Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Angst Initiate: Tony Stonem on Skins

As my dear friend says, "Bus go boom. Angst go WHOA!"

Other shows need to take Angst lessons from Skins. I swear, man. It had been a while since I watched the first episode of series two and it's SO good. It's absolutely brilliant what they did with Tony. Consider this your spoiler alert.

Nicholas Hoult as Tony Stonem on Skins Series 2 Nicholas Hoult as Tony Stonem on Skins Series 2
Throughout series one of Skins, Tony is a douche. An EXTREME douche who is super douche-tastic. He's egotistical, uncaring, and sometimes downright cruel. There's very little to redeem him and he's definitely not angsty. He's basically just an evil, manipulative puppet-master. So what do they do at the end of series one? They run him over with a bus.

It's great. It's unexpected and shocking. When we come back for season two, he's a different character all together.

Nicholas Hoult as Tony Stonem on Skins Series 2 Nicholas Hoult as Tony Stonem on Skins Series 2
The only way to make Tony sympathetic is to essentially regress him to a toddler. He's scared of everything, his fine motor control is out the window, he's totally dependent upon others, and he considers himself stupid. He's basically been wiped clean of his horrible personality. It's not a move many shows could or would try to pull off. This is one of many reasons why Skins rules.

Nicholas Hoult as Tony Stonem on Skins Series 2 Nicholas Hoult as Tony Stonem on Skins Series 2
Tony's sucktastic circumstances are also a great conduit for making everyone else seem sweet an fantastic. Maxxie calming him down after he's freaked out by a passing bus. Chris and Jal picking him up to bring him home. Sid, sitting around pining for the old Tony. Effy taking him to the party. Fun times.

Mitch Hewer and Nicholas Holt as Maxxie and Tony on Skins Series 2 Maxxie Oliver hugs comforts Tony Stonem
Mitch Hewer and Nicholas Holt as Maxxie and Tony on Skins Series 2 Maxxie Oliver hugs comforts Tony Stonem
Poor poor Tony. Can't remember stuff, can't write, can't find his way home.

Mitch Hewer shirtless and Nicholas Holt as Maxxie and Tony on Skins Series 2 Maxxie Oliver and Tony Stonem
Nicholas Hoult is going to be playing a zombie this summer in the movie Warm Bodies. His effed up Tony is probably pretty close to that. Without the creepy eyes.

Nicholas Hoult as Zombie R in Warm Bodies
Series one Tony and series two Tony hardly seem related. It's a great progression and series two Tony couldn't be the nuanced guy he is without all that came before. I heart you, Skins. Not quite enough to watch series three... yet.

1 comment:

  1. I love that you post about the first generation of Skins. If you do go on to the next Skins generation you will find a couple of angsty boys, although not as good overall storytelling as the first two seasons I don't think.

    I suppose everyone has 'their' skins generation though.

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