Wow, I don't think I can watch any more of this.This, being the HBO series "Girls."
I hate the nudity and everything else. And, yes, I am shallow and I don't enjoy [Lena] Dunham's very odd body and the unnecessary reveals. And I HATE those freaking tattoos. That's part of the problem when she dresses up for something like the Globes. The dress was hideous on her and those tats were gross as always. The nudity for no reason? Like when they stopped to hike?... Hannah lies down on the ground and we -- lucky lucky us -- can see up her skirt. Why? It's distracting and unattractive and took me out of the weird scene because I was trying to figure out if she had underwear on or not. And why her ass was hanging out at all.Here's the New Yorker item with the photograph of Hannah in the is-she-wearing-underpants position that needed to be hidden in the TWoP commenter's Facebook feed. The New Yorker writer, Sasha Weiss, describing the relevant scene in episode 2 of the new season, says:
At one point, Adam and Shosh spontaneously decide to take a hike on a trail off the highway. Hannah refuses to join them, declaring that it’s liberating not to do things you hate. In a lovely shot, we see her lying on her side in a bed of leaves listening to “This American Life,” abandoned to the woods and to the churning of her own thoughts. Maybe the question isn’t whether she really knows Adam but whether he can really know her.Or maybe the question is: Who the hell cares? No, that's too harsh. The truth is, the question that came to my mind was: Which episode of "This American Life?" Maybe I'll rewatch, looking for nuances. It's probably better on rewatch. I have some ideas of things to look for on rewatch. But on first watch, it's quite the slog. What's the point? Did anything happen in that episode?
The series began last Sunday with the showing of 2 episodes back to back. We banked them in the DVR and watched football, then sat through the first episode on Monday night and the second episode on Tuesday night. Each night, we washed it down with an old episode of "Duck Dynasty."
Why "Duck Dynasty"? It worked the first time, so we did it the second time. How did it work? It balanced things. Real(ish) people, in the country, who have a way of life that completely makes sense to them and know how to do a bunch of useful things, feel likeable to us and clearly enjoy each other, and continually get into jams in classic — I'm talking "I Love Lucy" — TV-sitcom style.
In "Girls," you have fictional(ish) people, in the city, who are bewildered by the way they are living, can't do anything useful, feel unlikeable to us and endlessly bother each other, and bumble about in low-narrative sequences that feel like an old-fashioned cinema verité — "Grey Gardens"? — documentary.
ADDED: Lena Dunham in Vogue.