Lena Dunham's first season of 'Girls' was a runaway success. How would the second season stack up?
Refresh yourself on the first season if you need to.
Hannah (Dunham) is still struggling to write in the Big Apple. She also is stuck taking care of her crazy ex-boyfriend Adam (Adam Driver) who was injured at the end of the first season. Her relationship with best friend Marnie (Allison Williams) is also tested because of one of their indiscretions. Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) struggles to adjust to being in a relationship with the chronically underachieving Ray (Alex Karpovsky). Jessa (Jemima Kirk) is living the married life, so she is barely in the picture anymore.
Can these four maintain their friendship despite their lives which are rapidly going in different directions?
With the introductions of the characters out of the way after last season, we simply go deeper this time around. They are each going through career transitions/periods of uncertainty while trying to get their romantic lives in order. As certain things become more clear and more murky at the same time for the characters, the same can be said of the series, at this point. It feels as though the series is figuring out the directions it wants to go. This isn't a bad thing, but everyone is stuck in some kind of limbo.
One adjustment this season is that the male characters, while not necessarily being more of a central focus, are more fully-realized characters. Before, they seemed to be (annoying) one-dimensional types, but they are a bit more complete now. We see a little bit about why they are the way they are and they don't only exist to introduce conflict. Especially by the end of the season, we also get a bit more insight into Hannah because a problem from her youth comes back to haunt her and it explains a little bit about her character.
Don't worry, the show still finds time to pepper some comedy on top of this young adult drama.
As with before, these characters are all very self-involved and at times, difficult to like. Their immaturity and impulse natures create a lot of problems which could have been relatively easy to avoid. The point of this is to show that they are young and still finding their way in the world.
Special features include: commentary, a making of featurette, tale reads, interviews with Dunham, musical performances, an interview with the males from the cast, gag reels, deleted scenes and inside the episodes.
'Girls: The Complete Second Season' is a worthy and satisfying continuation of the dynamite first season. The story could go in any number of directions for these characters and it will be fun seeing how things progress for these struggling New Yorkers.
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Not Rated 390 minutes 2013