As a fan of the original Skins, an amazing British teen show that is like Gossip Girl but with balls, I was hesitant when it was announced that we would be getting an American adaptation, as most Skin-heads were (we really need a new team name). Part of the charm of the original is it’s realism and realistically teens smoke, drink, cuss, and have loads of sex which involves getting naked. The show felt fresh simply because it portrayed teens authentically.
And then we heard MTV is the behind the remake. Cue collective Groan.
Would it be a straight remake or an adaptation? Looks like we have our answer. The teaser shows us that it looks to be a shot-for-shot remake of the original, especially the pilot. All the classic shots from the first episode are here in the teaser, which doesn’t inspire much hope. The only real difference is that they altered some of the races of the characters (no surprise there.)
But don’t let this dissuade you too much. Few remember that our version of The Office started off with a shot for shot remake of the British originator but then soon diverted off into its own show. Will this happen with Skins or is this just a pale imitator of the original? Only one way to find out. Which is by watching it, just in case that wasn’t obvious enough. You have to watch the show in order to find out what it will be like. We’re clear now, right? Ok, good.