…AND SO, with a birth, a rejection and a sexual revelation, Girls season four came to a halt. For a while now, we’ve been wondering how long Lena Dunham’s Comedy-Drama can really carry on for. This series has taken us on some interesting turns and at times some confusing ones, but it finally seems like the show might be spiralling to that finale. The characters are no more likeable than they were last series, however, they might finally be starting to grow up.
When the series kicks off, Hannah is on the verge of moving to Iowa to attend a writer’s workshop, accompanied by the ever hilarious Elijah. Once again, Girls has a tendency to become ‘The Hannah Show’ and season four doesn’t do much to buck the trend. Hannah’s trip to Iowa, her relationship with Adam and her new career choice of teaching are all the central themes of this series, leaving the other characters feeling rather sidelined.
Sure, Marnie and Desi’s musical career and relationship is tracked, but not particularly expanded upon. Shoshanna moves from interview to interview, Ray makes a slight career change and Jessa is…. well to be honest Jessa barely seen. Perhaps the most interesting character aside from Hannah is Adam, whose true colours are really revealed in this season as his up/down relationship with Hannah continues like some sort of epic poem.
The problem with this is that Hannah isn’t a particularly likable character. Her problem is her mannerisms, which should really come across as ‘cute’ or ‘quirky’, but instead come across as irritating. Marnie isn’t much better; she’s a character who needs a figurative slap with her attitude coming across as abrasive in almost every fashion. Give me more Jessa, more Elijah, more Ray, hell, even more Adam.
Elsewhere there are actually some interesting new characters, namely Mimi-Rose Howard (played by Gillian Jacobs) and her ex-boyfriend, Ace (played by Zachary Quinto), whose lives Hannah, Adam and Jessa become entangled. They throw a spanner in the works of our character’s love lives and add a sense of madness to the show; some sort of unhinged sexual and social perspective that even Jessa can’t compete with.
But despite my aversion to some of the characters, there’s something about Lena Dunham’s series that I can’t stop watching. Season four has been interesting and eventful, sometimes unbelievably so. It somehow manages to keep the audience captivated and entertained. Despite this, there are a few moments where it seemed the show was pushing for something unpredictable, the biggest revelation of all being Hannah’s dad coming out as gay. I was a little unsure about what direction the show was trying to take us in with this, especially once you add Hannah’s mum having an affair into the equation. I’ve always viewed the two as more comic relief from the stressful inner-city life Hannah and her friends, so for them to be dropped into this plot-twist was a little disconcerting at first, but seemed to play out alright in the end.
Despite its attraction, it is time for Girls to end. There’s only so far Dunham can take these characters and there’s only so much the audience can take of them. Thankfully, the ending was extremely satisfying; Hannah turned Adam away, Jessa started to grow up and on the whole it feels like the group are moving towards the ultimate conclusion. The shows flash-forward to six months in the future at the end of this season is perhaps a sign that the show is drawing to a close, in which case a full season isn’t even needed; let’s have one or two hour long specials to give us closure on the group and then I’ll be satisfied.