Girls is an HBO series created by the controversial Lena Dunham. She also stars in the show as Hannah, the mentally ill, overweight spaz bucket that some have grown to love. The show follows her and her three friends: Marnie, Jessa, and Soshanna. There are other players in this game of egos and bad decisions, Ray and Adam for instance, but if you are reading this, I hope you have watched the show, so there is no need for me to explain the buildup to the series finale.
The entire series does its best to showcase Hannah as a crazy, selfish girl who feels entitled to things in her life. She has been, from the beginning of the show, self absorbed and uncaring of how her actions effect others. Her friendships are this crazy rollercoaster ride, because let’s face it, they are all just as terrible as she is. We attract what we put out, as they say. So when they decided to give Hannah her final moment in the series and they chose to portray her as FINALLY okay because her baby latched to her nipple, I lost it. Was that real? Did she just do a complete 180 all of a sudden because she had one conversation with a random girl on the street and her baby latched on to her? This had to be a joke.
Roll credits….nope. Not a joke. This episode showed every terrible thing we had seen in Hannah intensified due to her facing things she didn’t feel like dealing with, then showed her go from raging lunatic walking down the street barefoot and pants less to a calm, cured human. In two minutes. Other people say that they think she hasn’t been “cured”, but maybe has found some type of center. Honestly, I don’t really care. This ending felt fake, it felt cliché as hell, and it made me feel like I had wasted my time even more than I already had.
Just to be clear, I wanted Hannah to find peace. I come from a family that deals with mental illness and weight issues, and she kind of reminded me of people that I had grown up with. I wasn’t happy to see her suffer, I just knew that her suffering was mostly brought upon her BY her. If they could have made her “peace” a little more realistic and made it feel like it would stick for a bit, then I would have been beyond happy with this ending. It fell flat to me, and that is such a wasted opportunity.
There are some great moments and people in this series. I never would have watched it if I felt that it had no value, or I didn’t get anything out of it. Adam and Ray are two of those big reasons. Ray’s character growth was amazing, and he was the only really good guy across the board. Adam felt real, like a tangible person that I could find hanging out at the Russell, doing performance art and building things. He was awkward and honest and he owned every second of the time he was on the screen. Too bad he ruined it with his emo Kylo Ren stint.
If I had to rate this series, I’d give it a 2.5 out of 5. Lena has a fun way of showing us her inner dialogue, which I really appreciate, but I guess I am not young enough or selfish enough to be able to relate to these characters very much. This is very much a Millennial swan song, and has its place in this time for some, but for people like me, I need to connect with the characters, and I just couldn’t do that with 95 percent of the cast.
Thanks for reading my rant, and I will be sure to do more of these in the near future. I miss it, as it is my catharsis. Catch you on the flip side.