Monday, January 21, 2013

GIRLS: "I Watch Stuff" S2 / E2 (review)

Girls, HBO, Lena Dunham,
By Caitlyn Thompson
It’s been a day or two since Hannah (Lena Dunham)’s housewarming party and everyone is still bitching. Nothing happens. Things you think the characters will say, they say. George (Billy Morrissette) and Elijah (Andrew Rannells) attempt reconciliation after he admits to sleeping with Marnie (Allison Williams), Marnie whines about being pretty and unemployed, Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) are blissful, and Hannah is still being less than grateful – didn’t we think she had grown slightly during her snooze to the end of the subway in last year’s finale? Guess not yet…

Tonight the show felt self-hating and arrogant at the same time. These characters were set up to grow and so far the plot has remained static and the dialogue stale.

Marnie is pretty and lost, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Thomas-John (Chris O'Dowd) have had no explanation and no scenes with genuine chemistry romantic or otherwise, Shoshanna is still over done, Adam (Adam Driver) is getting psychotic, and Hannah is becoming unlikable but worse, just unbelievable.

We know that all characters have gossiped about Hannah’s obliviousness to her self-absorbed nature. This episode really exemplifies why. We witness her personally attack Sandy (Donald Glover) after receiving negative writing criticism and then watch her holier-than-thou condemnation of Marnie’s job as a skimpily dressed hostess (yeah right Hannah, selling over-priced coffee to hipsters makes you sooo superior?).

Donald Glover guest stars on HBO's GIRLS

Both events show why everyone is timidly dishonest with Hannah – all arguments will result in a yell-fest all about her self-importance. Even the final scene with Adam, who has been pitifully trying to win her back, illustrates just how conniving Hannah really is.

Last season she felt like she was being used and as soon as she wins him over, she calls him to love her, has him do so, and at that moment of vulnerability she stomps on his neck. Now he hobbles around, literally paralyzed, over the complete 180 of Hannah’s emotions. Adam’s reasoning seems to be the most rational this season, but his character has been reduced to a sniveling pathetic mess so his story is being lost and trumped to Hannah’s.

Surprise, surprise.

Dunham is trying to be entertaining, which is just really irritating and somewhat ridiculous to watch. The show might be more tolerable if named, Techniques of a Manipulative Bitch.

Lena Dunham, HBO, Girls, Tiny Furniture

Last year Lena Dunham brought us relatable characters. Girls was quirky and honest. While Hannah was reprehensible, she was lovable. Her ignorance and naiveté about being a/the voice of a generation felt cute and ambitious, while truthfully revealing itself to be rather pompous and no longer poignant this season. She’s being a verbal bully and the show seems to be cowering under it. Where there were promising moments of growth last season, Hannah isn’t witty and fun anymore she’s mean. I can’t see this show going too far with her so unlikable.

I realize it is still only episode two, but everyone is over the top. Instead of maturing into their roles and developing, the characters are becoming caricatures.

Tiny Furniture,

Redeeming factor of the evening – there were puppies. Really cute puppies.

There are only 10 episodes a season. Two down and not a thing has happened. Tick tick tick.

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