Review: The Next Step stumbles

The Next Step title card (screenshot via Rogers Anyplace TV)

The Next Step title card (screenshot via Rogers Anyplace TV)

D+

In an interesting take on the “Previously On...” segments of TV shows. The characters do voiceovers of what they did previously as they dance on screen (screenshot via Rogers Anyplace TV)

In an interesting take on the “Previously On…” segments of TV shows, the characters do voiceovers of what they did previously as they dance on screen (screenshot via Rogers Anyplace TV)

If you think teen dramas are bad, wait till you come across a Canadian teen drama, then you’re in for some fun. Take the soppy storylines, dreadful acting and silly drama over spilled milk and multiply that by the CanCon crap factor, then you’re in for a shitfest that will make you want to gouge your eyes out.

Somebody has been practising their shocked/surprised face by watching a lot of reruns of The Hills (screenshot via Rogers Anyplace TV)

Somebody has been practising their “I’m so shocked, surprised and hurt when I caught you kissing someone else” face by watching a lot of reruns of The Hills (screenshot via Rogers Anyplace TV)

Family, for whatever reason, decided to create their own. Apparently their sitcoms (and their Disney Channel imports) weren’t insufferable enough. So enter The Next Step, a series on a dance crew coincidentally named The Next Step. The crew seems to constantly rehearse in efforts to make it to “nationals.” If it’s not that then there’s unnecessary drama and people randomly dating and breaking up. The show seems as if it wants to be a Degrassi or Glee-light at times. It’s just that everything here is sanitized for Family’s younger audience.

The Next Step uses a faux documentary format, perhaps so the writer(s) can easily move along the plot by having the characters just talk to the camera (screenshot via Rogers Anyplace TV)

The Next Step uses a faux documentary format, perhaps so the writer(s) can easily move along the plot by having the characters just talk to the camera (screenshot via Rogers Anyplace TV)

The Next Step suffers in the acting department though, which isn’t that great and almost laughable at times. It’s awkward, clumsy and puts a hamper on the show, making a few scenes difficult to watch. At least most of the cast can dance though.

I found some of The Next Step‘s plot to be rather stupid. I couldn’t understand why someone was trying to sabotage The Next Step’s efforts to go to nationals by planting someone in the group to tear it apart. That’s the type of covert shit you’d expect from an intense international spy operation, not from a random person wanting to take down a silly dance crew. Wait, why do you want to sabotage a dance crew again?

The first step to winning back a girl is shaking on it (screenshot via Rogers Anyplace TV)

The first step to winning back a girl is shaking on it (screenshot via Rogers Anyplace TV)

He should've known this was a bad idea well before he saw that list (screenshot via Rogers Anyplace TV)

He should’ve known this was a bad idea well before he saw that list (screenshot via Rogers Anyplace TV)

Then there’s the guy trying to win back a girl by telling her to write anything she wants on a list and he’ll do it. Jeez, how could that ever go wrong?

My list would include solve the crisis in the Middle East, find a cure for Ebola, swim in a tank of piranhas, survive a Sharknado, withstand the wrath of Solange in an elevator, salvage Robin Thicke’s career, learn the dance from Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” steal Rob Ford’s crack, tell Lena Dunham to shut up for once, create a phone that will save Blackberry, interview Mike Tyson…

Strangely enough, the list the girl came up with gets weirder than all of that. She asks him to read her diary as if it’s his own in front of a group of people, which includes members of The Next Step. So he does, complete with bits on playing with dolls, crying and finding some boy cute.

Come on, I mean it isn't that shocking that he plays with dolls (screenshot via Rogers Anyplace tV)

Come on, I mean it isn’t THAT shocking that he plays with dolls (screenshot via Rogers Anyplace TV)

The idea, while funny, which I don’t think was her intention as she kept saying it proved how much he’d do anything for her, didn’t make any sense. Since the guy name-dropped her sister among other people, wouldn’t the crowd wind up knowing it’s her diary? Then isn’t she just embarrassing herself by having her diary read aloud like that? Oh, and wouldn’t the guy read ahead to figure out, hey, you had a crush on him…God, you’re an idiot.

So what happened after he revealed he read ahead and found out what she thought about him? Nothing, the episode just ends sloppily, completely unfinished a lot like this review. Aggravating, isn’t it? Well, that’s The Next Step for you.

Episode Reviewed: Make a Plan to Love Me
The Next Step airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on Family

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