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  • Atypical
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    The season 4 premiere of HBO’s Emmy-winning “Girls” airs on Sunday, January 11, 2015 @ 9 PM ET.

    The trailer is out now. It’s so good.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB8y4Zp9UNc

    Can’t wait for the new season!

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Great! I still love this series. True the series has had it’s ups and downs, but it’s still a great T.V. show.

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    Dixon Steele
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    Marin Ireland? OMG YES!

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    Atypical
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    “Girls” has been renewed for a fifth season!

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    Atypical
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    Slant’s review:

    TV

    Review


    Girls: Season Four





    by
    Chris Cabin
    ON January 6, 2015

    Fresh starts come often in Girls, though they can appear as
    backsliding, and are, occasionally, simply relapses. Case in point:
    Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) decision to enroll in the University of Iowa’s
    estimable writing program, for which she was accepted at the end of last
    season. That’s exactly where she ends up early on in season four,
    leaving her forever-uncertain romance with Adam (Adam Driver) in a sort
    of open-relationship limbo. And as is so often the case with Girls,
    the change of scenery doesn’t alter or relieve Hannah’s uncertainties
    about adulthood, career, sex, love, and plain old existence. On the
    whole, it’s an anxious condition that Dunham has always seen in her
    generation, but continues to suggest is a distinctly human trait that
    one can either confront or ignore at one’s own peril.

    The sense of regression can be felt in the opening sequence of the
    season premiere, “Iowa,” with Hannah’s parents (Becky Ann Baker and
    Peter Scolari) sending her off to Iowa with a goodbye dinner. Though the
    tone of the conversation is different, the scene is a near duplicate of
    the beginning of the series, where Hannah learned that she was being
    “cut off” from her parents’ funds. Conversely, the subject matter and
    thematic fixations of Dunham’s series have remained the same, to the
    point of verging on repetition, but the timbre of Girls has
    been refined over the last three seasons. What started as a refreshingly
    female-centric yet awkward comedy has grown into a strange and oddly
    mature study of how Hannah and her ilk come to terms with the labor that
    goes into art after years of fantasizing about the façades and
    lifestyles of bohemian artists.

    That’s exactly what Hannah is yet again faced with as she quickly
    begins to alienate herself from her new classmates, a situation that
    climaxes with her dropping a payload of truth bombs at a party, all
    while resisting self-criticism. Even when she apologizes, it’s in a mode
    that prizes her gratifying sense of expression over genuine humility.
    Dunham’s belief that the desire to express one’s self honestly often
    comes at the expense of rampant self-obsession has rarely been as clear
    as it is in the first half of this season, and if this growing wisdom is
    lost in Hannah as the season begins, it certainly dawns on other
    characters. In fact, after getting arrested for a minor infraction with
    Jessa (Jemima Kirke) in “Female Author,” Adam renounces his entire bond
    with Hannah and company, a declaration that surprisingly sticks in more
    ways than one.

    Dunham doesn’t simply see this as a matter of self-knowledge, however,
    as evidenced by the relationship between Ray (Alex Karpovsky) and
    Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet). Soshia admits to a potential employer that
    she’s just using the interview opportunity to practice for a more
    competitive position, only to then have her dream employer take apart
    her skillset at the hinges. It’s Ray’s company that helps her come to
    peace with her brazen disrespect of employment, an ongoing concern in
    the series, just as she gives him practical advice for his vehemence
    over New York traffic patterns. They share an intimate understanding of
    one another, one that didn’t die when they stopped dating, and one of
    the more consistent and admirable qualities of Girls is its
    messy, funny, and heartfelt depiction of relationships as fluid,
    transitioning between stages of camaraderie, love, lust, distrust, and
    hatred without warning.

    Ray and Shosh’s relationship has become one of the show’s more
    unpredictably sweet bonds, but it’s an outlier. Marnie’s (Alison
    Williams) intertwined personal and professional relationship with Desi
    (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), despite his having a girlfriend, is appealing to
    her as much, if not more, for its aesthetics as it is for any amount of
    romantic desire. It’s notable that when the duo meets with a team of
    record execs, it’s the concept of Desi and Marnie as a couple that
    immediately appeals to them. (It’s certainly no mistake that Williams’s
    character shares a name with Hitchcock’s most brutal and brittle tale of
    imposed control.) Late into “Sit-In,” Desi leaves his girlfriend for
    Marnie, but his weepy explanation of the events makes the particulars of
    the breakup, and exactly how he feels about it, shaky at best.
    Nevertheless, Marnie brandishes a wide smile, an unsettling signal that
    her fantasy has become a reality, no matter the cost. It’s a rotten sort
    of triumph, the kind the series so often depicts with potent starkness
    and sans standard-issue morals, like Shosh’s practice interview,
    Hannah’s screed against her classmates, and Jessa’s indignation over
    getting a ticket for public urination. These events help maintain
    created visages, dreamt up and spit-shined versions of the characters in
    Girls, but the series remains as moving and fascinating as it
    is due to its tendency to demolish these images, only to reconstruct
    them without the pretense that the next interpretation will be the
    “real” one.

