(SO5 E11) "If you don't climax, the terrorists win" - Andy
So I have always defended WEEDS when everyone said that it had 'jumped the shark'. But the symptoms aren't looking good. This episode left a bad taste in my mouth, like I had wasted the last 30 minutes.
The storyline of Celia's homosexuality is poor at best, and appears spontaneous and out of place with the story. Whilst Celia still has some of the best one-liners, the storyline is nothing the Weeds writing team should be proud of. As a matter of fact, none of the storylines they should be proud of.
The story of Nancy and Esteban is interesting, the plot could be compressed, and I just feel that it is like a small amount of butter being spread over too much bread. Nancy's planned assassination of Pilar sounds promising, and Esteban's arrest also, but things just need to speed up.
Silas hasn't had a good storyline since the Agrestic days, and Shane has simply become an annoying interruption. I do have to give Nancy a big hand for actually recognizing what she has done to lives of her children, and what a bad mother she has been.
Doug remains hilarious as usual, but his storyline with Dean does not eventuate into anything. Back in the day, watching Doug and Dean get stoned was entertaining enough (such as at Shane's graduation party in Season 2) but this just didnt work for me. There just doesnt seem to be anything tying all the characters together like there used to be in Agrestic. Although, I must admit Doug and Dean's plan to get stoned and leave each other notes on the bodies in the style of the film "Memento" was a stroke of genius.
So has WEEDS jumped the shark? The results of my diagnosis are yet to come in, but the show certainly needs some medicine before the season finale in 2 weeks time to save it from its doomed fate.
I still pray for the day when the writers realize that the Ren Mar setting is terrible, and they take everyone back to Agrestic. Maybe Heylia and Conrad may even return, but perhaps that is asking for too much.