Weeds: Season 4
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Everyones favorite pot-selling soccer mom, Nancy Botwin, is back in the complete fourth season of the hit series WEEDS. Last time we saw her, Nancys business (and house) was going up in smoke. So the Botwin bunch has relocated near the border for a fresh start with some new buds. Lifes looking green again in this subversive and buzz-worthy comedy.
Nancy goes on a long, strange trip as Weeds celebrates its fourth year. After Mary-Louise Parker's drug-dealing mom burns down the Agrestic rental, the Botwin clan flees to Bubbie's beach house, near Tijuana, where they reluctantly join forces with Nancy's cranky father-in-law, Lenny (Albert Brooks). While Celia (Elizabeth Perkins) does time for renting out a grow house, Nancy cozies up to a Mexican drug cartel. With nowhere else to go, Doug (Kevin Nealon) joins Nancy, Andy (Justin Kirk), Silas (Hunter Parrish), and Shane (Alexander Gould) in Ren Mar.
Sometimes change is a good thing, sometimes not. As creator Jenji Kohan explains in her commentary, "The writers were getting kind of restless." Adds writer Roberto Benabib: "We were done with suburbia." Fortunately, the new location adds interest, and Brooks makes for an inspired (albeit brief) addition, but Celia's punishment--humiliation, beating, pistol whipping--for selling out Nancy goes on too long. (The original theme song and opening credits also disappear after the premiere.) When a cigar-chomping politico (Demián Bichir) and an attractive divorcée (Julie Bowen) with an eye for 17-year-old Silas enter the picture, events take a darker, sexier turn. Even 13-year-old Shane, who longs to join the family business, acquires a couple of groupies.
As in previous years, the season ends with a cliffhanger, but in light of the insurmountable scrapes she's got herself into before, Nancy seems likely to emerge unscathed in year five when Jennifer Jason Leigh joins the show. If comedy takes a backseat to drama this time around, Weeds remains compulsively, addictively watchable. Bonus features include seven cast and crew commentaries--Parker and Gould are the only key players missing--and eight featurettes, including a tour of Bubbie's tchotchke-filled abode and a look at the Drug Enforcement Agency, which plays a regular part in the program. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- 7 Episode Commentaries with Cast and Crew
- Gag reel
- Featurettes Include:
- "Little Titles by Jenji Kohan"
- "Burbs to the Beach"
- "I’m a Big Kid Now"
- "The Weed Wranglers"
- "Moving Weight"
- "Tour of Bubbie’s House"
- "One Stop Chop Shop"
- "The Real Hunter Parrish"
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I had great hopes for Weeds after the destruction of Agrestic and the uneven season three. It seemed that a true break from the stale format of the show could be a good jumping off point into the new season. Unfortunately the show continues to be uneven and disappointing even after a move to Ren Mar.
All in all, even a subpar Weeds is better than 90% of the TV on regular cable and the networks. It's only after the great first two seasons that Weeds starts to show some fatigue. Below I tried to hit on what I thought were the highs and lows of the season. Which obviously could spoil some things if you haven't watched it.
The good: Albert Brooks does a great job as the despicable Uncle Lenny. Doug and 'El Andy' start up their own coyote business, running illegals across the border. Doug and Silas try to start up their own medical marijuana shop. Doug and Andy end up in a love triangle with one of the illegals.
The so-so: Nancy tries running drugs for Guillermo across the Tijuana border and starts up a maternity store-front for a drug tunnel. Celia reaches rock bottom and develops an addiction problem after begging for a job from Nancy. Shane uses violence and selling drugs to be the cool kid at his new school. Nancy has a relationship with the drug boss, Esteban.
The bad: The Hodes dysfunction and Isabella trying to decide which parent is better to live with. Silas relationship with a woman his mom's age and selling MJ at the cheese shop. Nancy going to the DEA when she discovers guns and women are being smuggled through the tunnel. The relationship issues between Nancy and Andy.
For me the main story lines were just too out there and uninteresting and the side plots with the family aren't given enough air time.
As a side note, this set came taped up. The first one didn't, and it's a pointless and irritating addition since removing the tape actually peeled some of the packaging artwork off with it and apparently did nothing to keep the DVDs safe. There were also a couple of gray foam cushion things inside that were just as unnecessary. What would be really helpful is if they would redesign the packaging to allow separate spaces for every DVD, rather than having the third DVD overlap the second. Whoever packaged this set isn't thinking very clearly.