Friday, July 20, 2012

My Weekend Crush

So the Emmy nominations came out and besides my enormous RAGEY feelings about “Parks & Recreation” being snubbed, again, what the list finally did was make me watch “Girls.” I know, I know. I am so fucking far behind. Here’s the thing. I went through the full gamut of emotions about the show without ever watching the show. It went a little like, “Wait, cool. Wait, not cool. Wait, backlash. Wait, backlash to the backlash. Wait, racist. Wait, feminist. Wait, how am I supposed to feel again?” So by the time I finally sat down to watch the show, I came at it with so many mixed emotions that it practically become white noise. In essence, I was almost like a blank slate again. And, after marathoning half the the whole season, I’ve decided I like it.

OK, hold on. First, I decided I definitely did not like it. That first episode, yeah. Gosh, that was pretty unlikeable. But slowly, but surely, I decided that this show was something exciting. A mess about youth that’s as messy as youth. At times thoughtful and at others terribly self involved, “Girls” managed to capture that terrifying, exhilarating process of trying to figure out who the fuck you are. And all that in a show created by and about young women? Well, that’s quite a thing. Are there problems, certainly. Yes, it needs more diversity. Yes, it needs less entitlement. Yes, it could be a more even. But some of that bumpy, lumpiness is what makes it relatable. Because while I can’t necessarily relate to all the situations that Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna find themselves in, I do enjoy seeing that jumble of missteps and revelations that is navigating your 20s through young women’s eyes.

And do you know what did it for me? It’s almost embarrassing, but at the end of the third episode when Hannah handles the double-whammy of bad news that 1) she has HPV and 2) her ex-boyfriend is gay by, well, dancing it out. Call me a sucker, but girls dancing together for the sheer joyful abandon of just dancing together gets me every time. Happy weekend, all.


9 comments:

Rachelle said...

;)

Anonymous said...

The red dress doesn't hurt!

Kristan Hoffman said...

"A mess about youth that’s as messy as youth."

Precisely!

wendy said...

I just kept hoping 1 of them would realize they were gay! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Overall I don't feel like I can connect or identify with any of the girls from 'Girls', yet I love it. A lot of the arguments against the show I've read are about people who don't see themselves represented on the show. I don't either, yet I absolutely adore it in all its messiness, is that weird?

The fact none of them are perfect, oftentimes unlikeable and some other times hilarious is what makes it so appealing to me. It feels authentic instead of a typical show in which every character fits into a certain stereotype. I like that I can't put each of them in a box. I love that.

Anonymous said...

It's a perfect storm of oddly entertaining characters. I enjoyed the hell out of this show even if its rather limiting in its scope.

Anonymous said...

I know you're not a Grey's, but you should check out the Meredith/Christina dancing (often with a bottle of tequila around)....it's very much like that dance scene - just with more grown-up-ish chicks! Fun!

Burns the Fire said...

Ditto. Nice reveal about the show, and you. In case you're interested.. I like to write about Girls, too.

http://burnsthefire.com/2012/06/22/go-girls/

elvisfinster said...

I've watched half of the first season and the question that kept going through my mind is "how did this get made?" And then I read about the pedigrees of all of the girls who make Girls. I'm not sure if it is fair or right, but it does color how I see it. It has moments of brilliance but, for the most part, it is smutty YA fiction. Its messy and messy feels honest but it lacks a lot. Should she be "the" or "a" voice of her generation. I dunno. It feels a bit purchased.