Girls Series Finale - It's Underwhelming and Satisfying at the Same Time
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 12:23
It feels correct for a show called Girls to end with an episode exclusively focused on women - none of whom are now coupled with anyone, I might add- simply trying their best to survive. It was about stumbling into adulthood and hoping, somehow, you make it to the other side. Where was the growth?
Dunham: And I think that girl is being delusional, as Jenni said, in a very similar way to where we found Hannah. Sitting in a restaurant for dinner, her parents had some bad news.
I'm a first-generation Caribbean-American with an incarcerated father who was raised by a single mother in a low-income Brooklyn neighborhood. It's all nervous first-time mom stuff from Hannah, like asking if the scale at the doctor's office is sanitized in between weighing different babies or sitting in the backseat of the vehicle with the baby while her partner - in this case, Marnie - drives. Loreen reads Hannah the riot act, or, if you prefer, the common sense act: everyone's in pain, life is hard, Grover is not something Hannah can quit, he doesn't hate her, he's a baby.
Everything doesn't work out, though, something Girls has been trying to show its viewers from the very beginning. It featured the entire core female friend group, whereas this one only has Hannah, her mom, and Marnie. "You graduated from college two years ago. It was a childish reaction - 'We did what you asked us to do!' That really bothered me".
"Do you know how insane this economy is right now?"
Hannah is a mom. "I'm the best friend", Marnie insists. Hannah storms from the house in search, I can only imagine, of a life lesson. I didn't have the fabulous tattoos. We need representation at all levels in television and film - including those larger than Dunham, people of color, queer, trans and non-binary people, disabled people/people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. And publishing wasn't an easy field. It's unbearable and Hannah tells her so.
"I just, you know, gotta eat", Hannah explains.
In fact, it actually speaks more to Hannah being a good mother than fulfilling Paul-Louis' only request - something she was in no way obligated to do. Hannah is overwrought and volatile and Marnie is reading All the Books and doing All the Things. A lot of her friends are people that she met when she came to NY when she was 21.
Series creator and star Lena Dunham said as much in a recent interview with Rolling Stone about the end of the show.
God forbid though, that her Mom tell her that - which is precisely what Mama Horvath (Becky Ann Baker) comes upstate to do, at the behest of Marnie in the middle of the night. I remember the teaser clearly: "I'm the voice of my generation... or at least a voice of a generation". Every time I hear about Lena Dunham it's been in a negative light - this previous year... That's not wildly thrilling or all that compelling even, but hell, Hannah Horvath tried.
Before the time jump, Marnie arrives out of the blue and tells Hannah she wants to help her raise the baby. She uses her own unusual methods to try to make them feel better.
We did know from previous episodes, though, that Jessa is still with Adam.
Dunham: Honestly, it was probably from an early reading of The Heidi Chronicles, if I really have to examine it.
"Every time you say nipple, a fairy dies".
Hail to the irrepressible Jemima Kirke as Jessa, with her raging sexual appetite and - whoops - cocaine habit? It would be tempting to show motherhood as a cure-all for Hannah's less-than-helpful personal quirks.
In a unusual scene, Hannah encountered a teenage runway who was without trousers or shoes.
Dunham: I know. And we really struggled in that last episode with coming up with how you're gonna show that she learned something in a way that's not completely clunky and completely like an Afterschool Special. I took it pretty personally. I tend to think that [the world of "Girls"] is a representation of the way that a lot of people live. Then I started hearing negative things about Lena Dunham. I had recently gotten out of a long-term relationship.