Telediction: Terminus

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We’re saying goodbye today! Goodbye to “Girls,” whose season 3 finale I discuss below and sayonara to “The Walking Dead,” which ends tonight. I hate to see you go but love to watch you leave.


Girls

The “Girls” season finale left us in an interesting place. To briefly sum it up, Shoshanna isn’t graduating, Marnie finally gets the kiss from Desi she’s been pining for, Jessa helps Beadie die, and Hannah smiles as she clutches her acceptance letter from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Hannah’s journey this season was really focused on what kind of writer she would be. Previously, I wrote about how the show was shifting its focus from the sitcom definition of 4 girls in New York just tryn’a make it to a series fragmented within a larger space in addition to becoming more selfishly aware of Hannah’s goals and emotions and putting Jessa and Shoshanna on the back burner.

That being said, I get it. I get the direction the show went, and it’s purely in the last moments of the season that tie it all together.

Hannah’s identity crisis in her relationship and work life was a wonderful point to focus on. How does one balance a creative partnership when one partner is skyrocketing to fame and the other is compromising in the advertorial section of GQ?

While “Role-Play” left audiences unsure if Hannah and Adam were going to make it, we later saw that amid the bumps in their relationship and Hannah’s anxiety-driven, sexual FOMO everything was going to be OK. That is until the season finale completely shifted on itself and showed that Adam was the one being completely selfish this entire time. I brought it up in my last review, but it feels like Adam is either scared to come to terms with long-term commitment or he is desperately seeking a self-destruct button in his relationship with Hannah, despite it being really good for both of them. When Hannah goes to tell him the good news of getting into graduate school, he makes it all about himself and admonishes her for killing his pre-show vibes. Call it what you will, but the Broadway-Diva bug has definitely bitten Adam.

I was definitely satisfied when the show ended with Hannah finding an inner happiness. Despite the fight, she smiles. This is what she wants and (it seems, for now) she’s not going to let anyone take that away from her.

I’d be thrilled to see Hannah in Iowa next season, though I’ll admit to being skeptical if she actually does go. Remember what happened in “Gossip Girl” when it was time to go to “college”? Something about New York City-based shows and higher education prevents these characters from actually ever going anywhere. I think “Girls” is a show that’s cognizant and clever enough to prevent itself from falling into this cliché.

Now on to the other girls of the namesake show. Shoshanna can’t graduate because one teacher failed her. Despite her 5-year plan, she’s now more lost and alienated from the group and has to come to terms with being a “fuck-up.” Such is life. One moment youre drunkenly ranting to your narcissistic friends about how messed up their lives are and then that person is you. Unlike Hannah though, Shoshanna is triggered to find happiness and order by suddenly seeking out Ray again. I don’t doubt that she really wants him back. She did have instances where she tracked his progress and regretted breaking up with him, but Marnie’s eye-roll-inducing confession to having slept with Ray … multiples times … sometimes in one night, caused a flurry of jealous emotions and general inner chaos that led her to ask for him back. Sadly, we wont see Ray and Shosh back together just yet. I think he’s still hung up over Marnie, who could give less about him as she STILL tries to get inside Desi’s pants despite his girlfriend.

Apparently all it takes for the dude is some guitar pick owned by James Taylor probably won off an eBay auction. Cheap move, but it was so obvious that Desi would make the moves on Marnie when the camera frames the two of them and he’s shirtless. She tries to act like she’s flustered, but really it’s what she wanted all along. She tells Hannah that she kissed Desi with Ray right next to her, and Hannah shares our emotions in telling her that was a horrible idea. Why is she smiling!?

Though all is right with the world when Marnie runs into Clementine during intermission and she tells her she’s on to her shtick.

“I know what you’re up to. It’s written all over you,” she tells her.

Marnie tries to apologize, but Clementine tells her to shut up. This is the point in the show where I’m closing my eyes and “mmmmhmmm”-ing for all the babes who’ve got the right to call girls like Marnie out on their bull. While “Girls” redeemed Hannah from last season’s finale, showing Adam as her night and shining armor, Marnie sadly ended up spying on her bait fighting with his girlfriend after the show. It’s like “Girls” wants me to hate Marnie, and honestly, it’s succeeding.

