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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2008
for my favorite tv show. Yes, this season was a major departure from the original premise of the show, some people may be put off by how different it is. It's more violent, more disturbing, and much more intense. But it had me on the edge of my seat during almost every episode and I loved the new additions to the cast, specifically Demian Bichir. Mary-Louise Parker was phenomenal, and I loved the direction Andy's (Justin Kirk) character took. There is still humor, but it's much less zany. My one criticism is what they did with Doug - he simply doesn't fit in well outside of Agrestic. But Nancy's progression from small-time dealer to a player in a Mexican drug cartel and its moral implications whose fascinating to watch, and Jenji Kohan turned in a terrific finale, as usual.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2009
I don't see how anyone can only give this show one star. This season was definitely different, but it was about time they headed off in a new direction. The characters all had a fresh start in season 4 after most of Agrestic burned down. There are some really funny subplots and big surprises along the way. Many times I found myself wondering what the hell Nancy was doing and how could this possibly turn out okay for her in the end? But that only added to the suspense and my enjoyment. My only true criticism was that Conrad and his family were not accounted for. I hope they make a comeback sometime in the future to stir things up!
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34 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2009
Weeds, Season Four.

The catchy theme song we all loved to sing along with while getting excited for the latest episode is gone, replaced by clever logos and an imaginative script. Too imaginative, to say the least. Remember when Nancy was a bad mother who at least tried to do well by her children? When Doug was always comedy gold, Celia was bitchy but loveable, and Shane was innocent? Sadly, those days are over, folks. Never have I seen a cast once so endearing transform into characters I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. Thank God for El Andy, who at least retains his charm and seems to be the only character winning over more audience love with time. Nancy Botwin is now officially a horrible person. One of the fascinations of this show was watching her balance that thin line between Suburbia and the Grasslands while juggling single parenthood. She was imperfect; a poor decision maker for sure, but at least she tried to bridge the gap between her growing(ly distant) sons. Her character has now officially all but given up any effort at all at maternal humanity. She goes through so many men that I've lost count and didn't have time to form any sort of attachment with any of those characters except Conrad, who despite all those seasons of subtle romantic build-up, all but disappears from this latest season. When did Doug become a grouchy demanding irritant? Wasn't he everyone's favorite member of Agrestic? By the way, whatever happened to Agrestic? Oh yeah. Up in flames like everything else in the series. Agrestic played such a central role in the series it was a character unto itself. No more. The Botwins now live by the seaside in Ren-Mar where they engage in plenty of acts that are anything but comical. Celia's character was initially written to be the next-door-neighbor, mother, and wife from hell (and the friend you should never double cross). Over the seasons, her character has melted into sheer terror. There is NOTHING funny about locking your ex-husband in a closet and abusing him. I'm pretty darn liberal when it comes to my sense of humor, but a lot of what is being pawned off as comedy is atrocious and completely amoral beyond belief, even for a TV show. I'm actually insulted that some of this is supposed to be laugh-worthy and frankly, disturbed by the implications. I guess the only realistic aspect of this show now is that Shane and Silas would find their way into the drug underworld relatively early in life given their upbringing. Even Guillermo nosedived into scary. This is certainly NOT the season I'd ever want to watch. The entire thing was blanketed in a darkness so thick and storylines so unpleasant I dare not purchase the season and will gladly forget it ever happened if Season Five can resurrect any shred of credibility to its mangled fate. After all that viewing, it appears the show is indeed made of ticky-tacky and like everything else on TV, looks just the same.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2009
The first time I watched weeds I didnt like it. For some reason I watched another episode and absolutely fell in love with it. I now own seasons 1-3 and have just preordered season 4 (which I have already seen on showtime). The cast is great. I really like Kevin Nealon's character, absolutely hilarious!

If for some reason you are having doubts as to buying this season, believe me, it is as good if not better than the other 3. I would encourage you to start from season 1 (which is also cheap on amazon.com) so you can see all the character development. Season 4 is great on it's own(it was the first season I watched prior to buying 1-3) but watching the other 3 first would make it even better!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I really wanted to rate this 3 stars but in all honesty I've got to make it 4 stars. This is because I keep telling myself that this show is stupid and ridiculous and only an idiot would watch it. Then, of course, this idiot is there the following week taking in the newest episode after swearing that the week before was the last time with this show. If I were not now watching the newest season, 5, in exactly the same way, I might be able to make myself believe that season 4 was no good but c'mon, even I'm not that thick.

This is a bizarre season. We leave suburbia for good with the usual cast of characters and take up residence near the Mexican border. So Nancy now is living much more like an outlaw and no more like a soccer mom. Nancy becomes involved with a Mexican drug lord and is as over her head as she was when she was involved with the rogue DEA agent. I have never really understood why Nancy had to go into dealing drugs as her employment when she found herself stranded in suburbia as a widowed soccer mom in season one but 4 seasons in, I've given up trying to understand any logic or reason to the characters in this show.

Coming as no surprise is the character who has grown and grown with each season is her brother-in-law Andy (Justin Kirk). I say this is no surprise because the two people on the show with substantial success in other (deeper) work are Kirk and Parker herself. Kirk was the main character on both stage and screen for ANGELS IN AMERICA. Parker also had a big part in ANGELS IN AMERICA. That show walked off with just about all the Emmys the year it came out. It was the poetic masterpiece about America in the time of AIDS.

