Jimmy meets Gretchen at a wedding of one of their common friends, and after finding themselves in bed together, slowly realize that they care about each other... whatever that means. Neither of them are meant for adulthood, but the constant pressure of society keeps bearing on them, and overall becomes a fight over being themselves or being what everyone else expects of them. Surrounded by friends, equally self-destructive, but nonetheless important to their life, they struggle in a world that seems too focused on appearances, and nonstop competitions that do not yield neither happiness nor comfort in the world. However, if one wants to be happy, like our main characters do, then they will be!
I was thinking about how to review this show, either going by seasons or actually talking about the stories, but I do find, overall, that what I needed to do was to look at the four main characters and see their arc over the seasons and how they got where they were supposed to be all along. It is important to note, that obviously they evolved through proper interactions among themselves, and well, some of them might not have ended up where they are had they not been exposed to some even worse than they are... which seems impossible.
"I just moved in with my boyfriend and I don't have any stuff except for a food processor and, like, nineteen thongs, because even though at first we were like, 'I am not wearing that,' the patriarchy somehow convinced us that visible panty lines were unacceptable, so now I've just grown accustomed to the feeling of a fabric rope against my actual asshole all day. And anyway, even if I did buy the stuff of a life, there's nowhere for me to put it because I'm not sure this dude really wanted me to move in because I'm an irresponsible monster who burned down her apartment with her vibrator!"
You don't get to act surprised now."
"Maybe she’s not texting you because she knows the only reason you’re checking in is to make yourself feel better. Yeah, maybe Gretchen wants to get on with her life and never think about you again. Maybe she thought you were dead, Jimmy. Checking tips on the hotline, coming home night after night to an empty house with only your scent on your pillow to cling to for comfort, until it too faded away and she was left all alone with nobody to make breakfast ramen for, alone with nothing but her scentless pillows and haunted thoughts of all the friends she lost in the war."
Watch it? Most definitely. Be ready to see a rawness to relationships that neither 40 minute dramas or any kind of show that deals with marriage and relationships has ever attempted. The most serious shows that I have seen still refused to take a stance and yell and curse and point out how hard life really is. If you need a good slap in the face, this show is for you! At least, that is my interpretation of the show. What is yours?
Until the next item on my list!