HBO's show GIRLS deals with interesting issues in its final season
Girls is back with a new season and most fans are probably up to speed with the lives of New York City's finest hot messes. This is the final season of HBO's show and creator Lena Dunham has some quirky, even enlightened stories for us.
"I think we can all agree that the final scene of Girls isn't going to be Hannah, Shosh, Jessa and Marnie sitting cross-legged in a circle, holding hands with a candle in the middle as Hannah announces, "Well, we used to be girls, but now ... we're women" as it fades to black. There are no secrets to be revealed, no answers to be given and no expectations that any of our heroines are guaranteed a stable resting point at the end of this sixth and concluding season.
With no obvious destinations to steer toward, the first three episodes of the last Girls season find Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner working without a trace of complacency and with creative boundaries they obviously want to push. While the season-opening episodes contain periodic hints at the show's mortality, there are still axes to grind and think pieces to be spawned here." (The Hollywood Reporter)
"But as season six reminds us at just about every turn, this is the final season of Girls. Hannah’s story, and those of everyone around her, is building toward a real end, or at least the ending of one stage of life and the beginning of the next (i.e., their 30s). Accordingly, the first three episodes — each written by Dunham — make a point of trying to answer some of the questions that’ve surrounded Girls since the very beginning, like “What does Hannah actually want?” and “Why are these people still friends, anyway?”" (VOX)
See trailer below:
Not everyone is as excited about season six however.
"It’s unusual, deep into a TV show’s run, for it to reinvent itself in a way that not only feels new, but wins over viewers who were ready to leave it behind. That’s what happened with Girls' fifth season, which featured a number of gorgeously directed episodes (like the immersive “Japan”) and moving single-character moments (like Marnie reconnecting with Charlie for a day spent exploring the city). For a show I have often disliked but keep returning to, it felt like a reward for sticking with it. The girls felt like they were growing up — just a little bit — and the show’s aesthetic had matured alongside that notion. Season 6, the show’s last, feels more like a regression both in story and style." (Collider)
"The first three episodes of season six, all written by Dunham, suggest that Girls will go out as it came in: lancing its characters’ pretensions and delusions while demanding that we care about them as people, and working in a storytelling mode that’s lightly serialized with stand-alone plotlines and structural stunts mixed in. Episode one focuses mainly on Hannah as she parlays her first splashy newspaper piece into a contract freelancing gig writing vaguely Vice-like “And then I went here and did this” pieces for a hipster-baiting lifestyle publication. The show’s other major characters get reintroduced reacting to Hannah’s success — some approvingly, others with surprise, admiration, discomfort, or resentment." (Vulture)
It's most recent episode, American Bitch, left a lot of people wondering about Hannah's guest character, a famous writer who uses his power in order to attract girls to bed.
Lena Dunham: It was written in sort of a fever dream of rage and hopeful confusion. I started out thinking, “Oh, I want to explore what this looks like in the entertainment industry,” but then I realized it doesn’t really look different in the entertainment industry than it does if your boss at McDonald’s is yielding his power over you in a confusing way. The way men who have amassed a certain kind of capital think that it’s a fair trade for someone else’s sexual favors is just a really dark and complicated part of being female, especially because oftentimes you don’t understand that you feel victimized until after it’s already happened. We’re having so many conversations about rape culture and assault and they’re really, really important conversations, but a lot of women walk around with a lot of shame about things that don’t look like rape in the traditional way. I’ve thought about this a lot. I have way less shame about my actual sexual assault than I do about some ambiguous encounters I had with some people in which I wasn’t able to properly express myself or create distance. When you’re raped, you’re raped. You get to go, “That happened to me. It was beyond my control.” But when you allow boundaries to be blurred without even knowing that it’s happening, it’s a different kind of pain and shame that eats away at you for a long time. We just wanted to look at it from all sides. (via Vulture)
And this is what you can expect from episode four:
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