Girls Season 5 Episode 1

Enjoy “Girls Season 5 Episode 1WHAT IT’S ABOUT The fourth season of “Girls” ended with a few hanging storylines — all immediately picked up Sunday, which opens on Marnie’s (Allison Williams) wedding day. She’s well-prepped for the big day, but no one else is, most notably fiance Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). Meanwhile, Hannah (Lena Dunham) is struggling with her parents’ deepening problems; Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Adam (Adam Driver) develop a platonic relationship; Ray (Alex Karpovsky) and his espresso bar have to contend with a particularly difficult new competitor; Shosh (Zosia Mamet) has a new career opportunity and new hairstyle; and Elijah (Andrew Rannells) is broadening his social circle.

Girls Season 5 Episode 1

Girls Season 5 Episode 1

How will “Girls” end? One observation that should lard our expectations is that this series stopped being conventionally funny a long time ago. What’s difficult to pinpoint with precision is when it started being so sad. With the fifth season as solid evidence (four episodes were available for review), “Girls” is now officially, even emphatically, melancholic — a dirge to the futility of relationships, and the folly of love.In an exchange that takes place a few episodes in, Hannah observes that “maybe all relationships have a finite life span, like Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson.” Dear, foolish Marnie brightly upbraids her: “People who work on things stay together! Otherwise, they end up alone, like Cher . . . ” The exchange is funny; they often are here. It’s the fury that lurks just beneath the surface that really resonates.Feeding that sense of futility is the circle of life and storylines — these lives and these storylines in particular. Adam remains devoted to Hannah, and Hannah — on some level she doesn’t want to acknowledge — remains devoted to him. Ray remains devoted to Marnie, and Marnie — on some level she doesn’t want to acknowledge — is devoted mostly to her self-delusions.

Adam Driver was working on this season of Girls and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakensat the same time, flying back and forth between New York and the set of the movie that was soon to become the biggest of all time. The feeling that their friend from their little show was about to become the next Darth Vader was present on the set of Girls, but not as much as you might think.. CBS  

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