even if it made ANY kind of sense. I’m just… in awe of the fail. AWE. And lol wut, Karen is all ‘Five minutes ago I was, quite justifiably, flipping the fuck out because I think something happened to my brother. NAO LET’S HAVE A PARTY LOL LOL DANCE DANCE.’ Awe. Awe. AWE. Also, Cook and JJ back up dancing? NOT cute. NOT funny. Embarrassing and ridiculous in the context of this show.
I was already disgusted enough with this scene (AS YOU CAN SEE) before my bf pointed something else out: this totally flies in the face of Karen’s whole lovely speech about how she doesn’t fit in and her bond with Freddie is special because he doesn’t mind what she likes… apparently she and her Kylie fit in just great with Cook and the gang now. No need for Freds, so nevermind that he’s missing and all. lol. *tears hair out*
Rin says: I dunno, I felt like I had to include this crazy blurry cap because you can see the previous attempts at sending the message, i.e. the previous takes of the scene. /geek AND GAWD, even on the phone it’s TRINITY + Merv. *rolls eyes*
Rin says: We never saw Emily wear those clothes. WHY DIDN’T WE SEE HER WEAR THAT CHECK PURPLE TOP?! D:
Sophy says: Rin? I think you should write a stiff letter.
Rin says: ……….
Sophy says: *anticipates the need for smelling salts*
Rin says: That’s one cool skull ring, nice Naomi. No, I’m not trying to not be awkward amongst all the nudity. What are you talking about?
Rin says: DYING DYING DYING.
Sophy says: *fetches smelling salts*
Rin says: All of these were 100% necessary.
ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW WHAT?
Rin says: Yeah, that’s right.
IT’S WHAT YOU ALL WANTED, RIGHT?!
Sophy says: *administers salts*
Rin says: Okay, we’ve all gawked so now we can talk about the scene. It’s so beautiful I could cry — Naomi stripping (oic) down to her core, the very basis of what she wants, craves, needs…loves. She’s in the fetal position, being reborn… it reminds me of that scene in s3 ep9 when they’re all going to the Loveball and there’s a shot of nekkid Naomi lying on her bed. Then she turns up at the ball. It’s pretty much the same thing, she’s Naomi… she’s never going to die not knowing. Live fast, die young. Except this time, it really is all or nothing.
Sophy says: Yeah, that’s like… unbelievably fucking stunning. I think even non-Lily-fans would have to agree. And Rin? Love your insight. Love it.
Rin says: YAY KEFFY LOLSSSS. Some of the best kind. I hate when I go all srs bsns.
Sophy says: LOL NAOMI IN HER HOT, NAKED GLORY IS KEFFY’S GUARDIAN ANGEL <3
Rin says: TWINS I’LL MISS YOU SFM. I love the cap of them so much, Emily looking at Katie. I just.. they’re going to be alright AND KATS HAIR IN THE LIGHT I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.
Sophy says: Katie wins at getting the fuck over things. Emily’s hair wins at hair.
Rin says: Katie I love it when you dress-up. Although I’m not entirely sure when it is that you don’t dress-up. Meg/Klariza/Ollie’s last scene….
*prepares self mentally for the next scene*
Sophy says: YEAH YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD, JJ. STILL GOT THAT KNIFE SOPHIA GAVE YOU?
Rin says: WE AGREE EMS. WE STRONGLY AGREE. That is why we both felt it was necessary to do the following. You can thank us with money and/or trophies.
Sophy says: Seriously Rin. I didn’t think you’d actually do it. You never cease to amaze me.
Rin says: Emily senses Naomi. Like how a slayer senses a vampire. Exactly like that.
Sophy says: They are totally the new Buffy/Angel. I dare anyone to challenge this extremely profound and accurate insight.
Rin says: Ah, I can take you seriously again. OKAY, don’t look at it too closely and I suggest you move a metre further back than usual. And look at Ems, all ready to put up a fight. Oh bb, YOU’RE WALLS ARE GONNA COME-A TUMBER-LING DAAHHHNNN!
Rin says: Should I be talking about the speech or just more about the hair?
Sophy says: I think we should just bask in the hair. BRB BASKING.
Rin says: GOA. Cause that’s right Mandy, NAOMS WAS ALWAYS GONNA TAKE HER EMS TO MAKE LOVE ON BEACHES. But not before she screwed that girl sophia! ….wut.
Rin says: So maybe I couldn’t be bothered to do that back of Naomi, what do you want me to do? Six seater table.
Sophy says: lol, Mama Fitch, thank you for the answer for everything <3
Rin says: Hands over cryfaces, I adore them. I’m just like that.
Sophy says: Srs, you guys, sometimes she steals candy from babies and then when they cry she presses their poor little hands over their eyes. It’s disturbing.
Rin says: It’s not that I wanted the sophia-esque hair to die a fiery death… I get the sentiments, Naomi wanted to make an effort. Which is all fine and dandy but SRSLY, it’s such an odd length that is just looks like one of those JUDGE WIGS. Or ‘Ramen.’ It also looked YELLOW instead of Lily’s beautiful blondey-white hair. For me, it was more distracting and took away from the performance — it was not a good example of hairography.
