Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 2, Episode 6 “Iron City” (B+)

This was a particularly dark and depressing episode, making the case for this show having transformed itself into a drama. Emmy voting has always classified it as such, but I’ve always found it to be more of a comedy. Watching Fiona break down in tears as she was being strip-searched in prison while a quiet Lip tried to cope with the sight of Liam restrained and in intensive care was pretty miserable and difficult to watch. It’s hard also to see the show address themes like Veronica’s own fears about their baby and how something like what happened to Liam could just as easily occur to their child, especially since they were both there while he got into the cocaine. It would have been unbearable to see Fiona in prison for much longer, and Mike showing up after Carl called him to do Fiona one last favor and put up the money for her bail was nice, even if it broke her heart all the more to have him remind her that he didn’t want to see her again. Sheila packing all of her new boyfriend’s nieces and nephews up with to-go lunches was sweet, and an enormous indicator of just how much she needs other people around her. Taking a cab to the reservation is bold, and let’s hope it doesn’t end up causing her too much hurt in the end. Frank’s predicament is pretty bleak, and I suspect that he’ll survive long enough to get himself a slightly more optimistic outlook on life.

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