Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What I’m Watching: Californication (Series Finale)

Californication: Season 7, Episode 12 “Grace”

Well, I’m not sure exactly what I expected, but I think that this finale did turn out to be relatively satisfying and fitting. It’s always strange to me how those characters who had no role in a show’s first however many seasons and a major role in the last suddenly seem to have an importance in the show’s legacy, though I guess that does partially make sense since series are rarely plotted out in full from the very beginning. What this finale did was effectively wrap up their storylines, dismissing them from their starring roles and giving them suitable sendoffs. Hank setting Rick and Julia up was great, and it’s nice to see the two of them have what at least temporarily appears to be a happy ending. Levon also scored by landing a cute new girlfriend – future unknown – after an epically bad start to their first date. Stu was eating with his Marcy sex doll while Marcy and Charlie downgraded to an apartment, giving them some blissful closure for the moment. And Hank sort of seduced Karen on a plane, returning them to their perpetual state of temporary happiness and enduring love. Its permanence is a mystery, and that’s about all that could be expected from this show. Barely seeing Becca was fine since she hasn’t been a real part of this show this whole season, and I enjoyed seeing Hank, for once, not have sex with anyone and instead just try to be a nice guy. If I ever want to relive the glory days of this show – or get someone else into it – I’d definitely go back to seasons one and three, when this show was actually terrific rather than just decent entertainment.

Series finale: B+
Season grade: B-
Season MVP: Heather Graham as Julia
Series grade: B+
Series MVP: David Duchovny as Hank
Best Season: Season 1/Season 3
Best Episode: TBD

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