Picks and Pans Review: Dawson's Creek
updated 01/19/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/19/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST
They look like college students, they talk like doctoral candidates (in popular culture), but they're just starting 10th grade. They're the youths of Dawson's Creek, the TV drama from fright-flick screenwriter Kevin Williamson (Scream). The series opens Jan. 20 with a shocking scene in which 15-year-old Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and his 15-year-old female buddy, Joey (Katie Holmes), discuss whether to break their childhood habit of sharing a bed. "I just think our emerging hormones are destined to alter our relationship, and I'm trying to limit the fallout," Joey says. What's shocking is that she adds not a single "like" or "you know."
A novice filmmaker, Dawson is obsessed with the oeuvre of Steven Spielberg. He works in a video store with classmate Pacey (Joshua Jackson), who cites Summer of '42 before starting an affair with his English teacher, Tamara (Leann Hunley). Dawson has eyes for Jen (Michelle Williams), a girl his own age who reveals in a future episode that she lost her virginity at 12. Attractive as well as articulate, all these high schoolers qualify for some sort of advanced placement. They're easy to watch, just a little hard to believe.