SKINS (UK) “Liv” Review

SKINS (UK) Liv Series 5 Episode 4

SKINS “Liv” Series 5 Episode 4 - The intro to this week’s SKINS warned us the programme contains “depictions of violence, drug use and scenes of a sexual nature” – finally! I knew Liv wouldn’t let us down!

The episode sees Liv go on a trippy binge with the alternative Matty who she meets at a bus station having escaped the party being thrown at her house where the rest of the gang are attempting to smoke their own body weight in weed.

Matty is potentially one of the most interesting characters in Skins and I was pleased to see him introduced. The episode as a whole was intentionally random – they were off their head on hallucinogenic drugs the entire time. We didn’t learn too much about either character other than Matty is Nick’s brother and Liv drops her knickers quicker than you can say Sexually Transmitted Infection.

The part in the fancy dress shop was strange. A random sexual attack is not what you need when you’re tripping off your face in a bear outfit but Matty to the rescue as he bashes him in the head with a fire extinguisher.

Franky gave the rest of the cast a little lesson in comedic timing, her stoned expression popping up from behind the sofa was hilarious.

It’ll be interesting to see where the dynamic of the friendship between the cast develops as it is obvious Mini is not in the mood to forgive Liv’s betrayal with Nick. Insisting her “mate” down a full bottle of vodka as an apology only to walk away in disgust suggests maybe not!

The montage at the end left me breathless. If the coming Skins episodes are going to cram all that into the coming episodes we’ll need the advert breaks to recover.

New relationships blossomed and old ones were broken in this whirlwind episode, it leaves me wondering where the next episode will go. The fact I’m beginning to care is an indication this is turning into a enjoyable series.

What did you think of Skins this week? Happy to see the hedonism return or hoping it doesn’t spiral into a binge-fest? Let me know in the comment box below!

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Jessica is a journalism student living in Nottingham England, the home of Robin Hood! Having not quite readjusted to life after Uni she still spends far too much time watching TV, never getting tired of re-runs of ER, Brothers and Sisters, Glee and the timeless Friends! She is also flying the flag for British shows such as Life on Mars and The Inbetweeners as well as all the brilliant one-off shows on British TV. A keen film buff Jess has aspirations of one day hosting the BBC Film show – everyone’s a critic!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BCWSYQ3GARJAL7GHRZZM7ML3IM GUeRA

    Hello my name is Monica

    I also write reviews about skins and was excited to read someone else’s. Your review was awesome better then mine, I was just so disapointed with Liv’s episode that when it came to writing the review I did not put too much effort. But I agree with you about not learning too much about both Matty and Liv, especially Liv. the trailer for Nicks episode left me all confused and excited about whats to happen next, lets hope the other episodes are not as terrible as Liv’s.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5O3JRMVTEBDPSEUDXW3DCGRIGE geoffk

    not enough franky in any of the epis following her own.

    i am very impressed with dakota…and her comedic take on being stoned was brilliant

    i liked the epi because much of the messages were not hammered into the viewers

    i too liked the disjointed manner of the epi….that is what getting stoned is all about…and yes, its also about forgetting totally about your family and friends
    and i agree…matty may very well be the most interesting character since cassie….he is a rebel without a cause.

    im sorry that ratings are way down…i thought brit audiences had patience and i like how the writers are developing our core group….much better than gen 2

    as an aside…instead of a simple warning before the program, they need to add the tag…kids, dont try this at home….

    downing a bottle of vodka wont just make you puke….it will send you to the hospital….and downing a pint of tequila the next day….will kill you

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5O3JRMVTEBDPSEUDXW3DCGRIGE geoffk

    not enough franky in any of the epis following her own.

    i am very impressed with dakota…and her comedic take on being stoned was brilliant

    i liked the epi because much of the messages were not hammered into the viewers

    i too liked the disjointed manner of the epi….that is what getting stoned is all about…and yes, its also about forgetting totally about your family and friends
    and i agree…matty may very well be the most interesting character since cassie….he is a rebel without a cause.

    im sorry that ratings are way down…i thought brit audiences had patience and i like how the writers are developing our core group….much better than gen 2

    as an aside…instead of a simple warning before the program, they need to add the tag…kids, dont try this at home….

    downing a bottle of vodka wont just make you puke….it will send you to the hospital….and downing a pint of tequila the next day….will kill you

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5O3JRMVTEBDPSEUDXW3DCGRIGE geoffk

    not enough franky in any of the epis following her own.

    i am very impressed with dakota…and her comedic take on being stoned was brilliant

    i liked the epi because much of the messages were not hammered into the viewers

    i too liked the disjointed manner of the epi….that is what getting stoned is all about…and yes, its also about forgetting totally about your family and friends
    and i agree…matty may very well be the most interesting character since cassie….he is a rebel without a cause.

    im sorry that ratings are way down…i thought brit audiences had patience and i like how the writers are developing our core group….much better than gen 2

    as an aside…instead of a simple warning before the program, they need to add the tag…kids, dont try this at home….

    downing a bottle of vodka wont just make you puke….it will send you to the hospital….and downing a pint of tequila the next day….will kill you

  • ok

    Personallly this ep was the only episode of skins i liked in a long time. i liked the ‘magical’ sense..the sort of dreaminess of the episode, howed another hidden dimension to what came off at face value as a bland character..like with effys char in s1

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Timothy-Wilkes/100000482381560 Timothy Wilkes

    A problem I had to, old skins eps had other characters story lines crossing over. I’m still waiting to see any decent characterisation from Allo that doesn’t involve sex and drugs, they’re going to have to cram it all into one episode with him, instead of bringing it in earlier. I like the one liners from Franky since her first episode and some body and facial acting to. The way she rolled her eyes when Liv was being nasty, emphasised a lot.

    I just want to be your friend, why you being an ass.

    The bit with the tape sounded sad.

    ‘I watched this earlier, I really liked it.’

    What did she like about it, was it because her friends were friendly and being kind. Or was it a sexual reference with two girls rolling round.

    It obvious that Liz’s character has changed quite a bit, she seemed the sweet natured being, now we see her snogging and getting stoned.