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  • eastwest
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    #265931

    The show returns January 13.

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    Terence Alfonso Ang
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    “I’m an individual, and I feel how I feel when I feel it and right now, it’s a Wednesday night baby and I feel alive!” (taps boobs) 

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    AroundU
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    “i’ll be your crack spirit guide” forever my favourite quote. Excited for season 2!

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    Atypical
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    #265935

    Season 2 poster:

    Next month!

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    Max 2.0
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    Ahhh can’t wait. Bow to Lena, *itches!

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    Atypical
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    #265937

    The season 1 DVD/Blu Ray is also released today.

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    #265938

    Okay, I just watched the Pilot of “Girs” for the first time and I effing loved it. I instantly purchased the whole season on iTunes.
    The pilot deserved to win for writing. I just liked all of the characters and she has such a unique voice. 

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    I finished watching the first season (earlier today), and I’ve been watching episodes and scenes ever since. It’s amazing this thing Lena created. Lena, “you are so fucking classy”.

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    Atypical
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    Yeah, better late than never. Lena Dunham’s amazing. She needs to host “SNL” soon.

    Here’s a link to Santigold’s “Girls,” from the “Girls” original soundtrack album.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQIciGoQLvs

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    BamaEd
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    Finally finished watching Season 1. At first I wasn’t completely feeling it, but as the season went on, I finally was starting to get the characters and the tone and started laughing more. Hannah is a beautifully selfish messed up character. Jessa is impetuous. Shoshanna is wonderfully naive yet knowing, and Marnie reminds me of a LOT of girls I’ve worked with in the past. To me, she rings the most true just because I know lots like her. I didn’t find out til last night who her dad is. WOW.

    And then there is Adam. This character has taken the biggest journey during the season. I didn’t know what to make of him at first. I still don’t completely know, but I get a much better idea now. They gave him depth where I didn’t think they could, and it seems authentic. Adam Driver has done a great job with him.

    Now I can’t wait for season 2.

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    One week left! BamaEd, I’m glad you liked it!! I, too, can’t wait. The reviews for S2 are starting to come out, and they are unbelievable.

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    Hollywood
    Reporter’s very positive review:


    “Girls”
    Season 2: TV Review


    1/4/2013


    by
    Tim Goodman


    HBO


    The
    Bottom Line: A brave, entertaining lens on a subculture.


    Premieres


    9
    p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 (HBO)


    Has
    Lena Dunham managed to keep her HBO comedy raw and inspired?


    When
    a series as fresh, raw and original as Girls comes along, there’s something
    that kicks in after the original blast has faded: worry.


    So
    many series that aspire to greatness are like all of those bands in the history
    of music who have exactly one great album in them, and it’s a slow slide to
    mediocrity after that. Happily, there are no such worries for “Girls,” which
    kicks off its second season even more assured of itself, able to deftly work
    strands of hard-earned drama into the free-flowing comedic moments of four
    postcollege girls trying to find their way in life.


    The
    first four episodes of season two are so ambitious and self-aware—charting
    important new swaths of dramatic territory in the lives of the principals—that
    it seems like Lena Dunham had written them while riding the same creative wave
    that spawned the awe-inspiring first season.


    Dunham
    is, as people are now aware, the creator, writer, star, oftentimes director and
    executive producer of “Girls.” The series has a very specific domain that it
    taps into—postcollege, overeducated twentysomethings in New York who are
    desperately trying to find some roadmap to their lives. In the immediate sense,
    that means a career, or at least a job that will pay the rent in pricey New
    York. They are also well into their dating lives, yet without the wisdom of
    someone in their 30s, who will cut short a blind date when it’s clearly a bad
    fit. In your 20s, the milieu is more of going with the flow, learning a tad bit
    slower if someone is poison or a loser or just a complete ass.


    In
    season one, “Girls”—the most original series on the air since FX’s “Louie”—focused
    its 10 episodes primarily on Hannah (Dunham) trying to be a writer while
    working unpaid jobs and dating a clearly disturbed but magnetic boyfriend named
    Adam (the wonderful Adam Driver, whose absence in Emmy discussions is
    criminal). Hannah was living with her best friend, the much more uptight and
    straitlaced Marnie (Allison Williams), and whiffing the fumes of fearless
    self-indulgence from her world-traveling British friend Jessa (Jemima Kirke)
    and Jessa’s cousin, the virginal and compulsively fast-talking and wide-eyed
    Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet).


    It
    was a Polaroid of their attempts at careers, independence, relationships, their
    own troubled friendships and the wonderment of that age—an age that almost
    demands that you make the next move, that you do something, when it’s clear
    that leaving your mark is phenomenally harder than you were led to believe.


    When
    season one ended, Shoshanna had lost her virginity to Ray (Alex Karposvsky),
    who pretty much hated everything Shoshanna was about, except that he glimpsed
    her sweetness, naivety, and quirkiness, and it spun his cynicism into
    recession. Hannah’s self-centeredness—which reaches epic proportions without
    her realizing it—had driven off Marnie, who essentially was floating Hannah
    financially in the wake of Hannah’s parents cutting her off. In the biggest
    shocker of season one, the bored free spirit Jessa had married the rich, odd,
    but not entirely repulsive Thomas-John (Chris O’Dowd, who somehow manages to
    make this freakishly unlikable character actually likable).


