Sunday, April 23, 2017

What I’m Watching: Girls (Series Finale)

Girls: Season 6, Episode 10 “Latching”

I’m not sure what I expected here, what could possibly serve to close out a very distinct and unique series on television in a way that appropriately summed up the six seasons we’ve experienced. I wouldn’t have voted to include only two of the four “girls” and just one other character, but I guess Hannah moving out of the city and leaving New York behind meant leaving everything behind. Everything, that is, except for Marnie and her mother. Now, I’m not a parent, so I can’t claim to know what people have experienced, but I do think that there were some parts of this episode that were equally predictable and hard to take seriously. Hannah has never been mature, and she was ready to completely throw in the towel when Marnie, someone who has plenty of issues but loves rules and reading things closely and therefore might make a very good mother, was clearly better at parenting than she was. Somehow, a walk down the street where a teenage girl showed her just how insignificant her problems were was able to turn everything around for her, and we’re left with the closing image of Hannah finally smiling because she got Grover to latch. I’m not sure that one small albeit significant victory is the best way for this show to close itself out, and this episode contained only one really funny moment, which was Loreen walking in on Marnie having role play phone sex, which she then briefly tried to deny having. This show had its moments, and I look forward to reflecting back on some of its more positive and satisfying times than this occasionally decent but relatively unfulfilling final season.

Series finale: B-
Series grade: B+
Season MVP: Andrew Rannells as Elijah
Season grade: B
Series MVP: Allison Williams as Marnie
Best Season: Season 1 and 6
Best Episode: “She Did