'Jersey Shore' recap: il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo

In all truth and bitter honesty, there hasn't been any rhyme or reason to the titles of these recaps so far this season. I love Italian movies (Italian cinema = Russian literature = Swedish pop music = American television = perfection), but the highly anticipated Florentine season ofJersey Shore has been depressingly un-Italian so far. I think that's why we were all so disappointed by the first few episodes. We all figured that this season would somehow bedifferent: smarter, more extreme, more decadent, just plain weirder. Instead, the shenanigans were depressingly repetitive. The cast seems unwilling to hang with anyone besides freakish blonde glimmer twins. The producers seem equally unwilling to present Italy in even the slightest complexity: I'm sure we've all had a good laugh at Sammi and Deena's Six-Hour-Energy commercial, complete with a dude who sounds like a Russian pretending to be Italian -- "Seex Hower Power! Pizza and meatballs, eh tovarisch?" -- but that commercial basically sums up the show's simplistic portrayal of Florence. (By comparison, Seaside Heights was freaking Westeros.) Read More...



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