Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What I’m Watching: Weeds

Weeds: Season 5, Episode 2 “Machetes Up Top” (B-)

Nothing much happened in this episode. Andy bonds with Nancy’s sister over frustration with Nancy, Silas and Doug can’t grow weed in the forest, Celia becomes an unwanted revolutionary, and Nancy sneaks away from Cesar. The plot description pretty much sums it up. Jennifer Jason Leigh seems like she will make an interesting character, but Andy sleeping with someone (under false pretenses) is hardly earth-shattering territory. Silas and Doug are literally wandering through the woods. Both of them have outgrown their purpose, and it’s especially interesting that Doug is still around since there’s no real reason for him to be, though he does provide some excellent comic relief. Silas has matured too much, and the show would be fine to send him off backpacking somewhere far away from the rest of the series. Shane, on the other hand, is growing up fast, taking videos of Andy and Jill having sex. Celia doesn't really have a purpose either. Everyone is too separate, and nothing ever seems to come together. I just have no idea what the show has planned for all of its characters except one: Nancy. And in her case, her fate is a mystery. Clearly she can’t die, but she does have to figure out a way to get herself out of her current mess. Esteban has grown angry and unkind, and Cesar, while funny, is going to get too pissed off by Nancy some day and just shoot her. It was fun to see Guillermo again, but this show has got to get a handle on when it’s headed or it’s going to slip and fall headfirst from the fresh opportunity its new start last season provided.

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