Californication Season 2 Ep. 1 & 2

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Showtime’s new season of Californication leaves of where last season left of. David Duchovny’s character, Hank Moody, finally gets what he wanted, his girlfriend and mother to his daughter back, played by Natasha McElhone. However, there is very little going on right as they both seem to have grown in different paths.
His girlfriend is centered while Moody seems to adjust to the relationship factor. If you have never seen the show it starts off with Karen (McElhone) and Hank in L.A. They moved from New York to see Hank’s book being turned into a film. However, Hank doesn’t like the way his book got turned into a generic romantic story. Adding to the list is the fact that his fear for the institute of marriage really creates a state of entropy.
Karen, fearing that Hank will never propose, seeks stability in one of her clients, Bill, and leaves Hank for him.
This intern leaves Hank devastated and out for a vengeance. His fear of commitment is enhanced and we see Moody go from girl to girl: At times even two women an episode.
The only bridge between Karen and Hank is the love for their 15 year old daughter, Becca. Becca, played by Madeleine Martin, is wise beyond her years. Her love for her father I think outweighs the love she has for her mother, but at times it seems as if it’s necessary to create a sense of stability in Hank’s life.
Not to mention that she at times acts as the conscience between Karen and Hank.
Through all his mess ups and negligence, Hank is a lovable character. He’s rude, but it’s due to his brutally honest approach. He makes no apologies for whom he is, which I can see why women might be attracted to him.
At the end his most redeeming quality is the love for his girlfriend and daughter. His acts of love are selfish, but then again, in life there are no selfless acts.
Karen views this as a plus at times, not to mention that Hank’s unpredictable character and free soul seems to cast a spell over her. At times Karen comes out as a masochist, at times a manipulator and at times just as confused as a dog chasing its own tail. This makes her a likable character in a way. You can’t really blame her for leaving Hank.
I didn’t know becoming a writer could get you so much tail in L.A. At least as a journalist major I’m half way there. I just need to write a crappy generic Hollywood movie.
I won’t say much of the first two episodes, but they are worth the wait. The people who had stability don’t have it. The people who were on shaky grounds get what they want, but this in turn leaves then walking on egg shells. The ambitious get what they want and just when life couldn’t get better, people have to adjust to reality.

4.5 out of 5


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