    Cast: Lena Dunham, Alison Williams,
    Zosie Mamet, Adam Driver, Alex Karpovsky, Jemima Kirke, Becky Ann
    Baker, Peter Scolari, Andrew Rannells, Ebon Moss-Bachrach Airtime: HBO, Sundays @ 9 p.m.

    http://www.slantmagazine.com/tv/review/girls-season-four

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    mikeboy898
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    Looking forward to S. 4!

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    Atypical
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    Episode Title: “Iowa”

    Synopsis: Hannah
    and Adam discuss a plan for their relationship; Marnie and Desi perform
    as part of a jazz brunch; Shoshanna signs for her diploma with her
    parents; Jessa is confronted by Beedie’s daughter.

    Discuss.

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    Atypical
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    Nice start to the season. The callback to the pilot with the dinner scene (at the same restaurant!) with Hannah’s parents was great. I’m curious to see how Hannah’s Iowa Writers Workshop stint will go. I don’t know what that does to the series having Hannah away from the rest of the gang like this, and it’ll be sad if/when Hannah fails yet again with this and has to go back home dejected and aimless. It’ll be interesting to see how Lena Dunham writes this as a season-long arc. I already know from the reviews and previews that things won’t go smoothly for her in the Midwest (mostly her own fault and doing). Marnie’s arc with the singing partner guy/lover didn’t hold my interest much, and this goes a long way at seeing where the writing with this character is doing a great disservice to Allison Williams in general. Shoshonna graduating college so quietly was odd considering how much of a focus/obssession school has been for her over the years. I hoped to see more than one scene with Shoshonna and Ray, but I guess that’s happening later. Jessa dealing with her boss’s daughter was good. Yay Natasha Lyonne on that career resurgence! Great night of guest stars as well. Anthony Edwards, Ana Gasteyer, Becky Ann Baker, Peter Scolari, Rita Wilson, Natasha Lyonne, Natalie Morales, Andrew Rannells, Danny Strong, etc. The show continues to attract great talent both on-camera and off-camera (Judd Apatow co-wrote the premiere with Lena Dunham). The standout of the episode however was Adam Driver. He’s the best he’s ever been here, and I can’t wait to see how Adam reacts to his anchor Hannah not being around anymore. This is a better tape than both of his prior Emmy submissions. Even though this isn’t an Adam-centered showcase, it’s in the early running.

    Grade for “Iowa”: B

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    Milo Kunis
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    I have been a fan of this show since the pilot episode. Even when the stories took a turn for the worse, I stuck by this one. I enjoyed the season premiere, and will continue to watch as the season unfolds. I loved Marnie coming over at 6am with coffee to see her friend off.  

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    Webly
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    I caught up on this show during the summer and I saw the premiere last night. I enjoyed the premiere. It seemed to be a little funnier  than usual. However, I didn’t really like Marnie’s storyline. Every season her arc is about a guy. Marnie hasn’t had a lot to do outside of dealing with guys. I’m really sick of it. I hope that she’ll finally get some interesting material by the end of the season. But, I did like the premiere overall. I’d give it a solid B.

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    KyleBailey
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    That was a good opening episode. Very excited to see more of Andrew Rannells and Ana Gasteyer 

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    CanadianFan
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    It was a good episode even if it lacked a ton of laughs. Marnie singing might be the most uncomfortable (in a good way) storyline the show has ever done. I’m eager to see how the show does with Hannah in Iowa…

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    EmmyLoser
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    I watched this episode thinking it would annoy me and I’d just drop the show for a while, but it was good.  Marnie’s my favorite character, and I don’t know how much of her singing I can take, not because she doesn’t have a lovely voice, but because it’s always so uncomfortable.  All of the stuff with Hannah’s sendoff was good, and it looks like Andrew Rannells is a regular now, which is great.  I also really enjoyed Jessa’s scenes with Beedie and her daughter and her whole attitude with Hannah.  Shoshanna saying that she never really liked Marnie is funny because it seems like none of these girls like each other at all.  Maybe Marnie and Hannah at times, and there’s definitely a level of obligation there, but it was nice to see Marnie show up early for Hannah’s sendoff because it was one of the few genuine moments of friendship they’ve had in a long time.  

     

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    mikeboy898
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    A solid B+ episode. Good start to the season!

    You know Hannah’s stint in Iowa will not be a long-term thing but I’m excited for a change of scenery. Being a NYC resident myself, I can attest to the fact that it gets old sometimes, and I don’t blame Hannah for wanting to leave and pursue something else, albeit temporarily.

    I’m most curious to see how the Hannah-Adam storyline plays out. The premiere was definitely not promising for their relationship. Andrew Rannells is everything! I need more of him ASAP. Marnie – sigh. I keep thinking there’s potential there, but then, no. I love Allison Williams but her character is so horribly written. I’m starting to think that’s on purpose though. I don’t really understand Jessa’s fascination with this old lady. But great to see Natasha Lyonne! I really miss OITNB.

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    Atypical
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    Episode TItle: “Triggering”

    Synopsis: Hannah discovers she can get more for her money in Iowa; during a video
    chat, Hannah prods Marnie for information about Adam; Hannah warns her
    fellow workshop writers that her piece might trigger some intense
    emotions.

    Discuss.

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