Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Weeds 3 Ep 2

WeedsIt may well be that the highpoint of Nancy's career was the brief-lived cartel and great crop she had last year ... before it all fell apart.

Last night's episode - the second of the new season - left no doubt that her current prospects are at least as grim as at the beginning, maybe even worse. Her crop is gone, drowned beyond redemption in her pool, courtesy of Celia. She's no longer in charge of anything, except struggling to pay off U-Turn. Whatever Conrad may feel for her, it's not enough to keep them together - not, of course, romantically, which they never really were, but in business.

I actually think these difficulties for Nancy make Weeds a better show. The humor is irrepressible - just about everything that comes out of Andy, Doug, and Dean is hilarious, not to mention Lupita - and U-Turn and his sidekick Marvin add both humor and realism. (And there's something about Page Kennedy's performance of U-Turn that sometimes reminds me a little of Idris Elba's Stringer Bell from The Wire - which is good).

But I'm missing some of the outright, in-your-face absurdity of the second season, and Nancy's insane marriage to Peter.

Too bad he was killed ... though ... I don't recall seeing him dead, not even shot ... and characters have come back from a lot less than that in television land...

see also Weeds in Perspective

and reviews of other Season 3 episodes: 1 ... 3: Appealing, Important Questions ... 4-5: Prius and Glutius ... 6. Ray of Hope ... 7. Conrad Rules! ... 12: Nancy and Conrad! ... 13. Shane Pays the Price ... 14. Just Nancy Thought Things Couldn't Get Any Worse ... 15. Finale: The Fire and the Clean Slate

The Plot to Save Socrates

"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly

"a Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News

"Sierra Waters is sexy as hell" - curled up with a good book
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