    But
    it was Hannah’s cringe-worthy, self-loathing, unconfident relationship with
    Adam that marked the biggest change of season one. The spectacularly demented
    and original Adam learned to love Hannah, pledged it out loud and was ready to
    move in with her. But she had her defenses up and thought he was doing it just
    to be nice, and she chose her now-gay ex-boyfriend Elijah (the superb Andrew
    Rannells) to take Marnie’s spot in the apartment. Adam’s reaction—feeling
    rejected for admitting his love of Hannah and how her lack of self-respect
    couldn’t lead her to accept that he truly loved her, faults and all—culminated
    in a scene in which he disavowed her for not realizing that he wanted to move
    in and he ended up hit by a truck, his leg in a cast that made him immobile.


    Season
    two starts with a pretty big—and unexplained—jump. Hannah is now dating a
    handsome black Republican named Sandy (Donald Glover), Marnie’s life is turned
    upside down, Jessa’s blind love for Thomas-John seems more like a long con than
    real love, and Shoshanna is in tumult with the cynical and crusty Ray.


    Now,
    some people surely will think that Dunham has listened to the legions of
    disgruntled viewers who thought the show was a) too white, b) too entitled, and
    c) too niche and has thus addressed the issues at hand. I’m not sure she has
    (though I’m quite sure she needn’t bother). The move away from Adam makes sense
    because Hannah just doesn’t have the confidence that someone could really
    commit to her. And making the characters struggle more openly isn’t pandering
    so much as it is a natural progression in their lives. Yes, Shoshanna would be
    in a relationship that seemingly made no sense and certainly wasn’t Disney
    princess-inspired. Marnie’s superiority would be tested, and Jessa’s
    motivations for her odd decision would come under scrutiny. It certainly makes
    sense that the characters would suffer more than they did in season one because
    even aging just a little bit opens the door to all kinds of bad decisions you
    weren’t prepared for. It’s how we learn. It’s the life lessons that we need
    when we’re not emotionally prepared to believe growth through life experience
    is important.


    The
    real growth for “Girls” in season two isn’t taking the four young women we met
    and introducing them to a more integrated and less spoiled New York, it’s the
    natural progression of acknowledging that your tribe—the people you associate
    with most closely—has its faults. Season two does a fantastic job of skewering
    hipsters and frauds, many of the things that detractors hated about the show. I
    don’t think Dunham is listening to feedback and responding as much as she is
    realizing that her rarefied niche of characters is ripe for targeting. In one
    scene, Elijah’s older gay lover mocks the hipsters for being too cool to sing
    karaoke at a party. In a long, drunken rant, he has this beautiful aside: “What
    are you looking at, fake lumberjack guy?”


    When
    Sandy calls out Hannah’s knowledge of race and its ramifications, she goes on a
    self-righteous, defensive rant, and Sandy says, “You just said a Missy Elliott
    lyric.” There are attacks on fixie bikes, rich white girls dating black men,
    iPad-using gay DJs, what constitutes a “pretty person’s job,” and the smug
    cynicism of youthful people who haven’t earned the right to it. For example,
    Jessa is painting Thomas-John and says the work is awful because she’s “so
    used to painting things I hate, like my mom and scenery.”


    Dunham
    has a fine-tuned knack for skewering herself and her peers, and season two of “Girls”
    advances brilliantly the life journey, questioning, and doubts of young people
    trying to figure out what they will become. This is a series that always will
    have detractors (sadly, a number of them don’t like the fact that Dunham so fearlessly
    shows her non-Hollywood body in a shocking, intimate, and vulnerable fashion).
    But it doesn’t matter. Those are close-minded people who are missing the
    essential, specific nature of an artist—Dunham—mining her generation for both
    painful truisms and laughs.


    “Girls”
    remains one of television’s greatest shows, one that seeks to document a
    specific time and place with specific types, done with unflinching honesty and
    humor earned from pathos and self-awareness. Here’s to one of television’s bravest,
    most entertaining lenses on a subculture.


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    Tye-Grr
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    I am so glad there are others who love this show. Almost everyone I know loathes it, and Lena Dunham as a result. I love it. I know people like them, some of which among those that hate the show. Perhaps it hits too close to home for them.

    Anyway, I can’t wait for Season 2. This is now one of my favorite shows, and it premieres the same night as my absolute favorite show ‘Shameless’, which is going into it’s 3rd season. I’m so glad to have these shows back, and both very contrasting- one a comedy featuring seemingly spoiled/priveledged 20-somethings trying to make things work, the other a drama about a very poor family lead by a 20-something trying to make things work.

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    A Person
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    #265945

    Season 2 starts out with an 89 on Metacritic.  So, can people tell me that Dunham and the show are going to get dropped again?

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    Denis
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    #265946

    Yes they are.

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