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Girls S01E10: She Did

June 20, 2012 Dave Coates 3

Wrapping up one of the more unusual and surprising little shows I’ve seen in a long time, Girls’ season finale, “She Did” performed a really neat trick in wrapping up a lot of loose ends and letting them spool off in promising directions in one fell swoop.

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Girls S01E09: Leave Me Alone

June 13, 2012 Dave Coates 1

The second half of today’s recap features “Leave Me Alone”, which for you English Lit majors out there means the happy occurrence of a piece of writing about the act of writing, specifically one successfully published memoir (the eponymous Leave Me Alone) by Hannah’s nemesis, and one short story by Hannah herself.

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Girls S01E08: Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too

June 12, 2012 Dave Coates 0

After a pretty ignominious (read: meh) start to the run, Girls has improved considerably in the past few weeks, and even more remarkably than that, has sustained that improvement. Specifically, it’s started acting less like a loosely related series of short films and more like a long-form episodic story. Characters experience things and then remember those experiences the following week, or at least do so up until that change starts chafing against their own calcified senses of self.

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Girls S01E06-S01E07: The Return, Welcome to Bushwick a.k.a. The Crackcident

May 30, 2012 Dave Coates 2

This is a double-header post for Lena Dunham’s Girls, the show I keep rooting for to succeed despite its concerted effort to make me meh harder than I’ve ever mehed before. In brief: I like that it’s talking about ugly relationship things that don’t tend to get a lot of air time, I like that it’s generally sex-positive if slightly ambivalent about how it presents its leading men, though even that seems to be evolving over the course of the season.

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Girls S01E05: Hard Being Easy

May 19, 2012 Dave Coates 0

Five weeks into the opening season of Lena Dunham’s ‘a voice of a generation’ show Girls, the hoohah seems to have dissipated and the show can get on with the funny business. The criticisms made of the show could easily be applied (and with more accuracy) to almost any current sitcom, but it seems to have been a victim of its own promotion and the slight hysteria surrounding it in the industry press. Anyway, this episode picks up in the immediate aftermath of Charlie and Ray’s discovery of Hannah’s journal (or notebook) documenting her thoughts on Marnie and Charlie’s relationship.