Should they just end it already?
Danny Ly | 09/12/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Degrassi Season 8 isn't the best season of Degrassi. Most of the original cast has moved on. It takes a while to get use to the new cast of characters. Most of the time the episodes of Season 8 are just flat out boring. A lot of the new characters are emotionless, annoying, or flat out horrible (Conner anyone?). One great thing about the DVD set is that it includes the Degrassi Goes Hollywood movie! In widescreen 16:9 format also! However, the rest of the season is in full screen 4:3 ratio? What gives? The N showed the episodes in widescreen, but the dvd doesn't? Also, the dvd set doesn't even have subtitles for anything! It's 2009! Unacceptable! Not the best season but a few episodes are worth checking out..."
Weak Season. Good DVD.
Derek | 11/26/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
This season on Degrassi it's out with the old and in with the new. As this season introduces many new characters and drops many of The Next Generation Originals besides a select few (Emma, Manny, Liberty and Spinner). I feel that was one of the problems with this season, I felt there wasn't enough closure with the originals who were dropped, although some of them do appear in the "Degrassi Goes Hollywood Movie", but I'll get to that later. As I mentioned earlier Season 8 introduces many new characters this season and brings back the Lakehurst kids (Holly J, Anya, Jane, Sav, Johnny and Bruce) who were all introduced in Season 7 (besides Johnny, who was introduced in Season 6). I feel that is another problem with this season, WAY to many characters! Some of whom hardly get any character development at all (Leia, Blue, Bruce). Many of the plots this season were a real bore, and a lot of it was relationship drama. I did like a handful of episodes this season though (Didn't We Almost Have It All, Bad Medicine, Jane Says (A-Plot Only), Heart Of Glass, Danger Zone). But in my opinion this season was kind of like somebody threw up, as in I thought it was a mess. From randomly introducing plots in an episode then randomly dropping them, and how everything was wrapped up within an episode, and way to many new characters while they also try to pay attention to old ones. Overall I give Season 8: *** Stars or a C. Now lets move onto the DVD.
Now while I overall didn't like this season of Degrassi, I thought the DVD was great! Echo Bridge Entertainment is really good with putting good extras on their Degrassi DVD's. A lot of the Funamation releases had very boring extras like the Degrassi Flipbook and Trailers for anime shows and old episodes of Degrassi. But on the Echo Bridge releases they put the online mini's, on the set material, and deleted scenes from the season and the movie. Much more well balanced for an extra features disc, in my opinion anyway. The Season 8 DVD set also comes with the 4-part finale turned movie "Degrassi Goes Hollywood", in widescreen. All of the episodes, features and the movie seem to be in good quality when I watch them on my TV, better quality then the Season 7 DVD which seemed very grainy in quality when watching it. So overall I would give the DVD: ***** or an A. Now here's my mini review of the "Degrassi Goes Hollywood Movie".
Paradise City: Degrassi Goes Hollywood Movie:
"Paradise City" or "Degrassi Goes Hollywood" is the 4-part Season 8 finale turned into a 90 minute feature-length film. This is the first ever Degrassi: The Next Generation Movie and it's not that bad. The film brings back some characters who were absent for all of Season 8 (Paige, Marco, Ellie and Craig). One of the things I kept wondering throughout the movie is how Paige ended up in Hollywood working for the Heidi Montag parody, Hailey Montel. It just seemed so random, as the last time we saw Paige she was working for Andrea and was dating Griffin. Also she had an HIV plot that was never wrapped up (Season 7). I just don't like how it showed her in Hollywood with no explanation whatsoever. Paige's part of the plot also felt very rushed to me, and it seemed like she regressed to her Season 1-self. And it sucks because Paige is my favorite character and to see her regressed within 90 minutes was lame. Manny's part of the plot also seemed rushed and she was also randomly dating her drama professer, that was completely out of nowhere. The greatest part of the movie is surprisingly Ellie's part. I was very surprised when I enjoyed Ellie's plot the most, I thought her plot was going to be so boring. But it was actually good as they brought back a very old plot from Season 3 with her dad returning from the war with PTSD. Very good to see Ellie be pretty much all wrapped up. But as for the overall movie it was just okay. I give Paradise City: Degrassi Goes Hollywood: **** Stars or a B.
Okay man that was a long review, thanks to anyone who read all of it and remember "You can make it through!" Haha."
Mixed review on this season
F. CRUZ | P.R. | 09/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It wasn't Degrassi's best season yet, but it wasn't its worst cause there are a few episodes that really teaches you something plus you get to see the Ally vs. Holly J episode,which is my favorite. Best thing about ECHO BRIDGE HOME ENTERTAINMENT is that they're releasing DEGRASSI in a faster pace than FUNIMATION. Though, what happened to the halloween episode where JANE is possessed by RICK? But this dvd set has DEGRASSI GOES HOLLYWOOD & what better than that!!! Hopefully if DEGRASSI keeps releasing seasons on tv, will hope for this lost episode to make it on the next dvd set release."