Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Weeds


I just want to gush about Weeds a bit.

It gets better and better.

Tonight, the silent scene with Celia looking nude at herself with her re-constructed breasts was as brave and poignant as anything I've seen on TV in a long time. But the show won't sentimentalize. There was no music and the next scene undercut any bathos: Celia and Nancy's kids smoking pot for the first time.

Eventually we find Celia in bed with Matthew Modine as the real estate huckster. Their flirtation has been building for months. But she is paralyzed with fear that she'll be rejected once he discovers her scarred breasts. He says he doesn't care and confesses to popping a Viagra in her driveway. It's a comedy most of the time, but it's making some interesting points about middle age. Cut to Andy who's finally found his avocation in porn, starring as foot fetishistic stud. He makes a speech about porn being a flesh factory, but no one ever takes him seriously.

I like this show, because it strikes the right tone. It's funny/serious in a Coen brothers sort of way. It has heart, but it's not sentimental. It's funny, even slapstick funny, but it's smart and original. It plays with race, sex, age, drugs, but it's serious play.

I hope the drug dealer Marvin comes back. He was hysterical. So is "Celia's dyke" daughter Isabelle.

4 comments:

Doug said...

Mark,

This is one show that I've been meaning to get caught up on. I'm wondering though how far back do I need to go? Do I need to start from the beginning in season one?

Very Mark McCormick said...

No, I don't think you need to go all the back to the beginning, but it couldn't hurt. I'd start watching this season, though, from the beginning. It will be in re-runs soon, if they're not already running the past episodes. MM

Anonymous said...

however, you will not be disappointed at all if you started at the beginning of season 1. Plus, it will give you more background of the various character relationships and how they've evolved into their current states. Just mt personal opinion

Jeff said...

Showtime series rock...Weeds, Dexter and Californication are all worth watching (for different reasons).