Awkward.’s Season 3 opener was fantastic. It confronted and allayed our fears all in one breath, while simultaneously and ably surprising us not once, but twice. That fear we were feeling was a result of the announcement that the MTV smash comedy was filling out a full season spread this year. We worried about whether the showrunners would be able to give us 20 episodes of the magic we’ve come to expect. Just as Jenna worried that her friends had moved on and forgotten her, we worried that one of our favorite shows would forget how to be funny. That question hasn’t been answered quite yet but, on first impressions, we’re not sure we have anything to worry about at all.
This first episode back was, perhaps, a little lighter on comedy than the show has been in the past, but not so drastically less funny to incite panic. It also retains thatAwkward.ness that makes it so special – yes, on the surface it’s a comedy, but it’s also a show that truly address the teenage condition, drawing attention to issues that confront teens every day. This week, it by no means half-assed it. Not only did we get the surprising (but much teased in promos) teen pregnancy storyline – which, contrary to promos, centered on Jenna, not Sadie, and was a scare, not a full blown baby-drama – but, in a shocking, final-moments reveal, the death of Ricky Schwartz.
We also get a taste of what’s to come from the rest of the extended season. We’re introduced to Continue reading