Girls Season 2, Episode 2: I Get Ideas

I had two revelations when I watched this episode. The first is that I can actually sympathize with some of Marnie’s problems. Since she’s recently unemployed, she is now looking for work that is both meaningful and enjoyable but still pays her enough so she can pay rent and not be miserable. After a bad interview experience, she decides to accept a job as a hostess, which won’t be fulfilling as a career but will give her a chance to buy her happiness. What former college student can’t understand her situation? That feeling of being forced to choose between your ideals/dreams and your need for money is one of the most universal things that almost anyone can understand. It is the feeling that defines the 20’s of this generation. I feel bad for her, but I’m not optimistic about how long my sympathy will last.

The second revelation is that maybe republicans aren’t so bad. Hannah and Sandy (Donald Glover) got into an argument this week about Sandy’s political beliefs that turned into an argument about race. For as much flack as Lena Dunham got last season for not having more diversity in the show, I think she handled race issues great in this episode. The argument felt so much like previous conversations I have had. It’s all about us being in a post-racial world where people don’t see color. Of course, that’s usually not the case. We have all been there either as the person saying that we have moved past race issues, or as the person saying race issues still exist but don’t control me.  More important than the race issues, I wonder can you date someone with different political opinions. I mean I can respect that Sandy is a republican and is entitled to his own views but I’m not dating him. I’m curious to see if Hannah can date him and respect his views at the same time.

Favorite line of the night: You don’t need two republicans to make a republican. Yea, they’re like terrorists you don’t need two terrorists to make a terrorist.

Fun Fact about Marnie’s interview scene is that Lena Dunham’s mother is the woman that interviews Marnie. Check it out in this video:

Girls Season 2 Premiere

This weekend I watched season 1 of Girls again so I would be fully ready for the season 2 premiere on Sunday. What I realized in watching it again was that I actually really enjoyed season 1 and that I can’t wait to see the progress and growth in the writing for season 2 (Spoilers). While the writing may have progressed, the timeline in the story doesn’t seem to be much further along. It’s clearly not right after Jessa’s surprise wedding but it does seem to be a month or two in the future.  I did find it a little awkward that most of the characters are in very different places in their lives but you have no idea how they got there. I would’ve loved to watch Hannah go from being completely obsessed with Adam to now sleeping with Donald Glover’s character. Can we detour for a second so I can mention how much I love Donald Glover? Someone please tell me he is going to be on the show for at least half the season. Seriously, I am a total fan of everything he does comedy, acting, and rapping. I especially love when he does two or more of them at the same time! Okay, back to to Girls. Although nothing else has changed much for Hannah, she still has a live-in best friend that she spoons with at night, she’s still a bad friend to Marnie, and most importantly she’s still completely self-absorbed. It’s so easy for me to hate Hannah but I love watching the train wreck that is her life.

Marine is another character that I love to hate. The greatest thing about Marnie is her ability to guzzle white wines when she’s in socially awkward situations. This time it was another conversation with her ex-bofriend, Charlie, who she couldn’t wait to get rid of but can’t stand to see go, that has her searching for the bottom of a wine glass. However, I did love the irony in the use of Jay-Z’s 99 Problems as background music for this scene with Marnie and Charlie *hand clap* (when does an HBO show ever not have great music). Marnie’s life is in a sorta downward spiral now, so much so that she attempted to have sex with a gay man that slapped her in the face last season. I’m sure there will be plenty of tears and empty wine glasses in store for Marnie and I’m also pretty sure I will hate her character even more by the end of the season. Anyways, enough about the annoying characters, the one great character on this show is Shoshanna. I just love how unbelievably awkward she is and how she talks at lighting speed while using every acronym possible. I am highly disappointed that they skipped the drama between her and Ray post-deflowering. I’m still excited though to see where their relationship is going next.

Regardless of the small disappointments this was a solid season premiere. It looks like there will be some great story lines that will go in a completely different direction than last season. And let’s all cross our fingers that Donald Glover’s character never goes away! Like how mind-blowingly awesome would it be if his character sang So Fly for Hannah?! Okay, okay I know I’m getting carried away, but I can dream, can’t I?

2013 is the New 2001: Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and Destiny's Child

For those of you that don’t know, January 9, 2013 ended like this:

Yes, that is a cryptic Justin Timberlake tweet teasing something that could be anything from a Myspace update, to another bad movie that we’re forced to suffer through just to see Justin’s face, to dare I say it, possibly, just maybe, new music.

But before January 10, 2013, 9:01 am PST there was this:

Leave it up to Beyoncè and Destiny’s Child to announce a new album and throw everyone into a tizzy right before Justin Timberlake tells the world that he is really in love with me and not Jessica makes his announcement.

Finally, January 10, 2013 9:01 PST Justin is ready:

The moment I’ve been waiting for since 2006 Justin Timberlake is finally ready to do what he does best, make music. I’m not even irritated that the YouTube video was nothing but another tease that revealed a countdown to something else, which better be a song release, on Sunday at 9 pm PST.

Just like that, this morning of January 10, 2013 felt a lot like a morning in 2001 where all we can talk about is anticipation for impending Justin Timberlake and Destiny’s Child projects. Only now we talk about it on Twitter instead of listening to Carson talk about it on TRL. This year is starting off pretty great in my book.