Friday, March 22, 2013

What I’m Watching: Girls

Girls: Season 2, Episode 10 “Together” (B)

Ten half-hour episodes don’t leave much time to tell a story, and this finale felt somewhat rushed and oddly timed in that sense. Seeing Hannah spiral downward to such an appalling level that she was cutting her own hair was not a good thing, and I’m not sure why she had to bottom out like that, even having to give up her advance because she just couldn’t focus on work. While I understand that her problems may be genuine, Hannah was a compelling, flawed character without OCD weighing her down, and I therefore regret its initial introduction. After coming close to crossing the line again with Natalia, Adam sprinted to Hannah’s side with no shirt on in a heavily dramatic scene that was somewhat out of place but also hard not to like. It’s good to know that he cares. He’s not the only one, of course, since the ever unenthusiastic Charlie apparently loves Marnie and is willing to put up with her ultra-serious talk about starting a family together and even dying. Shoshanna’s break-up with Ray wasn’t pretty, particularly on the heels of Ray finally motivating himself to do something productive with his life. And we haven’t even seen Jessa in weeks, and all we got was an angry voicemail from Hannah attesting to the fact that she truly has disappeared. I still enjoyed this season of this show since the writing is so strong and original, but I object to some of the turns the plot took later on. Elijah and Marnie’s moment, Hannah’s Republican adventure, Jessa’s marriage explosion, and Adam’s initial romance with Natalia were all high points, but overall season two wasn’t nearly as satisfying as season one. Let’s hope for great things in season three.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Allison Williams as Marnie

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