Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What I’m Watching: Shameless (Season Premiere)

Shameless: Season 8, Episode 1 “We Become What We ... Frank!” (B+)

After we got two seasons of this show in the 2016 calendar year, I genuinely had no idea that one of the most entertaining shows on television was returning. I’m pleased to report that, eight seasons in, this show hasn’t lost any steam, and it’s now reached a point where even the kid who used to be a baby is talking with a plotline of his own. Of course this show would feature Liam as the token diversity student of his new school, literally pulled out of school on a regular basis to wave to tour groups. Everyone seems to be set up for much more success now, with Lip and Ian trying – and failing – to move on from relationships that they sabotaged, Carl embracing the military lifestyle wholly, and Debs holding down a good job and learning plenty while she tries to make something of herself. Fiona has graduated to a new level, setting sex standards and renting the apartment for much more than she thought, making a new friend in the process who is definitely going to convince her that being with a woman is a worthwhile idea. Frank making amends without any concept of what was wrong is typical, and I’m sure that will lead to even more ridiculous places. This show handled current events in a great way when Veronica tried to report Svetlana to ICE only to be told that Russians aren’t a priority, something that was reluctantly cast aside when she mentioned the other illicit activities she was running at Putin’s Paradise. I’m not sure what comes next, but Kevin’s lump that was discovered by a peeping cardiologist will definitely complicate matters. I’m excited for what’s sure to be a superb season!

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