Finally, Jessa was on screen for all of about 5 minutes (maybe less) in the finale. I’d be surprised if all her shots in season 3 together added up to 45 minutes. She’s working for the artist whom we met in last episode’s “I Saw You” and realizes she was hired based on her appearance to score drugs so the artist can kill herself.

Conveniently though, for Jessa, Beady decides at last minute (after taking the drugs) that in fact, she doesn’t want to die. “Call 911!” she tells Jessa, and we have absolutely no idea if she dies or not. My bet is that she didn’t and Jessa dips so as not to be caught in an awkward police questioning.

Overall the season was all right, though definitely scatterbrained. I can’t say it’s been the best so far though it does seem like it’s taking itself more seriously and working towards themes instead of feelings. I don’t think this new “Girls” has caught on just yet, but there is hope, albeit a little apprehension for next season.

Either way, I’ll have my eyes glued on because this is a show I just can’t quit. They give us just enough to want more, but sadly not enough to feel satisfied.


The Walking Dead

Here it is, Terminus, the weird utopia we’ve heard so much about that oddly resembles Disney’s MGM studios. It’s the location where all hell will break loose tonight, upon the timely arrival of all groups (pending) and judging by this, I can’t help but be skeptical of utopias knowing the history with Woodbury. It’d be cheap and overplayed, though, if Terminus ends up being another Woodbury, but wouldn’t it be even worse (i.e. boring) if it ended up being a barbeque safe haven?

Technically only Glenn and Co. have actually reached their destination. Of course, I have to note that Glenn conveniently gets reunited with Maggie. This happens after it’s time to part ways with the Sargeant, stereotypical Latina hottie and Eugene, the mullet genius with a hard-on for saving the world. Glenn wants to go through a dark tunnel after giving his armor to Eugene, and poor Tara is so guilt-ridden, she’ll follow him into the 9th circle of hell if it means forgiveness.

Inside, the tunnel is blocked with what seems to be a recent explosion and debris-sandwiched zombies. Tara’s leg gets caught and she almost gets bitten until OF COURSE Maggie comes out of nowhere with Eugene, Latina hottie and the Sargeant to save the day!

Excuse me while my head rolls so ferociously it leaves my body and catapults away.

Now that I’ve retrieved it, we can move on with the rest of this review.

Daryl has involuntarily joined forces with the lost boys aka Joe and Co. who’s sophisticated way of life and order falls upon one magic word: “claimed.”

Daryl refuses to be part of this world, but it seems that Joe needs Daryl and is trying to charm him, so much so that he takes the stranger’s side and kills off one of his own. Daryl indulges in drinking with Joe and sad-bastard talk about being an outdoor cat that thinks he’s an indoor cat. (As a proud owner of two outdoor cats who think they’re indoor cats, I have to say this was uncalled for. All cats deserve love, especially outdoor cats, who don’t poop indoors therefore making them superior.)

Nala & Tony: the great sibling rivalry.

Nala & Tony: the great sibling rivalry.

Daryl is sad about Beth in a way that I’m still not sure if it’s romantic. Where IS Beth anyway? My bet is either some Joe scheme or Terminus scandal. I guess we’ll wait and find out.

Then there’s Rick and Co. who are making their way to Terminus slowly (very slowly thanks to Carl and Michonne’s lollygagging) but surely. Rick’s right. This is no time for silly games and balancing tricks. Yeah it’s sweet enough, but he wants to find his daughter, if he still thinks she’s alive. He wants to get to Terminus before it’s dark. He’s tired. That’s just about all we’ve seen of Rick all season, that he’s tired and beat up, which leaves me to think, is this the end of Rick on “The Walking Dead”?

It’s hard to say, but I definitely can’t rule it out considering the treatment they gave him in this final string of episodes. He’s clearly not the Sherriff anymore and even if he wanted to be, that plotline is overdone and stale.

One thing is for sure, Rick will need to redeem himself and find new purpose if he wants to stay alive. 

 

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Author: Claudia Marina View all posts by
Journalism student at the University of Florida. Sally Draper is my spirit animal. I love writing about TV and how it affects culture. Occasionally I watch bad TV, but reviews make it better.

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