November 30, 2012 at 9:38 am #265933
“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)November 30, 2012 at 10:22 am #265934
“i’ll be your crack spirit guide” forever my favourite quote. Excited for season 2!December 11, 2012 at 9:00 am #265935
Season 2 poster:
Next month!December 11, 2012 at 9:06 am #265936
Ahhh can’t wait. Bow to Lena, *itches!December 11, 2012 at 9:56 am #265937
The season 1 DVD/Blu Ray is also released today.December 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm #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.December 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm #265939
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”.January 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm #265941
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.January 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm #265942
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.January 6, 2013 at 1:17 pm #265943
Reporter’s very positive review:
Season 2: TV Review
Bottom Line: A brave, entertaining lens on a subculture.
p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 (HBO)
Lena Dunham managed to keep her HBO comedy raw and inspired?
a series as fresh, raw and original as Girls comes along, there’s something
that kicks in after the original blast has faded: worry.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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?”
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.”
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.
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.
January 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm #265944
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.January 6, 2013 at 4:35 pm #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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