Degrassi Recap

Degrassi: Next Class Season Premiere: Who Survived the Big Bus Crash?

Picking up shortly after last season’s potentially fatal cliffhanger, Degrassi: Next Class returned to Netflix on Friday for a third round of socially relevant drama — though a few fan-favorite faces were missing from the school’s hallowed halls.

First things first: No one died in the bus crash (shocker!), although Tristan basically has a foot in both worlds at this point. Miles spent his entire vacation by his boyfriend’s bed side, with only a single hand twitch to give him any hope for a recovery. Even worse, no one at school seems to care about Miles’ pain — Snake went so far as to block him from the students’ online message board — except for Lola, who claims to be experiencing some “grief” of her own.

I put grief in quotation marks because, let’s be real, Lola mourning her relationship with Tiny is in no way similar to Miles watching Tristan slip away from him. And while we’re being real, what did Lola think was going to happen when she posted a #TBT of herself being cute with Tiny? That’s the desperate act of a crazy lady right there, even if it was also kind of messed up for Shay to date Lola’s ex in the first place. (A part of me wants to shake these girls and tell them to look for other guys outside their social circle… but I don’t think my brain can handle any more new characters at this point.)

Anyway, that brings us back to Lola and Miles, who got way too flirty for my liking during after-school detention. And given the major Lola-centric spoiler dropped by Degrassi EP Linda Schuyler earlier this week, I have a feeling it’s only going to get worse as the season progresses.

The other major conflict in the season opener was a clash between the Queer-Straight Alliance and the new wave of Syrian refugee students; members of the QSA were none too pleased that President Zoe handed their meeting room over to the refugees, forcing the LGBTQ students to meet in — pause for irony — a renovated janitor’s closet.

Zoe thought that outing herself would dissolve any further accusations of homophobia, which it did… until Vijay — you know, the troublemaker with the big hats — called her a “self-hating gay” in a video he posted online. Fortunately, the whole ordeal eventually inspired Zoe to write a powerful welcome speech to the new Syrian students about making Degrassi a safe space where everyone is free to be themselves. (And might have even scored a new lady friend in the process!)

Your thoughts on the big premiere? Are you already done binging Season 3? Grade the first episode below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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  1. kn1231 says:

    I’ve watched 3 episodes so far, and I’m kind of disappointed. Maybe I’ve outgrown the show (which is possible since I am 24). With that being said, I will continue to watch the rest of the season to see it through. Also, really wish Maya would have died during the bus crash. I’ve had enough of her drama, and I am not looking forward to suffering through more of it this season.

    • sk01 says:

      Agreed. I feel like Maya is honestly a bit rude and a tad overdramatic sometimes. Other characters are having much worse problems– I mean, she has a family and understanding friends. That said, I watched two episodes and I’m actually really enjoying the season so far– the plot is pretty solid.

    • kn1231 says:

      Ok, I spent the day watching the rest of the episodes (please don’t judge me for this lol). I found the season really picked up as it went, although it wasn’t but my favorite of the three seasons. Loved that we got to see Katie again, even if it was because of Maya drama. I don’t understand why things with Maya always have to be at a 100. I I I really liked the Zoe/Rasha storyline, and the scenes with Lola, Frankie & Shay. I am concerned about Grace, interested to see what’s next for her. Although I like Zoe & Rasha, I wish Zoe & Grace would have been a thing. I’m surprised at the lack of a major cliffhanger though, but perhaps that is the best thing thing for my nerves.

      • kn1231 says:

        *There should only be one “I” in my 4th sentence. I liked the Zoe/Rasha relationship, but I wasn’t THAT excited about it.

  2. Dee says:

    I just finished binge watching. Honestly this season felt kind of empty. I do love the new Syrian students tho. I’m happy they showed Miles going thru a proper range of emotions for someone in a situation like that. The whole Maya storyline…ugh. They really need to find something else to do with her character or write her out altogether. And Esme still irritates me.

  3. Regina koeppel says:

    I have watched degrassi since i was 12. I’m 42…and i still love it. Generations of degrassi is wonderful

    • Rachel says:

      Regina, thanks for giving me courage to admit I still watch Degrassi. I started with the kids of degrassi. I am 37 years old.

  4. bellealec says:

    I can’t believe they actually didn’t kill anyone off…all this time, I was preparing to cry and they tricked us. I will not be watching anymore. What a waste of months completely freaking out.

    • BillyTehGoat says:

      They literally said no fatalities. Your clearly not intelligent enough for the show if you didn’t even get that.

  5. Dawn says:

    I was disappointed. Also think the show needs to quit always pulling back their punches…so agree that Lola and her”grief”are stupid…

  6. arabellacosta says:

    I binged watched season 3. I was disappointed. I missed Tristan desperately. Miles’self-absorption is not attractive. His relationship with Lola and Zig’s with Esme came out of nowhere. I like Maya, but her story didn’t work for me and just felt tacked on. Good to see Katie though. I was beyond bored by the rest it.

    • BillyTehGoat says:

      For what? He was biphobic in Season 1 and was really mean to Zoe in Season 2. What quality trait of him could you miss? The Miles and Lola relationship along with Zig and Esme was built up numerous episodes prior. Only a 2 year (who is blind and deaf) couldn’t catch on. Frankie and Jonah’s plot came out of nowhere. Maya’s plot was probably the best of the Season what are you on about?

  7. Kermit says:

    Also… why were there so many plots revolving around Hunter’s penis?

  8. Aubrey says:

    I quite enjoyed this season and think it’s the best of the 3 we’ve gotten so far.

    I don’t get the backlash pointed towards Maya, she’s been through so much over the years (her ex killing himself, mother has MS, the drama with Zig/Tristan/Zoe, etc.) and this is her tipping point so I think everyone should reserve judgement of her actions (and finish up the season before you write her off completely)

    I am disappointed in the way Shay is being portrayed this season after finally being pushed to the forefront and given a significantly bigger storyline, the writers need to do better and give her an even better storyline than she had using season 2.

  9. Serenity says:

    I binged what the new season last night. Maya. Has always been one of my favorites and I adored her with Zig. Needless to say I was very frustrated last night. I feel that she was abandoned by her so called friends. PLease don’t get me started on the Esme/Zig relationship. Maya is basically having a break down and reaches out to Zig for comfort. Yes, maybe she shouldn’t of kissed him, But he had the nerve to pull the girlfriend card. Where was that consideration for Maya when he slept with Zoe?