I wanted to wait to watch the entire Skins Fire to give you a review on the entire thing, so here it is. This does contain spoilers but I’m trying to not say too much.
I hate to say it but this was not Skins. I’m not saying this because most of the cast wasn’t there or because they weren’t doing drugs in every other scene. I say this because it felt completely stripped down and empty. There was no life to this, no joy and no weirdness. Fuck, I miss the weirdness. Seasons 1-6 were often dark and twisted and heartbreaking but they were also fun and exciting and full of hope. I felt no joy watching Skins Fire, it felt hollow.
I immediately liked the new guy Dominic but of course Effy had to fuck him over repeatedly because that’s what Effy does. He was exactly what she needed to get her over her over-dramatic and self-obsessed self but instead she only become more Effy. I was hoping to see her grow up but she just became dull and lifeless.
I was looking forward to Naomi and Emily being in this only to realize Emily was barely in it at all and the only times Naomi was in it was when she was arguing with Effy. The moments between Naomi and Emily were some of the best and I was never really a hardcore Naomily shipper either. I would have liked to see them in a solid relationship while also living together as adults, dealing with adult things.
The plot was kind of obvious and I only like Effy that much less now than I did at the end of season 4. The one thing I can give Fire is that the acting was fantastic, they’ve really grown as actors and the cinematography was phenomenal. I only wish the show had grown into a more mature Skins while still holding onto the spirit of the original.