Sophy says: Agreed… I mean, I think it was kind of brilliant, in that we’ve seen Naomi with totally unkempt, limp hair ever since that shit went down in 4.02, and that now, finally, she’s picking herself up and dusting herself off and styling herself up… but did it have to be THAT STYLE. Why not lovely Lily-braids ftlog!
Rin says: I don’t have much to say about the speech that hasn’t already been said. Those who I was chatting to whilst watching the livestream know that I actually wasn’t affected by it at all. Not in ANY way – I wasn’t happy, sad, grateful, or even simply pleased. I’m pretty sure the placement of it, the lack of a buildup and the shitty livestream all accounted for this (and the hair). I was way too frantic watching the finale the first time round, so everything seemed to fly by and frankly, I didn’t even have time to worry about Naomily or get into that mindset, so when it came time for the EPIC MOMENT I just couldn’t focus and wasn’t feeling it. I’m upset that I couldn’t feel it, really upset. I wanted to be a complete wreck, I enjoy it when a tv show can move me that much. It took me days to get over Emily’s episode, and that to me just screams a job well done from Skins. It’s no secret that Naomily is THE reason I am so involved in this fandom and why I love it so much, so yes I was a bit annoyed that I couldn’t enjoy this moment as much as those who watched the leaked clip beforehand. The speech does better on its own that it does within the ep. BUT this is really a minor thing in the grande scheme of things, I’m not going to whinge (didn’t I just do a whole lot of that?) because Naomily got the best ending by far and we’re lucky that the naomily fanbase is so large that there really wasn’t a possibility for them ending it any other way. And that Elsley was HBIC on all naomily fronts.
Sophy says: Alright. I’m not gonna lie here. I wasn’t impressed. I think Lily nailed it. I think Kat did an incredible job communicating the extent to which Emily was moved without being able to use a single damn word. I think Elsley tried to fix the neglected mess that Naomily became this season… but it was too little too late, and if it wasn’t for the fact (or should I say the hope) that the issue will be revisisted in some form in the movie, I’d feel cheated as a Naomily shipper. Not as cheated as I felt as a Freffy shipper EL OH EL. But yeah. Whilst the speech was very sweet, and whilst I did decide, after long deliberation, that I liked the massive retcon in terms of Naomi knowing she was in love with Emily probably even before Emily knew she was in love with her… it just wasn’t original enough. I was excited when the breakup happened in 4.02, because I was sure we were in for something unique and memorable with Naomily to bring their paths back together… but in the end it was just a speech. And as much as I
love to hate to sound the gen 1 horn, I really have to: it was just a rehash of Chris’s speech to Jal in his season two episode. I’m scared, I’d rather fuck my life up than be vulnerable, I’ll push you away before you can leave me… the sentiment worked perfectly in the Chris/Jal scene, but I think that has something to do with the fact that it was a fix for sort-of-not-quite-really-cheating which caused a half an episode rift between them. Not a fix for months and months of epic misery over a complete betrayl of trust and general loss of emotional innocence. And even Jal’s response… she didn’t just gaily (lol GAY-LY) throw herself back into Chris’s arms – she forgave him, sure, but she did so strugglingly and quietly, with tears of indignation and confusion about what the hell to do with her own secret. It wasn’t a ~season finale moment. And I think that’s why it worked better.
Also, wtf was up with Naomi saying she’d die for Emily? A bit on the nose given the whole thing where “that girl, Sophia” offed herself over you… I jest. Mostly. I was definitely disappointed at the lack of attention paid to Sophia and Naomi’s guilt over everything that happened – that whole side of the 4.02 debacle. It wasn’t all about the fact that she ruined things with Emily. Or it shouldn’t have been.
NEVERTHELESS. I do appreciate elements of it – notably the fact that Naomi is laying herself completely emotionally bare in front of everyone, in front of people who couldn’t all even fairly be called her friends. She’s laying it all on the line for her woman, finally, and that is a beautiful thing.
Rin says: *puts you in my pocket*
Sophy says: That last cap is my favourite. Nobody does pressing their lips together with emotion like Kat Prescott. Now I’ve told you.
Rin says: If that top right cap doesn’t SCREAM love to you, then get out of my sight. THAT TEAR IS JUST…the most perfect thing.
Sophy says: Agreed. Kat is just wonderful at the emotional scenes.
Rin says: The tear just stays there, being all perfect. I love the resting foreheads and the desperation and ok.. I like the hair from this side.
Sophy says: Yeah, it’s a lovely mirror of the ‘I can’t stand it’ kiss, which I guess is what this whole thing has been about. Not being able to stand the loov. Oh hi Effy/Freddie/Cook parallel. I do love it when the relationships overlap and illuminate one another. I really do.
Rin says: …and then they went outside and rolled.
Rin says: brb.
Sophy says: Rolling is what they do best <3 I did love the Naomily reunion, even if I felt it could have been better… maybe with some rolling? But it was beautiful and at least I got SOMETHING I wanted out of this fucking trainwreck. One complaint: I wanted the grand, stunning, saturated Skins cinematography for this moment. I got shed. Pls to be doing better in the movie.
