6th Mar: There is an option now on your profile page to use "compact" folders. This works pretty well for phone users and others who like less scrolling.
Self-perceptionParticularly through S4, Skins had one dominant theme; that of development and growth. If Series 3 was the story of teens finding their place in a mixed up world, Series 4 was about annihilating it. It was about taking those immature teenage perceptions of themselves, the world and their place in it, and shattering them. Freddie sees himself as a saviour, a protector and rescuer of everyone around him? Sorry, but you can't save Effy from herself. Cook parties to destruction because he doesn't give a fuck? Well, what's going to happen when it starts affecting people he does care about? Katie's dreams of family and high society, destroyed by economic failure, biological chance and social humiliation. Thomas, who has completely adjusted to the realities of teen life in modern Britain - until Sophia's death forces him to seek solace in his roots. Emily, who believes love is perfect and wonderful and all-consuming and all-eternal and her girlfriend is a paragon of humanity - until Naomi cheats. And Effy, whose deletion of the self at the hands of John Foster is entirely literal. So having destroyed those teenage ideas, what next? Change or die. Make the adult decision. Cook accepts the consequences of his actions and hands himself over to prison. JJ finds a real human connection after years of ASD-induced isolation. Naomi, who has spent her entire life as an aloof saracastic bitch in complete terror of how much Love Hurts, is completely reborn into someone who can talk about her feelings. She even says it for us; "I love you so much it's killing me." It's killing who she was, and replacing her with someone capable of having an adult loving relationship. And then there is Freddie. He couldn't save his mother from her demons and he discovers he can't save Effy from hers either; but he refuses to stop trying. He's still attempting to be the saviour, to rescue her if not from herself then from John Foster. And that's why he died. Because those demons will get out and destroy you. Because sometimes there are people you just can't save. And because if you carry teenage perceptions into the adult world, it will shit on you.