"Girls" Episode 1: It's about time

Yesterday marked the much-anticipated second season premiere of “Girls.”  Last season, I became obsessed with the uncomfortable honesty, shamelessness and overall hilarity that is “Girls.”

The characters in “Girls” feel so real and relatable because its creator and director Lena Dunham lets them really live out their lives on the screen. They are completely unconcerned with the viewer’s happiness. Instead they seem to do whatever they want--they make mistakes, they make us cringe, they make us laugh and sometimes they even get things right.  This is the beauty in Dunham’s characters: they’re human.

The episode starts off with the image of Hannah and Elijah, her gay ex-boyfriend, spooning in her bed.  This was definitely a bit of a shocker. As the episode goes on it becomes clear that their relationship isn’t exactly genuine. They constantly feel the need to express that they “love being roommates.” This startling image seems to set the tone for the episode--desperation for companionship and lack of sincerity are present throughout.

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

As the episode continues, we get an update on the lives of all of the characters. Unfortunately, they aren’t doing too well. Shoshanna is still getting over her deflowering and a messy break-up with Ray. Towards the end of the episode, they end up talking over their emotions and getting back together. This is the only real resolution in the episode.

Hannah is juggling two men. I didn’t see that coming. Things are light and playful with her new boyfriend, Sandy. When they’re in the bookstore discussing their relationship Hannah says, “I’m going to make logical and responsible decisions when it comes to you.” She doesn’t want to rush into things with Sandy and make the same mistakes she did with Adam.

To me, this line seems to embody the whole episode.  All of them are trying to make logical and responsible decisions in their relationships but they all fail (besides Shoshanna--but even this reconciliation seems a bit too good to be true).  Hannah eventually breaks this “rule” at the end of the episode when she ends up at Sandy’s for a late night booty-call. As the episode progresses, it becomes clear that romances and relationships are really too messy for the “responsible” and “logical.”

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Sameet Dhillon/Gavel Media

 

Marnie, who is usually the most together of the bunch, is a complete mess (though she still looks impeccable). She is recently jobless and frustrated, so what does she do? She attempts to sleep with Hannah’s gay roommate and then ends up spooning with her ex, Charlie, for the night.  All of these characters seem to be responding in the most destructive ways possible to their problems. They are all looking for someone but end up choosing the wrong people. Or so it seems.

We get a small glimpse into the married life of  Jessa and Thomas, but not enough to see where their relationship is going.

I thought the last image, of Hannah stripping and getting into Sandy’s bed, was perfect. It was so “Girls.” Dunham is completely unashamed of her body, and I think that is fabulous; it is such a human image. Life is messy. And at the end of the night, none of us want to be alone.

Overall I have mixed feelings about this episode. On the one hand, I love how once again, Dunham is able to capture raw human emotion and relationships. But the story lines feel a bit tired.  I want to see the Hannah and Adam situation resolved--their drama has been going on for so long.

Screenshot by Emily Akin/Gavel Media

Screenshot by Emily Akin/Gavel Media

I’m also starting to hate Marnie more and more.  She’s a horrible friend and is just becoming a miserable person. Does she have any redeeming qualities left? It is hard to bear her alone in scenes without Hannah to balance her out. I’m hoping there will be more of a reconciliation between them because I love their dynamic. Fingers crossed for some lighter episodes ahead!

Tune in next Sunday for episode two!

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