Review: Machetes Up Top - How Dark Can Weeds Get? - Featured

Nancy: You're religious?

Cesar: Selectively.

Nancy: Right, the whole thou shalt not kill thing probably isn't working out that well for you, huh?

Cesar: And I support gay marriage...

As I was watching this week's episode of Weeds, "Machetes Up Top", I had a similar response to last week's episode, which was that the series is barely a comedy anymore.

While I thought there were more humorous moments by comparison in this week's episode - from Cesar the goon commenting how he supported gay marriage (quote above) to Celia arranging Rudulfo's bullets in descending order of caliber to the beginning of a twisted relationship between Andy and Nancy's sister Jill ("She plays the victim but she always has time to put mascara on...") - it struck me that pretty much every ounce of humor in this week's episode was supremely dark. Let's also not forget about the surprise appearance of Guillermo (and side note, but what are they feeding him in prison?) and Nancy's resulting string of jokes about prison tattoos and rape.

The entire show has gone the route of darkness, and as I commented last week, nothing has been more depressing than Nancy's main storyline. I don't think there was very much development at all from last week regarding Nancy - just an increasing sense of doom (the "Dead Mom Walking" comment pretty much sums it up) - and an even more depressing closing scene (was it me...or was that nearly rape?).

I also am not a fan of how fractured the group has become. Currently, Shane/Andy, Doug/Silas, Celia and Nancy each have wholly independent storylines. I am currently really missing interactions between Nancy and each of these characters as I think that this is where some of the show's best humor has been derived from in past seasons. It might also provide some opportunities to help lighten up the show.

How about you? How are you feeling about Weeds now that 2 episodes of Season 5 have aired? Still enjoying it, or like me, is the series getting a little too dark for your tastes?



Default avatar cat
Jun 16, 2009 5:31PM EDT

I have liked these two episodes. Usually when Nancy got into trouble she would bat her brown eyes to Conrad and he would help her out. The time for that is past. This show is evolving just like many shows have been. Look at some of the popular shows, Lost and Supernatural comes to mind. Watch the first season of both these shows compared to this past season and they are completely different. This is the same with Weeds. I like it alot, it can't be the same selling weed all the time, it is changing which is not always bad.

Default avatar cat
Jun 16, 2009 5:34PM EDT

I agree.
Dark Weeds is good Weeds :)

Default avatar cat
Jun 17, 2009 1:36PM EDT

Dark Weeds is good weeds........ but its not the same Weeds we all fell in love with. I agree with everything you said. Its just not the same balance of drama and comedic relief the series started out with...

Jun 17, 2009 4:09PM EDT

I totally agree with krystle and for the closing scene of this weeks episode: that was rape.
I appreciate that they're not pathologically trying to outgun their own funny moments but now weeds is leaving me depressed each week and I'm not even curious how the story will go on like I was during the first two seasons, I just want it to stop for Nancy

Default avatar cat
Jun 18, 2009 5:18AM EDT

They just need to decide which way they want to go with it already. I think it would be good either way, just choose. Not to say you can't have a dark drama with funny bits (aka House) but it's much harder to have a comedy that is all dark drama. I love dark comedies, one of my favorite movies is Grosse Pointe Blank for example, but that didn't even get as dark as some moments on here. I just hope they give us more credit and don't "solve" all her problems as some sort of dream/psychosis bs. They are turning her into a drug lord on the show and it's too much of a deviation from her original character, one that was at least semi plausible. No soccer mom in her right mind would be mixing it up with such unsavory characters. Hopefully it'll return to it's simpler times soon and there can be less chaos with it all. It's starting to turn into a daytime soap. The pregnancy I think is too much, I don't see a lot of options for her with that - she has it and he kills her, or she loses it and he kills her, or she runs away with it and he hunts her down to kill her. Guess it'll be the season finale before I find out.

Jun 18, 2009 12:02PM EDT

i like everything there doing to was never really that funny maybe a little, more of a drama about potheads living life their way the way it should be easy clean and stoned

Large 1371447244 phillis wheatley
Dec 8, 2012 2:49AM EST

there is no laughs in this dark comedy so this season will be the dark years cool seeing Jennifer Jason lee playing her sister

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