Spoilers for the latest episode of "Skins" coming up just as soon as I get some firewood...
What a bizarre episode. Sort of a college spring break movie on borscht: cold and bleak and silly and strange. Every episode of "Skins" is in some way showing the kids' skewed viewpoint of events, but this one -- which featured Chris finally seducing Angie, Anwar losing his virginity (three times or more!) to the wood-choppin' Russian babe, Maxxie pulling a shotgun on the abusive husband, Tony throwing himself unsuccessfully at Maxxie, etc. -- felt almost like it was every character's (save Sid's) fantasy of what this trip to post-Soviet industrialist Russia would be like.
The Anwar/Maxxie schism anchored the fantasy stuff to a point, and I appreciated Maxxie calling Anwar on his hypocrisy. (He's against homosexuality because his religion says so, but he's not against drinking or drug use or premarital sex, all of which the Koran is also not in favor of.) It did seem odd, though, that they had been close friends for so long without it ever coming up before. Maybe they never shared a room together in the past, but Anwar's had no problem going along to the Big Gay Night Out, or in any other way being best mates with Maxxie, and only now does he voice an objection? Seemed less a result of the living quarters than of this being the first episode of the series to focus on these two.
Still, I had fun even as my eyebrows kept raising. What did everybody else think?