Girls: Season 4

 

Releasing today from HBO on Blu-Ray and DVD is Lena Dunham’s captivating and entertaining series, that follows, Hannah (Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) a group of twenty-somethings that are trying to get their lives not only sorted, but started.

Thanks to HBO, I’ve been with the series since the beginning, and I feel that this is probably the best season to date. All of the girls seem on the verge of becoming, and none of it works out the way they had planned.

The middle part of the season holds two of, I think, the best episodes of the series, Sit-In and Close Up. They both perfectly encapsulate the series, the humor, the pathos, the heartache, the vitality and reality of life and love. In these episodes, Adam Driver shines as Adam Sackler, and from there his and Hannah’s relationship arc plays out not as some would want, but as it needs to. Wonderfully done.

The secondary characters get a chance to shine as well, as Ray (Alex Karpovsky) finds a bit of direction in his rant-filled life, Hannah’s parents, played by Kathy Baker and Peter Scolari get some shocks and surprises of their own. Then there is the scene-stealing Andrew Rannells as Hannah’s friend Elijah.

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The series created by  Dunham and with Judd Apatow serving alongside her, sharing executive producer credit, is at its pinnacle with this season. The writing is sharp, the performances are strong, and as always the stories make brave choices in their directions, as the characters, as often as not, are the very obstacles to their own success, but sometimes, sometimes they learn.

Everyone gets their moment in this season, and as I said, while things may not play out the way you think you want them to, they play out as they have to, and the characters are hurt, grow, hopefully learn, and maybe, just maybe, Hannah can be less dramatic in her own life – as a side note, I loved how the season ended, and the final moments with each of the girls shows the possibilities of new things, and hope for all of them.

It’s a great season, and as always, HBO makes sure that the 2 disc set is filled with commentaries, and glimpses behind the scenes, and, if you’re like me, and simply binge watch the series once a year, there is the very helpful season 3 recap preceding the first episode.

IMDB says the show, which begins its 5th season on the 21st of this month, has at least another season following next year. I think Dunham knows where her characters are all going, and it’ll be interesting, and entertaining to see how the series plays out.

Girls: Season 4 is available today from HBO, and you have a few days to get all caught up before Season 5 gets under way…

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