Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What I’m Watching: Weeds (Season Premiere)

Weeds: Season 7, Episode 1 “Bags” (B)

Each season, this show has headed in a truly different direction. It's no surprise, therefore, that this seventh season start takes off in a completely different manner, jumping ahead three years in time. This is a device often used by shows that can be abused, but here it works fine, skipping over what might have been less interesting to presume certain changes on the part of its characters. Nancy making out with her cellmate as she is released from prison might seem strange, but given the way that she has tended to use whatever man is most in power, it makes sense that she would create a relationship with her female cellmate since that would be her best chance of achieving favoritism in prison. It was amusing to see Shane as a puppeteer and Silas as a model in Denmark, with Andy and Doug leading tours in typical sarcastic fashion. From that debut, things are promptly uprooted as Nancy doesn’t even try to stomach a full hour of her new life at the halfway house and instead requests leave, only to pick up a rock and steal someone’s suitcase. Obviously, it might have been boring to see Nancy in a halfway house while her family is away in Denmark, but it’s just the need to shake things up and not obey the rules that sometimes becomes frustrating on this show. You’d think that three years in prison might have affected Nancy slightly, but it seems that’s not the case. Oh well. We’ll have to see where the rest of the season takes us.

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