Spoilers for the start of "Skins" season two coming up just as soon as I dance with a dog...
Now what was that I was saying about the writers not really punishing Tony for all his sins of season one? Um... oops?
While the moment of Tony getting hit by the bus still makes me laugh thinking about it, the start of season two doesn't shy away from the implications of it. Though Tony doesn't have any obvious physical scars, no one would easily bounce back from an injury like that. Seeing Tony laid so low -- struggling to remember faces and names, cringing every time traffic gets too close, barely able to scrawl out his own name -- was such a shocking contrast to the Tony of season one that there wasn't even an opportunity for schadenfreude; I genuinely felt sorry for him.
As for Maxxie, this was a much more interesting showcase than the Russia trip. I'm not much of a dance fan, but Mitch Hewer has some moves; the sequence of Maxxie leaping around the roof of his apartment building was just beautiful to look at, and summed up nicely both the world Maxxie's trying to escape from and the one he's trying to escape to. In some ways, Maxxie seems to have taken up Tony's mantle as the fearless kid who can get away with anything he wants, while not being a bastard about it. The moment where he decided to scrap the morality lesson and just make out with the bully seemed very much the sort of thing Tony would do, and Maxxie in general carried himself with a grace that has as much to do with his confidence as with his dancing skills.
Since it seems the majority of people commenting have already seen the entire series, I'll remind you as usual not to talk about anything from upcoming episodes. I don't care how cleverly you feel you're hiding something; I'm going to delete any comment that so much as alludes to things down the road.
What did everybody else think?