TV Review – "Californication" Season 2


I have a special spot in my heart for Showtime’s “Californication.” Since I don’t have Showtime, I’m forced to wait until each season comes out on DVD and then have a “Californication” marathon. Which, admittedly, is a whole lot of “Californication.”

This season, I made it all the more interesting by accidentally grabbing the second DVD first. I wasn’t about to go back to the video store (I’m a busy gal), so I just decided to watch the season out of order. Something I don’t recommend and will adamantly try to avoid in the future.

I never watched “The X-Files,” so my experience of David Duchovny was based on a handful of movies and guest roles. I didn’t really know what to expect, so I was pleasantly surprised when David’s portrayal of perpetual man-child, Hank Moody, was so layered and charming.

In fact, the characters on this show are some of the most lovably flawed creatures ever to grace the small screen. The functionally-dysfunctional Hank Moody, his soul-mate Karen (Natascha McElhone), their daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin) and wild child Mia (Madeline Zima) make up one of the most fantastic faux-families ever written.

Not to be outdone, best friends Charlie Runkle (Evan Handler) and his wife Marcy Runkle (Pamela Adlon) make the Moody clan look positively tame with their outrageous antics.

This season picks up with Hank, Karen and Becca trying to live in domestic bliss. Since the show is about Hank’s poor decisions and philandering ways, you know that this calm isn’t going to last for long. And thankfully, it doesn’t.

During a wild party, at the home of music producer Lew Ashby (Callum Keith Rennie), Hank accidentally cheats on Karen and then promptly gets arrested. Karen has no choice but to kick him to the curb once again. Lew decides that Hank is the perfect writer for the Lew Ashby biography, so he allows him to live in his mansion during the writing process.

At the same party, Marcy reintroduces herself to the nose-candy and becomes more and more addicted, really earning her nickname “Cokey-smurf.” Charlie tries to maintain the status quo, but falls into the porn industry after he’s fired as a talent agent for his self-gratifying habits at the office.

As Charlie and Marcy spiral down the drain, Hank struggles to find an interesting angle for the biography, be a good father to Becca, be a father figure to Mia and get Karen back in his life. All the while, bedding half of the woman in Southern California.

This show has some of the sharpest writing and most hilarious situations on television, but too often leans on the crutch of lewd and crude. It doesn’t need to stray so often to the land of sex, drugs and rock & roll, when it has such strong writing and loveable characters.

Bottom line: Even though it strays every now and then, I look forward to the continued adventures of Hank Moody and company.

Source by Sheryl D

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