Girls: Anything can happen?

By Caroline Nelson '16TV Columnist

Last year the trailer for Season Two of HBO’s “Girls” featured the song “Anything Can Happen” by Ellie Goulding. This was a nice thematic choice for a show that offered the possibility of real growth and change. But now with the first few episodes of Season Three I’m already beginning to feel like “here we go again…” I’m not sure if that’s a song or not, that’s just how I feel. However, this new season isn’t a full-on disappointment; it goes down some interesting paths and has some good lines and subtle but revealing character moments. But it just seems to have lost most of its zeitgeist. Maybe it’s the fact that this season just feels like more of the same or maybe it’s the fact that other shows now seem to have the “Girls” thing down better than “Girls.” “Broad City” and “Looking” come to mind, as zany and understated respectively. Upon hearing the common criticism that “the characters are really annoying,” I mentally respond, “yes but they’re supposed to be.” However, my patience is starting to wear thin. There’s only so many times that I can listen to Hannah’s pretention and self-indulgence, or watch Adam act like his volatile immaturity is actually some kind of profound depth of feeling, only so often can I hear Ray complain about his perfectly nice (if mediocre) life. There is only so much of Shoshana I can watch before she turns from endearingly ditsy to unbearably shallow, only so many times I can watch Jessa break things for the sake of breaking them, only so often can Marnie go to pieces over her intractable problem: that of being born in the wrong time period. Whether or not we just repeat the same destructive cycles until we die is a matter of some debate. But whatever your personal answer is, in my opinion it makes for dreary viewing.