Cory (@CoryWrote) is back to follow up on his coverage of HBO’s Girls. Read on for his insights into episodes 6 and 7…
There’s something oddly addicting about Girls. As the episodes roll on, the show has become more and more puzzling to me, puzzlement that mostly stems from its lack of plot development, strange punch lines, yet incredible moments of authenticity.
Since my last post (at the end of episode 5), we’ve seen two more episodes: “The Return” and “Welcome to Bushwick aka The Crackcident”. I quite enjoyed “The Return”, but found what I’ll refer to simply as “The Bushwick Episode” to be absolutely maddening.
Trying to figure out what exactly it is about this show that keeps me not only coming back, but looking forward to it every Sunday night has been eating at me over the last 7 weeks. I find the character development of all but Hannah (and Adam, sort of) to be completely half-assed. Many of the punch lines of the series to me have been extremely callow and juvenile (for example, in the second episode “Vagina Panic”, half of the jokes were about Aids. The humor was supposed to be derived from the complete lack of awareness of STD’s and sexual health of the characters). Yet I get excited to watch this show every week, and it’s not just so that I can continue to make gripes about it.