It’s a swell creative device that unfortunately does little to advance a given story. If only the rest of “Student Bodies” was similarly innovative.
Show has nonetheless been faring well in pulling in the teen crowd since launching in September with its cast of living, breathing stereotypes who should qualify for some form of socially challenged disability.
Consider Saturday’s episode:
Cody is drafted to run for student body president by his wide-eyed, narrow-thinking pal Chris (Ross Hull) so he can quash the candidacy of his filthy-rich, snobby nemesis Victor (Mik Perlus). We likewise have the obligatory Jewish nerd character Stevie (Richard Azimov) — who has designs on higher student office himself — and the equally obligatory blond sex bomb, Morgan (Erin Simms), who isn’t so much a person as a Wonderbra.
The machinations are honestly too vapid to detail. Suffice it to say that anything resembling authentic human behavior is scarce in Eric Weinthal’s serviceably cheery script. Helmer Claude Maher tries vainly to tone down the broad characterizations.
Seen through teenage eyes, “Student Bodies” might prove an entertaining enough diversion with its frequent forays to Toontown. Alan Silberberg’s cartoon bridges show spunk and a quirky energy that deserve a smarter environment in which to thrive.