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Oct 5, 2011I gave this season a 3 out of 10, and I easily could have gone lower. I have watched every episode of Weeds, but half way through the 12th episode of this season I bowed out. During every episode of this season, I asked the same question: why am I still watching this? I never had an answer other than loyalty, but at some point that's not good enough.
Where do I start with this? The last season (season 6) was quite good, but ended in an extremely precarious place, where you had to wonder where they were going with the show. As it turned out, they should have ended it right there. I don't want to spoil too much (though to be honest there's nothing to spoil, because nothing of consequence ever happens if you don't care about the characters), but I'll go through some things I find particularly abhorrent. Shane is now a psychopath. Sort of. Mostly, he just manipulates people and then smiles like an idiot afterwards. The show has started to focus on him way more, which is not a good thing because he is a terrible character played by a mediocre actor who cannot carry a scene. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop them from trying. I never really noticed before because of how much the show focused on everybody else. It should have stayed that way.
Nancy is a full blown crazy person who has gone completely off the deep end. Before, it seemed like there was a method and purpose to her madness. Now she just walks around with a "this is not somebody who can function in society" grin on her face. There is no longer anything likable about Nancy, which I never would have believed if you told me that four seasons ago. And it's not like her character is harder or more serious. She's actually more loopy, which makes no sense considering she just spent three years in prison (not really a spoiler, what did you expect to happen after season 6 ended?).
Andy is a good, likable character, but he has taken a back seat to everybody else and generally just whines about not getting any respect, which hasn't changed, only now he has no real redeeming qualities. Silas is really the only character in the show I find myself caring about, but not enough to make the whole mess worth watching.
I realize that it was hard to come back from last season with a coherent story that made sense in the context of everything that happened previously. But that is no excuse for failure.I find it frankly baffling that this season and Wilfred have the same metascore and user score. There is no comparing the two. Wilfred is a smart show that doesn't pretend to be more than it is, but the acting is tight, the writing is solid, and the characters are likable. I would be lying to your face if I said the same thing about Weeds season 7. It was terrible.… Expand
Aug 11, 2011Weeds could easily be the most overrated show on this website. In season 7 the characters are exactly the same as they were in season 1. The magician that is Jenji Kohan has presented the mirage of change by constantly changing the setting of the show. No character greater represents the absurdity of the characters in this show than Silas. A 24 year old whose still living under his mother's thumb even though he's had a ton of life experience throughout the show? Come on. A once witty inventive show has become stale and lazy. Blah.… Expand
Jul 24, 2012Weeds jumped the shark when Nancy went to live with the Mexican drug lord way back in season 3 or 4.
Nancy's character no longer has a single redeeming feature. A terrible mother, selfish, delusional, blah blah blah, the point being if your pivotal character is so unlikeable that as a viewer I cannot care for her character in anyway then I think a show has seriously lost its way.
Sep 29, 2012This review has spoilers.
So I just finished watching Season 7. While I admit some of the writing this season had the quick wit and bite that the first three seasons had, sadly, its just not enough. I felt deprived by this show for the last couple of seasons, but I do love Mary Louise Parker., so I hold on. But I think this is it for me.
I agree with other reviews that in the beginning after Nancy becomes a widow and wants to maintain her and her children's lifestyles, becoming a drug dealer, while not ideal, made sense. I just cannot sympathize any longer. And I am really bothered by the fact that we have left the hard core reality of drug dealing to the "Whew..I was lucky that time!" scenario. After scenario. After scenario. I don't understand why would everyone come back from Denmark for Nancy? Especially Silas who is now a successful model. Andy who seemed to have his life together finally. He spends most of Season 7 with these speeches that I always expected him to end with, " And could someone tell me why I came back here?" And Shane, who basically pops in and out every so often to remind us that he's a murderer with absolutely no remorse. Quick, get him on Dexter. (Jenji Kohan take note - thats a show!)
At least they found something for Doug who has been like a lost puppy for the last three years(7 if you go by the Weeds time line) . Sure, he walks into a Wall Street firm as an unlicensed-in-New-York-State accountant and gets promoted to CFO in 9 episodes. OK, and I have a bridge to sell you as well. Aiden Quinn (such a waste of a great character actor) gone after 3 episodes? I am sure that was HIS idea.
Nancy is now dealing in New York City-Washington Heights no less- and her biggest competition is a a group of college kids called Pouncy House? And their way of threatening their enemies is to underline words left in nasty notes? And don't get me started about them turning the bike shop upside down literally. i didn't laugh when I saw that. In fact it angered me because of the lack of regard to the viewer.
At the beginning of Weeds, it was real issues and very difficult choices to make that made you root for Nancy tro succeed. But now, we have left reality for these ludicrous, unrealistic story lines that I feel are are borderline insulting.. Its sad because there are a great group of actors here, I was waiting for one of them to break the 4th wall and ask us, "You're still buying this crap?
In the words of Heylia James (another great character woefully misused), "Nancy Botwin, I don't give a s*** about your drama no more."… Collapse
Tonight's episode feels like a reset, a fresh start for the characters but if they just lapse back into their old ways, I'm not sure what the point of another season of this show will be. And yet, if they do not return to selling drugs, some viewers may be disappointed.