Monday, September 22, 2008

Sneak Peek Review of Californication Anew

Showtime's Californication resumes next Sunday with Season 2. I saw the first four episodes - hey, it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it. Here's a no-spoiler preview review with some of the highlights....

The show's a little darker and sparkier this year. Although Hank's with Karen, he's getting into hot waters of various kinds almost from the beginning. Becca's growing up, and hasn't lost a bit of her edge and style. And-

Let me mention, before I forget, that there's definitely some full front nudity. Same delights as first season.

Back to the new stories. I think the best new part of the plot is Lew Ashby - well played by Callum Keith Rennie. He's a rock star, maybe over the hill, and is in effect the musical equivalent of Hank. They don't precisely parallel, but have enough in common that Lew could be Hank if he had chosen guitar over computer keyboard.

Runkle's in worse, and thus darkly funnier, shape than ever. Paula Marshall's back as Sonja - remember Hank and the painting from last season? - and she's going to play a much more important role this year.

As with last season, Hank can't seem to get a break. But his surprising mixture of licentiousness and responsibility - at least, to his family and friends, if not to himself - makes Californication, even if it wasn't easy on the eyes, a show to look forward to....

See also: Californication Season 2 Come to an End Laughing

Reviews of Californication Season One episodes: 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5
... 6 ... 7 ... 8 ... 9 ... 10 ... 11: Pivitol Mia ... Californication Comes ... To a Season's End

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