Revlew: Clone High, "Spring Broken" & "Sexy-Ed" | Season 1, Episodes 7 & 8
Multiple burgeoning relationships foreground the challenge of balancing the old with the new
“Spring Broke” and “Sexy-Ed” are instructive as to why the revived Clone High is not slotting directly into the same space as the original. The simple fact is that there is a lot more plot happening with the expanded cast, meaning that there is simply less space for any given episode’s conceit to develop in its own right. When you’re serving an ensemble of 8 clones instead of 5, the resulting balance is never going to feel the same.
This is particularly true in “Sexy-Ed.” There’s a runner with the “Seamen” and the weird cultural moment that TikTok gave to sea shanties, and I appreciated how it evolved from semen jokes into a more thorough deconstruction of the failures of sex ed in America. However, that really didn’t do much to dovetail with the episode itself, which was more scattered as it tried to balance Joan and JFK’s breakup, Cleo and Frida’s hookup, Harriet and Confucius’ coupling, and Topher’s white leveraging of Abe. The message of the sea shanties is well-met, but …