Tuesday's Dead of Summer just proved that it may be more entertaining as a series surrounding teen drama and real-life issues at a summer camp minus all of the supernatural elements. Seeing as that's not going to happen, I will still take the time to praise the most recent episode for showcasing a great human story.
When I wasn't covering my eyes shielding myself from the Deb and Joel make-out session in the woods (please make this story line stop), I was holding my breath that the series wouldn't screw up Drew's transgender story line. Well, fans finally got a glimpse into Drew's past, and I have to say it didn't turn out terrible — save for that ending with Blair and Drew's family, but more on that in a bit.
In addition to learning that Drew was given the name "Andrea" when he was born, it was also revealed that he once attended Camp Stillwater at a young age as Andrea. None of his fellow campers picked up on that, except for Jessie. In her usual fashion, she treated Drew like the horrible character she is. However, in the end, the two ended up bonding and finding comfort with one another over their struggles. Anyone else glad that Jess is finally getting some dimension? It's about time she's given something more to do than being the so-called mean girl.
Like several of the others at Camp Stillwater, Drew didn't have a great home life. His mother refused to accept her son's true identity. She even once told him, "You can't hide what you are." That's exactly what she was telling Drew to do when she kept telling him he was Andrea and not Drew.
Just when it seemed like Drew's mother finally accepted her son for himself, his story ended on a heartbreaking note. After school one day, Drew came home to find an empty home. That's right, his mother abandoned him because she could only accept Drew as Andrea and not the other way around. I was really hoping Drew's story (thus far) would end on a happier note.
Unfortunately, things just got worse for him when he confessed to Blair that he formerly went by Andrea. Sadly, Blair, who first came off as the most accepting character in the series, did a 180 and became an awful one. After Drew's confession, Blair said to him, "I'm sorry, are you crazy?" Talk about a poor choice of words.
What makes the situation even worse is at the beginning of the episode Blair went on and on about how important it is to accept people. Blair even told Drew a story about a past camper who gave him a mixed tape of David Bowie showing him that it's OK to be different. Just who gave him the tape? Drew. Yeah, that makes it all that much worse. In the end, Blair ended up running away from Drew. It was devastating watching Drew's heart break and to see him cry in Jess' arms.
Really, Blair? I understand that the '80s were a different time and not everyone was accepting. Plus, Drew's news may have shocked Blair somewhat. However, seeing as Blair knows what it's like to be an outsider and how he accepts everyone for their true selves, it was disappointing to see his treatment of Drew. Let's just hope Blair can redeem himself.
With that, let's leave on a positive note by praising Dead of Summer for showing viewers how important it is to not only love yourself for who you really are, but to always be kind and accept others. Also, props to Zelda Williams and her portrayal of Drew.
Dead of Summer airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.
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