Celia (Elizabeth Perkins) remains the most witchy, caustic, non-mom, non-wife, non-worker in the show. If everyone seems to fall in love with Nancy, they fall in hate with Celia. She is the Nancy antidote.

Shane as the bright kid who has to grow up in this bizarre environment, remains strong on the show. As usual, he seems more like the parent to Nancy than the child.

The other, usual characters from prior seasons seem more peripheral this time around. They seem to be just along for the ride and it might be better to just jettison them all together.

I've always liked Parker, Kirk and Perkins as actors. I viewed all their other work as more substantive than this but there must be some reason I keep watching this show. Maybe it is just that I like seeing three very talented actors from stage and screen slugging it out in one outrageous situation after another week after week.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2009
Everything that was enjoyable about the first season is pretty much changed and gone with this season. Her interaction with Helia and family - Gone. The soccer mom turned drug dealer - gone. The chicanery of the neighbors in the burbs is gone as well. Andy is no longer funny, as he used to be. Shane is no longer cute. Doug used to be hilarious. No more.

Had this been season 1, I wouldn't have watched Season 2. However, I'm still hooked and have to continue to see how things play out, so I'll be watching more. But by this season, the only characters I don't dislike are Conrad and Celia.

Albert Brooks? Not funny at all. Not even a little.
I miss the gut busting laughs and I keep watching in hopes that they get that back.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2009
Was a fan of Seasons 1&2 (and even 3, sort of), I just can't sympathize with the main character any more. Lilting around in a constant state of exasperation shoving the ever present stupid plastic starbucks cup into her cavernous joker-mouth. Exasperation being her only state of existence is tiring as hell to watch, not entertaining.

And I do allow a little bending of reality for creative license but can we at least put a little logic in the motivations behind the characters' actions? For example, why did Nancy stab Guillermo in the back? And, I know this is asking too much, but can we have at least some kind of theme behind the writing or point to the story or is the narrative simply - exasperated lady goes through life making decisions that make her more exasperated.

Kevin Nealon, Andy, the youngest son remain funny but their side plots are almost as bad as the main one. So much fun could have come from keeping them in Agrestic but instead we're supposed to buy the idea that a suburban mom will tumble into a world of crime from selling a little weed on the side.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2009
I enjoyed the first three seasons of 'Weeds' and I found the beginning of the fourth season relatively engaging, Albert Brooks helped. But the show went off the track as the season went on. I have no problem with dark material, 'The Wire' and 'Deadwood' and 'Dexter' I find brilliant in their own ways. But this season of 'Weeds' turned into shallow melodrama where the writers either ran out of ideas or were suffering personal anger issues that they decided to channel through their characters. Almost every character became a hollowed out version of their former selves. And don't tell me this is some sort of social realism, it was mostly just absurd. I felt angry with the creators and writers of this show by the end as they had taken an interesting show and debased it so horribly. I honestly don't know how so many people can give this season decent reviews? Either intelligence is being lost or maybe shallow spectacle is overtaking substance in culture, certainly in this season of 'Weeds'. Maybe I value some depth to characters more than others. Try and find much of any human heart or compassion in anyone this season, outside of aspects of Andy? This season of 'Weeds' suffers in contrast with shows like 'Mad Men' and 'Dexter' that handle 'darkness' and social commentary with much more subtley, nuance and insight. But that would be giving Weeds Season 4 too much credit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2009
Weeds season 4 is a rather interesting beast in how dramatic a change the show has undergone. No longer does the show revolve around the suburban mockings of a pot dealing soccer mom, but instead revolves around drug (among other things) trafficking. While this season did feel fresh (let's be honest the idea was starting to get stale), it also kind of left me hating the main character. While she has always been on the border of moral person trying to help her family, and immoral thrill seeker, this season really pushed her far beyond someone I care about. Sure there's a few moments of morality, but the reality is they were forced. Frankly, at this point, Nancy has consistently ignore her children, put them in danger, and raised a teenager who wants to do nothing but grow pot, with a young barely teenager having threesomes.

So, with all of my complaints, why am I giving this a four stars? Well, the show is still pretty funny, though I'm far more interested in Andy and Kevin Nealon's character than the botwin clan. I liked where most of the stories went, but can't deny that I just don't feel for Nancy anymore. Almost everytime she gets in trouble, its her fault. She could've been out of the game time and time again, but she stays with it, not to help her family, but for her own thrills. So if you can get past the complete lack of sympathy, they shows very entertaining.

Oh yeah, and the blu ray looks great.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2009
I've followed Weeds all four seasons and I'm consistently entertained and impressed with the caliber of the acting and writing. I've always appreciated the balance between the literary and the lunacy.

Season four took a definite departure from the safety of Agrestic...a departure to a California border town near Tijuana. Nancy's (Mary-Louise Parker's) involvement with the dangerous/sexy mayor of Tijuana (Demián Bichir) was a nice addition, as was the twisted relationship between Celia (Elizabeth Perkins) and DEA Till (Jack Stehlin), who brilliantly walked the comedy/drama line. As always, the comedy trio of Andy (Justin Kirk), Doug (Kevin Nealon) and Dean Hodes(Andy Milder)totally paid off. As for the kids Silas (Hunter Parish), Shane (Alexander Gould), and Isabelle (Allie Grant)- they are proving to be fine young actors, holding their own in every lovely scene. I'd say that season for is a must have for any Weeds fan, future or present.
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