Rin says: HAHA I adore Cook emptying the rest of the glass onto his back. I didn’t even know that was a thing.
Sophy says: I LOVE YOU EFFY AND PANDA OMFG. Even though Effy’s apparent good-health and cheer is fucking ridiculous.
Rin says: Ok I included that cap of Katie’s leg because it reminded me of this:
That is all.
Sophy says: Unffff, I love patterned tights, I love them, I love them I do.
Rin says: Whilst totally inappropriate..Skins partying is cute.
Sophy says: I would have loved this so hard if I hadn’t been nervously noting how little time was left and how little had been resolved/still quivering with rage at the Kylie-dancing.
Rin says: I call invasion of privacy.
Sophy says: lol, this scene does feel a tad Rinscope-ish.
Rin says: I love this sof
ia kiss so much. It’s so relaxed and happy and reminds me of why I shipped Naomily in the first place.
Sophy says: To me this little moment was worth more than the entire speech/throwing themselves into each other’s arms part of this ep. If the grand gesture at the eleventh hour was a little bit cheesecake, then this was pure lemon sorbet – small and subtle, a sweet, refreshing slice of the pre-abject-woe Naomily we loved so dearly. I’m not sure I completely bought Naomi’s speech and Emily’s reaction to it as a satisfactory resolution to their broken relationship… but this right here, this makes me think they have a shot.
Rin says: It’s happening. It’s not over. PACK YOUR BAGS.
Sophy says: *packs bags*
Rin says: DNW Cook peeing. DW Cook throwing rocks at Freddies window. I also had a moment where I got really scared that Dr. Foster would just show up in the window…for some reason. I don’t know. He’s just that creepy.
Sophy says: I have trouble concentrating at this point. I just see ‘Knob’ above Freddie’s head and I go into some kind of rage black-out. I can’t remember if it was there before, and okay if it’s always been there I guess that’s a little less fail, but still… UGH. Do we really need that, at this point? Maybe it would help if the line pointing to Cook was a little less almost-invisible-by-comparison, ditto whatever is written about JJ. Idk, as a Freddie fan it just kind of felt like the writers decided to have a joke at my expense. Well… most of the episode felt that way actually. DNW.
Rin says: BUT HONESTLY. WHY THE FUCK IS HE EVEN THERE, AND HOW DOES HE EVEN KNOW WHERE FREDDIE LIVES? BAD SEGWAY IS BAD.
Sophy says: lol poor plotting is poor.
Rin says: Thomas/Panda.. I don’t mind you.
Sophy says: ngl, I still love Thomas/Panda. Even if their story sucked monkey balls.
Rin says: That’s a wrap for Lily and Kat. *BURSTS INTO TEARS*
Sophy says: AWWWWW. Except it’s not. Cos they’re going to roll all over the movie.
Rin says: They’re cute when they’re not having sex. I love the blue nail polish and the hand over his.. it’s nice. BUT I DON’T CARE, THOMAS GOT HARVARD MIXED UP WITH SOME OTHER UNIVERSITY BECAUSE JFC. HONESTLY.
Sophy says: Lisa is a wonderful actress. The underusing of her was criminal. Now I’ve told you.
Rin says: Why. Just why.
Rin says: Jack you’re amazing in this scene. You are amazing. Even if I don’t whole-heartedly agree with it.
Rin says: I LOVE THE SMILING SHAKING OF HIS HEAD. It’s so good.
Rin says: It weirds me out how..weird he looks. Idk. What did they do? I’M MANNNDEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
Sophy says: There are ways in which I loved the fuck out of this. And ways in which I hated the fuck out of it. Jack, never change. You’re brilliant and will go far. I can’t say any more about any of this, I’m supposed to be in a rage blackout right now BAI.
Rin says: End credits. There’s an odd number of cast (obviously) and I couldn’t change the order of them.. so MERV IS BY HIMSELF.
Sophy says: lol well he wants to be anyway, apparently, so he can gtfo.
Rin says: Things that made this episode awesome.
Sophy says: Or, if you’re me, they’re things that made this episode bearable.
Rin says: THEY WEREN’T BIASED AT ALL, I SWEAR.
Sophy says: OR THEY WERE BUT ROPHY DOESN’T CARE.
Rin says: Lily always wins.
Sophy says: LOL NO ONE CARES MERV. GO CRY INTO YOUR SOUP.
Rin says: *starts dialing* Hahah srsly, look how happy they are. <3
Sophy says: Seriously. I mean this macro. I was thinking the other day about Merv and how he doesn’t want to be in the movie and how much that sucked, because I wanted Panda and was worried that they would be a two-for-one… and then I thought. WHY NOT JUST REPLACE HIM. I wouldn’t mind at all. I don’t think I’ve ever said that about a character I liked before, but it’s true in this case – I’d be more than happy to see someone else playing Thomas in the movie. Especially if he didn’t act like a douche, so I didn’t have to compartmentalize at all times. MERV, I SAY ALL THIS WITH LOVE. You were great as Thomas. You just need to get better at twitter.
Rin says: We can only pray.
Sophy says: BRB PRAYING. AND PRAYING AND PRAYING AND PRAYING.