In the season two premiere, Lena Dunham assures us those HBO Diversity Day training courses didn’t go to waste.
The collective diversity of a Klan rally, or a Republican fundraiser
When we left the girls at the end of season one, Jessa had just surprised everyone by marrying the lame Thomas John, and her wedding was the cause of reassessment for the rest of the gang. Hannah realized that she was done chasing Adam, and he didn’t take it well. Unless you count getting hit by a truck as well. He actually took that pretty well and only ended up with a busted leg. Marnie realized that she was lonely, so lonely that she was willing to make out with Drunk Uncle. Shoshanna lost her virginity to Ray.
This season opens up to a hairy leg in Hannah’s bed. Is it hers? Lena Dunham certainly doesn’t shy away from nudity but has she taken to not shaving, too? The leg actually belongs to her ex-boyfriend turned boner sporting, gay roommate, Elijah, who probably had the best scene from season one when he told Hannah that she picked gay guys as lovers because her dad was gay and had the pierced ear to prove it. Her response being “he got that earring on a guy’s trip…that he took with all his male friends”. Usually writers are a little more introspective. Hannah is obviously a work in progress, though.
Hannah’s judgment is way off if she doesn’t trust this guy’s gaydar
Nothing proves her status as a work in progress like Hannah’s backslide into living with her gay ex, Elijah. The two keep exclaiming that they love living with each other, but it’s apparent that this is just a convenient way for neither of them to confront their issues and move forward in life. Ah, to be a twenty-something again.
For all the comparisons this show gets to “Sex and the City”- that it’s the Millennial generation’s voice and a less glamorous ode to self-discovery in the big city, I don’t see it. This show is “Seinfeld”, set in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan, without a laugh track. Its core cast is four assholes stuck in arrested development, who have little regard for growing up, maturing or treating the people around them with dignity or respect.
Let’s see if Donald Glover lasts about as long as Blair Underwood
Don’t worry, I can say that. Its how I’ve lived most of my life, too.
Since season one was lambasted for featuring absolutely zero diversity in a show set in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; Lena Dunham assuredly took those HBO Diversity Day training courses to heart, as she is now dating Sandy, played by Donald Glover. Way to disprove stereotypes, Lena Dunham. Black guys never like bigger white girls. Plus, it’s Childish freaking Gambino. He’s the whitest rapper this side of Macklemore. Was Carlton from “the Fresh Prince of Bel Aire” unavailable? Somehow in striving for diversity, you’ve managed to make this show even more stereotypical.