HBO’s Girls to Premiere Jan. 11
HBO’s lauded comedy Girls is slated to premiere Sunday, January 11th, hopefully picking up where Lena Dunham’s brilliant hilarity left off in season 3. Critics argue that the show’s characters have undergone obscure changes, becoming unrecognizable from prior seasons, but Dunham’s succès d’estime is intrinsic to this very notion.
The cast of Girls is comprised of vibrant twenty-something year old women, perhaps one of the more whimsical demographics, whose viewers have watched evolve. Season 4 will be the first genuine look into that anticipated maturity. The raw and dramatic situations that unravel can only occur with one backdrop, New York City, which compels the series’ characters to adhere to specific norms while challenging others. Dunham’s dynamic characters capture the innocent, bizarre, and even unsettling fragments of the awkward stage between youth and adulthood. That time when life finally forces you to prepare for the person you will become.
Sunday’s premiere will unfold the next phase of Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna, as the Gang of Four traverse their way through life and all of its messy, heart-pounding realities. Will Hannah and Adam’s strange yet endearing relationship end? Is Jessa bound to breakthrough the cynicism and self-destruction? We have yet to see ‘go-getter’ Marnie solidify a career trajectory, and Shoshanna, well, remains Shoshanna.
Girls resonates. We find comfort in the variations of our own lives, however subtle or blatant, depicted by four girls whose sheer essence are not all too unfamiliar. Their struggles depict the heroic attempt to achieve an innate human pursuit – to satisfy the Greek maxim, know thyself.
“Do you think I think this is the best use of my literary voice and my myriad of talents?” Hannah questions, suggesting insight into the uncertainties and ambiguities that twenty-somethings endure in relation to work and the ever-so daunting future; as a result, we see self-doubt often intertwined with ambition.
For the past two years, viewers have connected to HBO’s Girls for its ambitious attempt to give a voice to a generation that is unlike those before it, to help give clarity to the thoughts inside our heads, and to make the challenges and confusions a tiny bit sweeter. “It’s hard to tell someone so young that things don’t always end up the way you thought they’d be.”