Degrassi Next Class Recap

Degrassi: Next Class Returns: Grade the Racially Charged Season Premiere

Degrassi: Next Class‘ Frankie Hollingsworth may be a lot of things — including a reluctant participant in a child pornography ring — but is she racist?

She is if you ask the ladies of Northern Tech, whose predominately African-American volleyball team didn’t take too kindly to Frankie and Co.’s prank on the Season 2 premiere, a giant poster depicting members of the Northern Tech team as zoo animals.

I’m also concerned about how this will affect Frankie’s friendship with Shay, who was against retaliating in the first place. (The Northern Tech girls technically struck first, stealing the Degrassi players’ clothes during practice and forcing them to run out during a fire alarm in their towels — or in Frankie’s case, nothing at all.)

It’s pretty clear that Frankie went too far, but with a last name like Hollingsworth, there’s also a good chance that — yet again — she won’t have to answer for her crime. Looks like we’ve all got some binging to do this weekend.

Elsewhere in the halls of Degrassi Community School…

* Miles was all set to leave for boarding school, until an incident with Hunter — he crashed Miles’ car on purpose because he claims he can’t be left alone — caused him to re-evaluate a few things. Not only did he tell his mom that Hunter brought a gun to school, but he also reconnected with Tristan. (It was nice to see them holding hands in the hallway, but I can’t imagine these two will last the season without another dramatic breakup.)

* Speaking of reunions doomed to go down in flames, Maya decided to give Zig another chance after she realized that he’s her musical muse. (And can we talk about how Degrassi casually re-introduced Peter Stone into the fold? I guess it’s nice to see that not every alum is still working at the Dot.)

Your thoughts on Degrassi: Next Class‘ season premiere? Grade the episode below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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  1. Sara says:

    I don’t know, while the poster thing is awful, I think forcing a girl to run out naked during a false fire alarm is actually the crime.

    • Yvonne says:

      Although the pulling of the fire alarm and stealing the clothes were definitely extreme , so was the drawings. The act of pulling the fire alarm also wasn’t a racist attack. You don’t draw black people into monkeys . It’s that simple.

    • Coral says:

      I agree, it’s sexual harassment and I’m sure if it had been a male team that did that the whole school, especially the feminist club, would be baying for blood lol

  2. Lucifer says:

    Depicting people as zoo animals is worse than forcing underage girls to run outside naked and half naked? Wow, I feel like I’m reading The Onion or something.

    • Yvonne says:

      People ? You’re talking about black people . They explained why it was such a problem during the show . Obviously you weren’t watching the show .

  3. Felicia says:

    I did like it but episode 5 was aaaaamazing, did love it!!!!

  4. Christopher says:

    Keep more coming.

  5. MilesMiles says:

    The premiere to me was okay but then later episodes started to drill into the whole ‘white privledge’ and ‘systematic oppression’ tangent and I just really think at this point it was getting way too biased for me. I really hated how the Northern team was acting because at first, the drawing was a horrible mistake on Frankie’s part, especially when they showed how it looked. But then it started to delving into a much bigger problem and I thought the dialogue and whole set up for this plot was seriously lacking in terms of writing. I’m a little weary about this season because I know this is a hot topic right now and I hope they don’t start to have some kind of agenda going on that carries a bias. I hope the season will get better with that storyline

  6. bill says:

    So …
    I get that addressing the latest black label of racism via keywords: micro-aggression, entitlement, privilege, BLM, etc makes for a great story line but why zero repercussion for
    1) entering a school where not enrolled
    2) grand theft of clothes
    3) pulling a fire alarm

    are we saying that being poor and minority means never accepting responsibility for your actions?
    are we saying that either sort of pranking is managed without adult intervention?

    i applaud the desire to raise the issue but a more realistic example would help us all learn.

  7. Trish says:

    While I found the picture very offensive and obviously not right I am finding it very difficult to feel bad for the girls on the Northern Tech team simply because there is no doubt in my mind that the “prank” they organised was sexual harassment. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Their crimes are being completely overlooked due to the racism which took place in response. The only way I would be happy with the outcome would be if Frankie and whoever was responsible for the prank in the other team were forced to face consequences. Neither issue is minor and should be taken equally seriously. In this situation everyone is wrong and they should be ashamed of themselves and stop acting so self righteous. It is ridiculous that the entire first season was focused on sexism and now the writers can’t see this obvious problem being overlooked in their script. I am hoping in later episodes this is addressed