The Return of Girls to HBO

Posted 9 years ago by myetvmedia

Season Two of HBO’s smash success story, ‘GIRLS’ kicked off last night as it simultaneously swept the comedy section at the Golden Globes. What an exciting way to ring in what has been a long year of watching Season One re-runs and even trying to fill the gap in my life with Dunham’s indie flick, Tiny Furniture, which didn’t even come close. Written, directed and produced by overnight sensation, Lena Dunham, ‘GIRLS’ has become one of HBO’s most successful comedy stories. ‘GIRLS’ draws in its audience’s through its realistic portrayal of post college 20 -something life in which unpaid internships, relationship learning curves, and growing pains are just a part of the daily drill.

Season Two kicks off with Dunham’s character, Hannah in a decidedly better place than when we last saw her sitting alone on the beach eating cake in a sad party dress. We open up on a new roommate/BFF cuddle session shared between Hannah & her gay roommate and ex-boyfriend, Elijah played by Andrew Rannells.  She has a new relationship, with adorableSandy (Donald Glover) who is patient, understanding and the polar opposite of Adam (Adam Driver). Although I was sad to see the Adam/Hannah relationship ending the introduction of Donald Glover made me a little giddy, that, and the return of Lena Dunham’s normal girl boobies.

Hannah’s attempts to be “thoughtful and careful” with her new beau feels capricious in it’s nature. Despite the outward appearance of Hannah’s emotional growth, what fun would it be unless she of course, went back on that and returned to the emotionally driven, less than logical-flawed Hannah we know and love? When Adam tells her “You don’t always have to be nice to the one that you love” my heart strings hurt a little.

Who hasn’t been there? I’m hooked on the Adam/Hannah saga and despite the propitious relationship she may have with Sandy, the guilt ridden and often isolating relationship withAdam is exciting and where Hannah’s heart lays. If you can hold a pee bucket for someone, it must be love.

While Hannah’s main trials and tribulations are highlighted it was also nice to see Marine (Allison Williams) in the spotlight, although I was disappointed in the repetitious nature of her story line. Am I being re-fed the Season 1 Hannah storyline for a reason? Marine has no boyfriend, no job, a strained relationship with her hot mom, played by the excellent Rita Wilson; who is looking like she’s been frozen at the age of 35 despite being 56. Marine also has one of the most awkward moments of the episode when she and Hannah’s gay roommate, Elijah(the same Elijah that Hannah dated) attempt to have sex on the couch. This moment was almost as awkward and degrading as that time that Adam left Hannah ass up on the couch while he ran to get lube in Season 1. I’m sure there’s a correlation between Marine and Hannah and how I’m suppose to feel about each character there, but I felt a little hit over the head with the idea that “Marine and Hannah are SO alike” Because Marine is flawed… just like Hannah… just like every girl out there… Blah, blah, blah. I’m really hoping Dunham does something a little less obvious and a little more astute when playing up the Marine/Hannah parallel. Besides that it was a little sweet to see Marine dethroned from her perfection pedestal when after her Elijah moment she ends up at Charlie’s door, asking to “just be next to someone” in the most realistic and sympathetic Marine moment of the episode.


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