As “Time Stands Still” co-writer and executive producer Aaron Martin told BuzzFeed News, the episode came at a time when school shootings existed, but weren’t as common as they were. are today. He specifically mentioned the Columbine shooting as one that influenced the writers. The intent of the episode was to describe a teenager’s reasons for bringing a gun to school, as well as condemning how someone like Rick could easily grab the gun from his drawer. father in a moment of anger and frustration.

“It was important for us [and Brendon Yorke, who wrote the two teleplays] that we present Rick as both a perpetrator and a victim,” Yorke explained. “Rick was violent and abused. When pushed to the limit, Rick decided to get revenge in a terrible way.”

He then explained the big themes of “Time Stands Still” and how the episode attempted to examine the underlying issues behind a tragedy like this.

“We wanted to explore why. Why do teenagers do such terrible things? And how. How does a teenager get their hands on a gun and bring it to school? the warning signs? How does no one act on the warning signs? Or choose to close their eyes? How can someone as young and intelligent as Rick sink so deep into his own anger and hatred, whom he decides to kill?”

Given that the two-part episode’s shocking conclusion is one of the most memorable moments of ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’, it’s probably fair to say that Martin and the rest of the team succeeded in their mission. to give food for thought.