To start, Maxxie Oliver was my favorite character.
I know, I KNOW. He wasn’t a major character in the plot. He wasn’t even in every episode! But he was still MY favorite. And I’ll spend the rest of this article proving it.
Maxxie Oliver is an interesting character, to say the least. His attitude with the rest of his group is mostly that of someone who is just trying to have a good time with life and not take stuff too seriously. But deep down, Maxxie is very different from that. He’s passionate, loving, and sentimental. He inhabits a deep loyalty to his friends and family; always there when someone needs him.
“Well, Anwar’s decided to become a Muslim.”
In series one, Maxxie is, for the most part, on the sidelines of the story. But I saw this as a slow build up to his character that we would learn more about in the second series. In “Maxxie and Anwar,” the two hit a sort of crossroad in their friendship when Anwar started having difficulties with the fact that Maxxie is gay–something Anwar doesn’t believe in through his faith. This became a difficult time for Maxxie because he and Anwar have been best friends since they were young children.
Maxxie’s actions in this episode were also somewhat questionable. It seemed, to me, that he was going through a life-crisis amidst all of this. I don’t think that Maxxie has quite ‘found himself’ at this point in his life. True, he knows who he is and what he wants to be. But without the unwavering support from his friends and family, he is kind of stuck in a state of unknown. When he goes into Tony’s room, he further realizes that because of his homosexuality, he is different from everyone else. Tony attempts to seduce him in a move to “try something new,” and it really does make Maxxie feel awful. He kind of goes through with it, in a way, and this single events creates a rift in the group. Michelle–who was ‘asleep’ on the bed–saw the whole thing. So, for the next couple episodes, Maxxie really began to feel down on himself.
In the series one finale, Maxxie and Anwar’s relationship is still on rocky terms–with Maxxie refusing to attend Anwar’s birthday party. Though they are best friends, a time comes in any relationship similar to this for both parties to be fully excepting of each other. And, though Anwar never explicitly condemned Maxxie for being gay, his refusal to tell his family and show Maxxie the true friendship he deserves is something that Maxxie needs to fight for now. They aren’t children anymore and the time has come for them both to grow up. And I think they did. Anwar’s main issue was how his family would react. Something we all know to be true. Anwar just didn’t want his family to condemn him. This, I understand. Anwar didn’t want to lose his friend. But the best part of the episode was Anwar’s father taking Maxxie aside and–without explicitly admitting his knowledge of Maxxie’s sexual orientation–letting him know that he is still and always will be welcome in his family. Talk about a weight lifted off Maxxie’s shoulders.
“Fuck the future dude. Come to London, have a laugh.”
The second series saw Maxxie really growing as a character. In “Tony and Maxxie,” we get to learn a lot about Maxxie and his family. You can tell that Maxxie’s father isn’t one hundred percent on board with Maxxie’s life choices (or choice to become a dancer) but what really made me love him was his supportive and defensive nature toward Maxxie. He had a certain future planned for Maxxie (something that I think contributed to his pre-mid-life crisis earlier) but, upon really thinking about Maxxie’s true feelings, he supported his son.
Throughout the rest of the series, Maxxie Oliver begins to really thrive. He is on more open and better terms with Anwar and the rest of the group, he has his future set to continue education and become a dancer, and he gets to move on in his life with his new partner, James. (Oh yea, Anwar came along too)