We open where we did 3 years previously. Hannah Horvath, at a restaurant in New York having dinner with her parents. This is where they tell her they will no longer fund her entire lifestyle (she’s an unpaid intern so they basically completely supported her) and she has to get a job. Massive bombshell for a 24 year old who suddenly has to fend for themselves whilst attempting to stay in a new city away from their parents. I totally relate to this .I would have been lost if I didn’t get a job in Manchester straight after University and had to move back in with my parents, like so many other girls my age.
To put this show in it’s broadest, loosest, most insulting context: this is Sex And The City for women 10 years younger and for this generation. However, the differences in writing style and characterisation are rife. Whereas I am more than happy to point out that I am a Miranda with Charlotte’s optimism, there’s no way I would ever admit to being anything like any of the Girls. Like, “Yeah, I’m such a Shoshanna with Jessa’s fickle and passive aggressive attitude, coupled with Marnie’s troublingly low self-esteem, lack of respect for her friend’s feelings and Hannah’s self-centred behaviour.”
Anyway, back to that restaurant. It is here that Hannah’s parents are congratulating their daughter on how far she has come in these three years. She not only seems more mature, with her head screwed on and thinking about herself in a more productive, constructive way, we found out at the end of last season that she’s got into Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Apparently a prestigious graduate program.
Also at the end of last season, we saw Jessa help a disabled woman she works for kill herself and then decide to change her mind at the worst possible moment. Marnie slept with Ray, much to Shoshanna’s dismay, and she also made out with her actor/musician pal which I’m sure his girlfriend would be pretty dismayed at, if she knew of course. And finally, Shoshanna has allowed the troubles of young womanhood affect her college work so much that she’s been told she can’t graduate and has to retake a course. Oh. My.
These situations sound so common and cliché for twenty-something story lines when I write them down (even writing “twenty-something” makes me gag slightly). But Girls isn’t a hugely successful comedy drama for no reason. And Lena Dunham isn’t a hugely successful writer/actor/director for no reason. You don’t want to be anything like these women because you’ve been there, man, you know. We’ve all had shockingly low confidence like Marnie. We do things that we wouldn’t do under other circumstances to get attention (give up the singing career, Marnie, you’re dreadful). We’ve all been afraid that we’d fail University because of the very important and serious stuff going on in our lives. Stuff that we will definitely still remember and care about in 10 years time.
So if you’re a twenty-something girl, chances are you’ll connect with Girls for all of the right reasons. It lives well and truly in the ‘now’ and I can’t wait to really sink my teeth into this next, much anticipated, series. The biggest challenge I foresee is continuing the character’s intersected lives with the main girl Hannah in Iowa whilst the rest of them are in New York. And how on earth is her boyfriend going to cope without her?! Will Jessa just terrorise Marnie without Hannah to keep the peace? And what will Shosh’ do now that she’s been allowed to finish college?!
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