Thursday, August 3, 2023

Heartstopper: Episode 12



12. Challenge
With a busload of students, Mr. Ajayi and Mr. Farouk play the unenviable roles as chaperones for the school’s Paris trip. Nick surprises most of the gang as he speaks French, revealing that his father is French and lives in Paris. He and Charlie decide to be lowkey throughout the trip so as not to provoke any questions. Elle and Tao reconnect given their time alone touring a museum and decide to just be friends again. Isaac asks Charlie how it was like when he first felt things for Nick. Imogen tries to have a jolly good time with Ben but all he ever does is try to use her as a beard to somehow get back at Nick. The tension culminates at the group dinner when Imogen notices how Ben seems to be more interested in Charlie which leads her to berate him in public and eventually break up with him. Ben walks out of the restaurant after calling her a bitch out loud. Nick and Charlie comfort her in the toilet and admit to her, non-verbally, that Ben and Charlie did have a thing in the past.


Mr. Farouk yelling QUIET at Gen Z kids every chance he gets is not just our new spirit animal, he is all of us, basically summed up in one grumpy middle-aged guy. But the surprise of the episode happens to be Nick speaking arguably fluent French. Why? Because his dad is French. We are as surprised as his friends are about the sudden show of linguistic competence. I guess we all just assumed that his dad was dead because there was no mention in S1. And then suddenly he has a brother and a dad. The episode is your typical Eurotrip with Paris as the destination, which is not a bad choice. The backdrop in most scenes and how they are framed are instantly Insta-worthy. I also love that Imogen is becoming more and more of a visible character now and even stealing some scenes. She is actually quite funny and vibrates a different kind of energy that I just look for every chance I get so more exposure for her is welcome! I feel bad for Ben, though. That guy has issues and probably needs help.

“QUIET!” –Mr. Farouk

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