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All made out of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same. [Wednesday, Sep. 17th, 2008|02:16 pm]
The richest girl in town.
I remember watching the very first episode of this show a year and a half ago with ksea and being absolutely astonished. I've put it in my Netflix months ago, gotten the disc, and just managed to not watch it for weeks and weeks even though I'd heard great things about it. I remember how rapt we were, in my dark, warm living room, staring in awe as the suburban housewife Nancy learned how to be a drug dealer.

Sadly, by the time I'd seen the Season 2 finale, I was cheering on gunmen with their sights trained on her. I think it really went downhill. All the strength got wrenched out of its main character as she pursued a man abusive to her and her children. She turned into the weak stereotype the writers had hitherto avoided. I seriously was over it when the second season ended.

But somehow I managed to not take Season 3 off the Netflix queue and replace it with THE BEST SHOW IN THE UNIVERSE The Wire Season 5 like I was supposed to. I watched the first three episodes of Weeds Season 3 a week ago. Since then? They keep sending me mislabeled discs. I apparently can't see the 4th and 5th episode. Ever.

Grrr.

Also, they've retired Malvina Reynold's "Little Boxes" intro from Season 1. They're still having various artists (Ween, Dresden Dolls) cover it, but it's a much shorter version.
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[User Picture]From: lilmissnever
2008-09-17 09:37 pm (UTC)

I missed the second season of Weeds, but I watched the third and (I think), fourth, which just finished this week. The show is wildly uneven, which is a nice way of saying that it's good enough for me to keep watching it, but not quite good enough for me to recommend it to my friends.

On the other hand Dexter is absolutely worth adding to your Netflix queue, as is Mad Men.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-09-19 02:36 am (UTC)
I keep hearing good things about Mad Men, but I've only seen one episode and had no context. Adding them both to the queue--after I'm done with The Wire.
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[User Picture]From: tristan_crane
2008-09-17 09:44 pm (UTC)

Yup...

I also dug the first season or two, but it jumped the shark big time, and the latest season borders on the insulting what with the mexican drug lord stuff..

I'm about to jump into 'The Wire' myself, greencine keeps sending me disks from the middle of season 1, so I think I'll have to just rent 'em from the local video store.
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[User Picture]From: uke
2008-09-17 10:02 pm (UTC)

Re: Yup...

I think the fourth season is almost as good as the first season! The third season almost made me stop watching though.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-09-19 02:37 am (UTC)

Re: Yup...

Really? Hmm. I only have a few more episodes of the third season left, so I'll go ahead and watch them. Maybe the next season will make it worth it.
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[User Picture]From: uke
2008-09-19 03:10 am (UTC)

Re: Yup...

Well my opinion is (given at least one of the other comments here) certainly not universal. But in my opinion, yes, really for sure!
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[User Picture]From: lula_neith
2008-09-17 09:57 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean about her character: they kept throwing stuff in -- even with how she 'parents' and it's like: Wha-- ?! Still has fun moments, but it not exceptional. I just got to where they're leaving Agrestic. Not sure if I'll watch the next couple seasons.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-09-19 02:37 am (UTC)
I'm almost done with The Wire, so this will help extend that goodness.
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[User Picture]From: pantryslut
2008-09-17 10:05 pm (UTC)

Tangentially speaking:

a) I never knew "Little Boxes" was inspired by Daly City. Huh.

b) This reminded me to go check up on the co-writer of the MTA song (Jacqueline Steiner), whom I once attended a writer's workshop with.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-09-19 02:38 am (UTC)
MTA song?
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[User Picture]From: uke
2008-09-19 03:11 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: savia
2008-09-17 10:14 pm (UTC)
buttler is in a writing group with the daughter of the woman who wrote that song. Small world!

Anyway, I loved the first half of the first season of Weeds. Then it turned into a very different show, and started to go downhill for me fast, and Season 2 just tanked completely. I decided not to watch anymore.

Maybe the universe is trying to tell you something about watching the rest of it. heh.

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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-09-19 02:38 am (UTC)
Seems I did have those two episodes on the first disc. What lousy UI design.
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[User Picture]From: liquid_siftings
2008-09-17 11:33 pm (UTC)
Having just watched season 3, I want to make sure you didn't make the mistake I almost made: episodes 4 and 5 are on disk one, but you have to scroll to a second screen to find them.

Season 3 is better than season 2, IMO, but still doesn't match the first season...
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-09-17 11:36 pm (UTC)
ARGH. Crap. I guess I need to reorder the first one, then.
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[User Picture]From: americangod
2008-09-18 02:06 am (UTC)
surfthechannel.com
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-09-19 02:38 am (UTC)
Ooohhh. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: gordonzola
2008-09-18 02:30 am (UTC)
yeah, first season = good. The rest = worse and worse.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-09-19 02:40 am (UTC)
It's disappointing. I wonder what happened--did a different writer take over or something?
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-09-19 02:42 am (UTC)
I LOVE The Wire. It took me a while to get around to watching it, after having been threatened repeatedly by a friend of mine, but wow was he right.

And, yeah, everything I liked about Nancy in the first season is gone. I spend lots of time yelling, "Shut up, Nancy!" while watching it now.
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