Shocking Death of Adam Torres Highlights Degrassi Season 13 Episode, “Honey”
There is no need in going through the formalities. The big news from last night’s episode, “Honey,” was the death of Adam Torres.
As a viewer, I was completely caught off guard. Up until last season’s death of Campbell Saunders (which was a shocker in its own right), there hadn’t been a chracter killed off since J.T. Yorke in season 6. I must give credit to the writers for taking such a gutsy step, since Adam had been a fan favorite since his debut. The death was doubly surprising since Adam, played by Jordan Todosey, had been prominently featured in many of this season’s photo shoots and interviews.
Adam was significant in many ways, with his true calling card as being the first, and so far only, transgender character in series history. Season 10 episode, “My Body is a Cage,” received a Peabody Award for the respectable manner in which it addressed the revelation of his transgender status. While Degrassi has never shied away from highlighting controversial topics, the series had never won such a prestigious honor up until that point.
A part of me felt that there was a slim possibility that there could be a grim outcome. The episode previews did appear somewhat bleak and showed Drew, Adam’s brother, in a very emotional state. However, I never considered it as a real outcome. Apparently, I should come to expect the unexpected.
The handling of his death was well done. Adam was shown in a hospital bed, but never once spoke. The viewer was only informed that he had suffered severe trauma before he went into surgery. The final scene saw his mother and father break the news to Drew. The escalation of emotion from all three, including Mike Dallas (who accompanied Drew to the hospital) was of tremendous quality. It was even more remarkable when you take into consideration it was all conducted through the use of facials with not a single word uttered.
I can honestly say that I’m downright anxious to see how they follow up on next week. Adam’s funeral was the only story publicized, and rightfully so, and it looks like it will be a true celebration of his life rather than the somber atmosphere we’ve come to expect from Degrassi deaths. Many old faces will be returning for the funeral, including Bianca DeSousa and Dave Turner. It will be refreshing to see their roles reprised, even if just for a single episode.
It will be interesting to see the shadow his death will cast over the remainder of this season.
In other developments, Miles officially ended his relationship with Zoe. Maya had worn a hot new dress that Miles took notice of. Zoe then purposely spilled a drink onto her. Miles later returned to the table to inform Maya that he and Zoe were done.
Anyone who reads my Degrassi reviews will know of my disdain for the Alli-Leo relationship. Therefore, it was perfect irony that their final day in Paris would bring about their best stuff yet.
While at lunch with his grandparents, Leo informs Alli that he will register for college in Toronto, thereby ensuring the continuation of their relationship. Alli was overjoyed with the news. The man of her dreams would be moving to Canada and it appeared they would live happily ever after. She couldn’t have been more wrong.
While out enjoying their final day together, Alli receives a text message from Dallas. I couldn’t really make out what the message said, but I can only assume it was an update on Adam’s condition.
Leo flipped out and accused Alli of cheating. He demanded to see her phone and began forcibly yanking her arm. Had it been anyone else, this scene would have come across as ordinary. Leo has been such a reserved and quiet individual and this was a side of him I never expected to see. In the many relationships Alli has been involved in over the last five seasons, she has never been the recipient of any physical abuse. As she told Jenna about the ordeal on the way back home, I couldn’t help but think that we haven’t seen the last of Leo. That could definitely spell some trouble.
All things considered, this is an episode worth going out of your way to see. Adam’s death is a moment that should stand the test of time in Degrassi history. Next week promises to be epic.