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Nurse Jackie's running out of steam...
on August 15, 2013
Nurse Jackie: Season Four
Note: mild spoilers below. You'll live.
"Nurse Jackie" was a hard-sell to begin with for me - I heard about the show and was mistrustful of the premise, actively avoiding it for a year or so. Finally, though, I hit a slow patch in my viewing schedule and tried out Season One, and was pleasantly surprised. I was never as into it as my wife, but the acerbic lead character played by Edie Falco reminded me of some tough, grumpy, magnetic people I've known in my life, and it was a compelling portrayal.
So we followed it along from season to season and were psyched to see S4... Sadly, this season turned out to be a little bit of a dud. I liked them having Jackie straighten up and get off the pills - it actually makes her character more compelling, although I do think they could have kept her in rehab a bit longer... that angle had dramatic possibilities that so far seem unexplored... But overall, this season seemed pretty slack, and we felt deflated by the abrupt ending and the overall laxity of the season's arc. I don't think the creative team overdid anything or lost their way, the show just seems to have run out of steam. It's possible Season Five will surprise me, and I'll certainly give it a shot, but as far as following the show forever, I'm definitely on the fence after S4. Oh, well. (Axton)