Monday, February 15, 2021

What I’m Watching: Shameless

Shameless: Season 11, Episode 6 “Do Not Go Gentle into That, Screw It” (B)

Two of this episode’s plotlines didn’t sit all that well with me, and that made the overall experience of the hour less effective than usual. While school shooter drills surely do happen in a similarly overindulgent way in real life, that being featured comically here as I was reading posts earlier yesterday about the third anniversary of the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida felt like it was in poor taste. I thought that Carl was going to end up getting his latest female acquaintance pregnant even after she repeatedly claimed that she does this all the time and never gets pregnant, but then Debs went and made it about sexual assault, something that this show has already treated insensitively with Kev and doesn’t really need to revisit. On a more positive, dramatic note, Frank’s alcoholic dementia, which a lamentable development, is one that the show is handling very well, since there are clear warning signs but his family members hate him way too much to notice that it’s anything different than usual. Presumably they’ll be slightly kinder to him than Terry’s family has been to their patriarch, but I doubt it. I didn’t quite buy Sandy’s big apology, but Debs seems to have, and they’ll likely move forward together as a happy couple. Lip’s idea about selling the Gallagher house is not a bad one, and it would track for a final-season series development, one that might see all these characters heading into new and unexpected phases of their lives just like Fiona.

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