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Season 7 brings the fun back to Weeds!
on October 8, 2011
Season 7 brings the fun back to Weeds. The tone of this season is much closer to that of the first three seasons, which I think fans will appreciate.
This season sees the Botwin clan relocated to New York City after Nancy is released from a 3 year prison stint. It's safe to say that the recurring theme of "no one ever changes, ever" is present and thriving, since Nancy picks right back off where she left off. At this point in the show, her actions are not necessarily surprising, but still insanely compelling. We have been with Nancy for 7 years now, so we know her well, just like her family we easily accept her descent back into crime. There are some differences of course, with Nancy having the smarts to reestablish her own team and openly fight for the things she believes in (instead of keeping them to herself). At least she seems to be learning, at least a little, from her past mistakes. The goddess Mary-Louise Parker still never hits a false note here. Mary-Louise always finds the comedy in Nancy's decisions and there is plenty of first rate wit coming from the actress in this season. After all, she is the reason we keep coming back to Weeds, and let me tell you, her performance this season does not disappoint! The season is best when Nancy is pitted against her nasty sister Jill (recurring guest star Jennifer Jason Leigh, who is perfection here, especially in the finale).
Andy (Justin Kirk) gets the least amount to do this season, unfortunately. His story is reduced to a fling with an artist in an open marriage (Lindsay Sloane) and the occasional comic relief. Silas (a very reliable Hunter Parrish) gets the most to do, besides Nancy, this season. He sets up his own team of dealers and eventually competes against Nancy. This is the most dramatic storyline of the latter part of the season and plays out naturally and emotionally. Parker and Parrish have some fantastic scenes together. Shane (Alexander Gould) enrolls in college and gets an, ironic, internship with the NYPD for Det. Mitch Ouellette (Michael Harney). This aspect of the season works because it's ambiguous, which adds an air of mystery. Even after the finale were never sure what is going to come of this, but it's certainly leading to something big. Doug (Kevin Nealon) has relevance once again, after an aimless storyline in season 6. He gets a job on Wall Street with some old buddies and it intertwines nicely with Nancy's wheelings and dealings.
With a fresh setting and a brisk pace, season 7 of Weeds brings the show back to it's roots. We get plenty of nasty humor, plenty of danger and plenty of guest stars (Martin Short, Olga Sosnovska, Pablo Schreiber, Aidan Quinn, Michelle Trachtenberg) and returning favorites (Tonye Patano, Andy Milder). If you have loved Weeds so far, season 7 will not disappoint, especially with yet another stellar Jenji Kohan-certified cliffhanger, this is a very memorable season. It may be uneven, the series has a few storytelling kinks to work out in the beginning half of the season by trying to reconnect all the Botwins, but in the end it works and opens plenty of new storytelling avenues.
For Weeds fans, season 7 comes highly recommended.
This Season Seven set includes the episodes:
- From Trauma Cometh Something
- A Hole In Her Niqab
- Fingers Only Meat Banquet
- Object Impermanence
- Vehement vs. Vigorous
- Cats! Cats! Cats!
- System Overhead
- Une Mere Que J'aimerais Basier
- Qualitative Spatial Reasoning
- Do Her/Don't Do Her