Characters mature as ‘Girls’ comes to its final season
The show kicks off season 6 with a tryst in the Hamptons.
Feb. 14, 2017
I started watching Girls because I thought it would be like Sex and the City, millennial edition. What I soon realized is that Girls is not nearly as glamorous. It is edgy, real and sometimes annoying, but that is what makes it so relatable. With Sex and the City, girls often find themselves questioning which woman they most embody — Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte or Miranda — just as Shoshanna did in season one of Girls. However, with Girls, viewers see themselves as one with the group, not specifically as Hannah, Shoshanna, Marnie or Jessa.
Last season ended with Jessa and Adam finally confronting the anger and hurt that has been bubbling under the surface of their new relationship: the fact that Jessa betrayed and hurt Hannah, her best friend, and that Hannah was the ex-girlfriend Adam was ready to forget. Hannah wants to start writing again and, with support from her mom and Elijah, participates in The Moth, a story slam that allows storytellers to share real-life experiences that correspond with the chosen theme. Marnie readies to go on tour with Desi, her newly-minted ex-husband, with Ray tagging along as her emotional support.
Season 6 opens with Hannah landing an article in the New York Times’ Modern Love section. The article, titled “Losing my best friend,” shares the story that Hannah debuted at The Moth: Jessa’s betrayal. This article kicks off Hannah’s writing career, and she starts to get noticed from other publishers.
This season, the show continues its experiment of filming in different locations, as it did with Shoshanna in Japan last season. The first episode is filmed in the Hamptons, where Hannah is on assignment to write a piece. The second episode brings us to Poughkeepsie, New York. Lastly, the third episode is shot in one man’s apartment for the entire episode. The directors pay more attention to location and how it corresponds with the plot of each episode, rather than having the location be in the background of each plot.
As always, Girls continues to lace tension-filled, escalating scenes with comedy. At one point in the new season, Hannah keeps a distraught Desi out of the house her, Desi and Marnie occupy for a time in episode two with a frosting spatula. As commonly known, a frosting spatula is ultra-intimidating and life-threatening.
In past seasons, it was frustrating to watch how self-infatuated the characters were, hurting friends due to their own selfishness and judgements of how their friends should be. This season, though, you see the characters mature and begin to empathize with their friends, keeping their own judgments at bay to help them.
Once Girls has completed its airtime, I know I will find myself flipping back to old episodes as I continue to do with Sex and the City. The show, under the creative genius of Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, will surely be missed.
The final season of Girls airs Sunday on HBO.
_MOVE gives season 6 of Girls 5 of 5 stars._