What a roller coaster ride it has been for "Girls". We all know the history of this show now - breathless anticipation, critics telling us it was the best show of all time, the pilot completely not living up to that, etc.
And then as the show continued, it found itself. I started liking it. Some of that adulation finally started to make sense.
Tonight was the finale. And I have to say, it wasn't too great. I think it was a misfire. So what are the critics saying...
That it was the greatest finale that there has ever been!
I don't get it. Why the unrelenting praise for this show? Sure, it has it's moments. It's solid. But come on! I almost feel it there's some overcompensation going on after the initial hype and the backlash. Now they have to double down on it. Well, it's all just a little much. These guys are making me want to hate the show even as I'm liking it.
One of the critics I linked to above called this season "one of the better first seasons I have ever seen".
Okay, first of all, it was 8 episodes. 8! You want to stack that
up against "Friends" and 22 episodes? I don't think so. That's just an
absurd thing to say. It was an uneven first season. There was greatness,
and there was not so greatness, and that's fine. I like the show a lot,
and I'll watch next season, but settle the fuck down.
Of course, if you criticize it, that means you hate women and nepotism and are totally jealous of Lena Dunham and all that. But I'm sorry, sometimes it simply disappoints. And the finale disappointed. Tonight the characters were acting completely out of character.
The wedding was a crazy leap. It came out of nowhere and was way too convenient. Brian Williams daughter hooking up with Moynihan? Really? I know what they were going for, but didn't they already do that in the last episode? It was the same beat just played out all over again, in an even less believable way.
And I love Adam - Lena Dunham's boyfriend, but his sudden love for her in the finale was a tad ridiculous. Plus, they did the ol' guy pacing in the middle of the street thing, which, if this is the greatest show ever, seems like a thing we've seen a million times.
Again, I like the show! But it's not perfect. And that's okay. So shut up.