“And Then What Happened” – Awkward.

Screen Shot 2013-11-05 at 8.46.49 PMWe actually really enjoyed this week’s Awkward., mostly because of the relatively unusual format. Positioning the majority of the episode in flashback, with just the right balance of mystery and filling in of blanks, was a great approach. It kept us interested. The piecemeal unfolding of the story of the aftermath of Jenna’s party kept us on the hook until the very end, which was itself made more poignant by the relative levity of the rest of the episode.

And it was light. Humor was a big part of “And Then What Happened”, playing into it in the flashbacks and the interludes. The individual characters’ storytelling style – which could almost be seen as neat little vignettes of their personalities – brought a good few laughs, making us a little relieved. Perhaps this half of the season will not be so plagued by the problems we discussed last week.

But, as we said, that ending was a stark contrast to the rest of the episode. Allowing ourselves to believe that Jenna and Matty would be okay (even if we didn’t necessarily want them to be), and enjoying the sense of fun that “And Then What Happened” sported, made that ending feel like a slap in the face. It’s definitely not a conclusion we expected, and we were kind of gobsmacked.

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“Indecent Exposure” – Awkward.

Screen Shot 2013-05-08 at 5.55.10 PMAwkward. saw slight improvement this week, but not enough to totally rid us of our fears about the MTV smash. There were a few genuine laugh-out-loud moments, some not-too-serious teen drama, more build up of whatever’s going on between Jenna and Collin, more Sadie and Tamara frenemy bonding… all in all, it gave us a lot of what we looked for and loved in the first and second season. But it’s still not working. We’re beginning to feel as though something has irretrievably changed and that it will never go back to being the show we liked. Maybe we just have to accept that and move on.

Going by that metric, however, this episode was a coup. For all of the above reasons, and for the fact that the story does advance every week (something that we cannot always say about the big hitters on the bigger networks), it deserves merit. We are still enjoying Mr Hart, Jenna and Matty’s developing relationship, and Sadie’s downfall. We were also intrigued by Lissa’s reaction to Tamara and Sadie contacting Ricky’s spirit and her confession to Jake. Is Lissa the one who killed Ricky?

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