Girls Season Finale Open Thread

Kelly Conaboy | June 18, 2012 - 11:00 am

It’s hard to believe that it’s been about two and a half months since the premiere of Girls. What was the world even like two and a half months ago? Before the announcement of Apple’s MacBook with retina display? Before Chris Brown and Drake got into a bar fight? Before Prometheus?! The only constant I can recognize is that everyone was talking about Girls then, and everyone continued to talk about Girls for the whole 2.5 months, and everyone is still talking about Girls now. “How racist was this week’s episode on a scale of Friends to Bunheads?” “We’ve established that Lena Dunham is brave, but HOW BRAVE?” “The Way We Adam Now,” etc. Having come this far, what do you guys think of it now? Has your opinion changed at all over the ten-week course of observing the fairly static lives of real enough people who you would never want to hang out with in real life, which sounds harsh and is not my complete opinion, but is at least a real PART of my opinion? I’m not sure that I would say the series has grown on me — though I do think the finale was particularly good, which we can talk about in a minute. The series had some wonderful points, like the story arc focused on the strained relationship between selfish Marnie and more selfish Hannah, and the newly-revealed elements to Adam’s personality, but it’s hard for me to watch any series that seems to be without payoff. (Something that keeps me from really enjoying Mad Men, as well.) While Girls is labeled as a comedy, it hardly has enough LOL moments to keep you interested without being invested in the characters, and the characters — specifically Hannah — are hard to become invested in, because they are accurately portrayed as 23ish. Coming from someone who is 23ish, having friends and having an OWN SELF constantly making the same boring mistakes and being generally insufferable if you don’t already love them is enough at this point. (And I’m not sure why it would be entertaining to watch if you are older than 23ish?) (“Ugh, I USED TO BE AWFUL.”) Though it is realistic to watch a bunch of 23ish boys and girls wandering around Brooklyn, trying to figure it out while having no idea at all how they should even attempt to figure it out, it does not make — FOR ME, at least — a compelling narrative. People don’t change, sure, and generally lives are kind of boring and things don’t really happen in them, F’REAL, but it’s hard to stay interested in that specific kind of Real Life As Fiction, especially when you have to deal with Hannah every week. The series seemed kind of one-note, is what I’m saying. Though Shoshanna had funny moments and Jessa turned out to be a delight, it mostly seemed one-note and I never really bought into it completely. Oh, but, so, let’s talk about the finale!

Hey, that was good! It’s hard to complain about how the plot never went anywhere and then also complain a little bit about how when the plot did finally go somewhere it was to a RIDICULOUS WEDDING, but it’s not impossible, so: That was kind of a leap! I honestly don’t want to complain about it too much, though, because it was all very enjoyable. But. It seemed kind of like that’s just the post-it-note that the dart landed on on the idea wall. But, let’s not. Jessa — although her marriage to Chris O’Dowd seemed just so over-the-top — to complain about it a bit more again — they couldn’t have supplied her with a less vile but still equally mistake-y guy to impulsively marry because some woman told her that she needed to grow up? — whatever, anyway — played the idea of wanting to seem strong and impulsive, as she generally wants to seem, while having a fairly strong undercurrent of doubt very well. That character has really become the most interesting and most likeable of the series, and oddly the most realistic. (Which was a little thrown away with this wedding idea, that seemed to stick more to the “crazy Jessa” idea from earlier in the season than the “realistic Jessa” from later.)

Adam’s rant at Hannah was perfect, and something that felt good to hear after an entire season of having to DEAL WITH IT. Except for how she is definitely not a good friend. He could’ve maybe left hat part out. “You are pretty and you are a good writer and you AREN’T a good friend but you probably could be if you weren’t so focused on yourself all the time.” I loved the Coney Island ending. I loved when Adam said, “You look very beautiful.” I loved when Shoshanna said, “We’ll just find a place to put this forever,” about Marnie’s luggage. Marnie and her ex-boyfriend’s relationship is annoying and I don’t like watching it (partly because I think her ex-boyfriend’s character is just kind of whatever the episode needs him to be, rather than a clearly defined, mostly annoying character like the rest of them), but I DID like when Ray approached Shoshanna and told her he was interested in her because of how fucking weird she is. That seemed right. Really, it was a very good, promising season finale to a season that I could never get attached to. But it did prove (or even just solidify the idea) that the characters Lena Dunham has created, aside from the character Lena Dunham herself plays, could be interesting to watch, and do seem open to growth. So. We’ll see. We’ll see in season two. Right? What about you? Loved it the whole time? Hated it the whole time? Loved/Hated it? What?