Weeds returned for its 5th season premiere last night with an episode titled "Wonderful, Wonderful".
But frankly, it wasn't so wonderful for me.
My main complaint...where was the funny? The only time that I laughed for the entire episode was the 30 second scene where Sanjay (Maulik Pancholy, the perpetual scene stealer...on 30 Rock as well as Jonathan) detailed to Roy Till how hot the man with the beard was. Beyond that, this premiere was kind of...depressing.
While on one hand it makes sense that Nancy's increasingly dangerous behavior over the last season of the show would finally have some form of repercussions, the show seems to have forgotten that it's a comedy.
Even normal sources of comic relief Doug and Andy didn't have much going on; Doug had no laugh out loud one-liners for me last night. I also didn't care for the Celia story-line, as it seemed like a recycling of last season's plotline where she was in jail and nobody cared enough to bail her out. But...while it was funny when nobody wanted to bail her out of jail, I found it less funny that nobody seemed to care when she was potentially in mortal peril. What's more, I've found that Celia as a character, like many of the other characters on the show, has just gotten too absurd.
Also upsetting - Shane beginning to go down a path of juvenile delinquency. Again, I guess this makes sense, what with the example that his mother has been setting, but I found the development not particularly funny. Finally, least funny of all, was the impending sense of doom for Nancy's character, who seemed on the verge of tears for the entire episode.
What did you guys think of the Weeds premiere? Did you experience laughs that I somehow missed?
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