Nancy: You're religious?
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?