Girls – “It’s About Time” (Season 2, Episode 1)

Girls Season 2 Episode 1

The premiere of Girls’ sophomore season (arriving roughly the same time as its Golden Globes win) is smart to set most of its action at a hazy apartment bash, since the episode matches the meandering, feverish feel of a drunken, crowded party. It feels a touch rushed compared to the careful pacing of Season 1 – a good episode, but I would have liked a little longer to reflect on some events.

That said, there was a lot to like about it:

  • Adam, who was my favourite part of Season 1, continues to feature heavily – as in the start of Season 1, he’s relegated to his apartment, but now he has a good reason.
  • Shosanna is my least favourite character, but I liked her here; she was used sparingly and was genuinely funny each time – A good reminder of how the show is as much a comedy as anything.
  • Elijah spent most of Season 1 as a (to borrow a Happy Endings phrase) “sitcom gay,” so his encounter with Marnie was an encouraging way to flesh out the character.
  • Speaking of Marnie, starting the season with her getting fired is a good start; she’s most interesting when she’s challenged.
  • Donald Glover!

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