Thursday, June 21, 2012
1747 - Girls: season one
No point in burying the lead - I loved it from the get-go. The characters were all real and interesting, fucked up, yet loveable. It's the world of people just trying to figure out who the hell they are and what they hell they're doing - and it's done with such a strong sense of self mockery that you can't help but be absolutely charmed by it. The show has this bizarre backlash to it, that was almost condemning it for being the level of quality that it is, feeling the need to attack it in other ways like saying that the cast was "too white". I know it's the hip thing to do, but any time I see a show where there's the token black friend I almost always roll my eyes. I'm not against ethnic diversity in casting at all. My rule is always - best person for the job. But there's a lot of people in this industry that cast roles and enforce racial diversity where it doesn't perhaps fit. And that's all I'll say on that.
It's hard to describe this series. It's about a group of twenty-something women who are trying to find their place in the world - pretty low concept idea - but the execution is wonderful. Dunham is a tour-de-force on screen, but then when you realize that she penned and directed a good bulk of the series as well, you realize just what a tremendous talent she is. She's not interested in making herself or her cast mates look pretty or likeable. She makes them interesting and that's more than enough. This isn't Entourage where the characters go through hell and then some magic offer comes in that puts the characters back on top - this is the real world where the characters go through hell… and then they are stuck in hell for a little bit and have to fight their own way back out.
I'm trying to avoid spoilers so that you can discover this beautiful show on your own, but one thing I will say that was the absolute stand-out of the season for me was the relationship between Adam and Hannah - the way they shifted perspective and gave you insights into these people and then turned that around on us was absolutely masterful.
The only thing that sucks now is having to wait till season two comes back around. I want to do a spec of this show for my writing portfolio and so now it's just a matter of coming up with the perfect episode concept. Other than that I can't wait to check in on these girls when they return. It'll make my wife happy too (it's her new favourite show - and could be mine as well...).