Releasing from HBO today, is the third season of the Lena Dunham created series. Serving as the creator, writing with a number of talented people, including Judd Apatow, directing some of the episodes, and of course starring in it as Hannah, alongside Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet).
For a few brief moments, Hannah seems happy, but before the opening title starts for the third season, things are already spiraling out of control. Hannah and Adam (Adam Driver), seem to be settling into life together, but issues with her e-book and Adam’s developing theatrical ambitions, coupled with Hannah’s need to be the center of everything, will cause a lot of problems.
Marnie is still dealing with her break-up, and trying to get her feet under her, both professionally and romantically. Shoshanna is trying to find a balance between her studying and having a life for herself. And poor Jessa, she’s in rehab, has an odd relationship with guest star Richard E. Grant.
All of them are trying to find their way through their problems, just wanting to have a semblance of happiness. Most of it comes to a head in the mid-season episode The Beach House, possibly my favorite of the season, as things are said, and yet the relationships remain. There are problems with family, death, jobs, and each other, and the viewer is ringside for all of it!
Over 12 half hour episodes, the foursome seem to have problems just muddling through life, not to mention the static and upset they provide one another. And Hannah. Oh, Hannah. She seems so self-destructive, and needs to be the center of attention, all the time, going so far as to jeopardize friendships, her newly acquired job, and her romance with Adam.
The collection comes with a brief season 2 recap, which is good, as I’d forgotten somethings, and there are also a number of commentaries on the episodes, as well as inside peeks for each and every episode.
The series continues to be strongly written, and in its way, addictive, which is a high compliment, as because, Hannah, oftentimes, is really hard to like. You want to, you want her to be happy, but realize that even if she was happy, she’d try to find a way to ruin it, consciously or not.
And, of course, HBO has planned this just right, releasing the series today on the 6th, when the series resumes this Sunday on the 11th.
I admit this series is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, and it’ll be very interesting to see where Dunham and company take the series this season, as all of them seem to be left in a more dire state than when they were at the beginning of it.
So now is the time to catch up before Season 4 starts! Dunham and her writing staff will hopefully continue the storylines that put each of the characters through their dramatic, and sometimes comedic paces, which each of them seem to get in profusion.
Girls: Season 3 is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray!