I watched the first episode of the new FOX show “Skin” tonight. Yeah, that’s the one that kept showing us those commercials during the baseball playoffs and World Series. That show should have been titled “A Guide On How To Shoot Yourself In The Foot.” Yeah. It was that bad.
Mistake #1: Overhype. People will have had exceedingly high expectations going into the first episode. Takes a helluva show to pull off something that promoted.
Mistake #2: Sloppy Editing. The most distracting and annoying thing possible when watching either tv or a video is when the speech doesn’t match up with lip’s movement. It’s not professional. It says “We don’t care about our show enough to make sure it’s perfect” and if they don’t care, why should we care about it?
Mistake #3: Obvious Plot. Ok, this may not be as bad as the above two points, however, the entire plot was laid out in the commercials. Nothing in the show was remotely surprising. Save yourself the trouble of watching the show and see the 30 second commercial. It doesn’t help that the storyline rips off the most rip-offed story in history, Romeo and Juliet. In the commercial, boy meets girl. Girl’s parents object. Boy’s parents object. Parents already in feud. Boy and girl don’t care and see each other anyway. Yawn.
We’ve got the District Atorney’s son and The Pornographer’s daughter. The DA is trying to take the pornographer down. Of course, the children meet at a party and fall for each other before finding out who each other is.
Somehow this happens in ten minutes, yet the show manages to drag on for another 50 eternit… *cough*… minutes. We’ve got the “shock” of the parents finding out, the DA throwing together a plot with which he can take the pornographer down, “Romeo” and “Juliet” losing their virginity to each other, and the promise from a murderous drug dealer to kill the pornographer. That’s supposedly what will drag us back for another episode. Oh the suspence will be the death of me.
This is really the worst sort of soap opera. Unlike the afternoon fluff the networks show for stay-at-home mothers, this show takes it’s self waaaay too seriously. I would have expected to see this on UPN or after the late night comedians when the only people who have a tv on are lovemakers and perverts.