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Weeds Season 7 Premiere Review: Three Years Later...

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I never like it when a show takes a major time jump between seasons.

It always feels like a storytelling crutch, like a lazy way to start fresh and quickly tie up loose ends up. Such was the case on "Bags," the seventh season opener for Weeds and an episode that was mostly spent catching viewers up on a past we never saw, while establishing a wholly new future to come.

Freedom for Nancy

Case in point: Esteban is dead? Just like that?!?

The most significant character outside of the main clique, and the father of Nancy's son, was axed in a two-sentence announcement by FBI Agent Lipschitz. Yes, this now opens season seven up to a wide range of possibilities, but as someone who appreciates flow and continuity in my TV show, it was a disappointing way for Weeds to start anew.

As always, though, tremendous work by Mary Louise Parker. I've never been able to determine whether Nancy had any true feelings for Esteban and most of that is due to Parker's portrayal of a confused, torn, desperate woman. There's a good chance that Nancy herself never really knew how she felt.

Aside from the disturbing image of Shane shacking up with a woman - seriously, remember when he was playing youth soccer on season one? - there's not much to say about events in Copenhagen.

Again, that's the problem with fast-forwarding three years. Viewers must simply digest a wealth of exposition at once: Silas has been a model, Shane has been involved in puppeteering and Andy is running for office? Okay. I can consider myself caught up now.

I'll be happy to ignore these complaints once the arc of season seven is established - and I very much welcome the increased presence of Jennifer Jason Leigh for what I assume will be a custody battle over Stevie - but the premiere just felt like it was throwing a lot of new, random information at us.

Nancy was getting it on with her cellmate, who pointed her toward a sauna-based key on the outside, which led to a bag full of guns and grenades in the trunk of a car?!? Well, alright then. Doesn't seem remotely related to anything from the season six finale, but it's clear I need to stop worrying about that.

It's a new season, in a new city, with new drug and family-related matters to come. I like all of these characters too much to not get on board eventually, but I would have preferred a smoother transition from one set of storylines to the next.

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The first four seasons were great then it headed downhill but I had high hopes it will turn around in season 7. Sadly, my hopes were dashed b/c season 7 sucked! Nancy acted no different than a hooker and they threw in the custody situation so we can feel sympathy for her. Sorry, I cannot relate and majorly dissapointed in the show.

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@ What the ........... I thought it was just me. Nancy is potrayed as this beauty queen that gets over on black men, white men, mexicans and women... Pleasee.. since they stereotype blacks in show then black men do go for skinny pale old white women. Please. Conrad swooning over her... please .. fail. Maybe feeling sorry for her. But come on every one she sleeps with, or dates is in love... She was not raped by u turn who was evil? or Guiellmo who was told to do it by his crew, or the fact he respected her and kept her safe but he trafficked women. Please.... She was not that smart. I wish Andy would tell her bye that would be realistic. She is an average looking women that is not very savy.

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I thought this show was great for about the first 3 or 4 seasons, then as I began to hate Nancy because of seeing what a terrible person she is, the show went down hill as far as I am concerned. As someone else here said, she stopped being a sympathetic character. At first you felt empathy for her and her stupid decisions, but later she became bewilderingly more impulsive and stupid and maybe partly because of this, the reality the show conveyed disappeared and became all about how far certain things could be pushed. At first there was believability to the storyline. It was full of incredible but BELIEVABLE twists that always left you wanting more. None of that anymore -- it's as if Kohan is trying to be the Michael Bay of this genre. Take every thing to the extreme and rely on the element of surprise to stun the audience into buying that the events are possible. Now that season 7 is so far worse than the others I don't think I will watch it any more.

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I just don't get it... I've looked online for reviews of weeds and no one seems to want to address the glaring problem with this show. 1) Everyone seems to magically fall madly in love with Nancy in every single scenario. I mean please, can we be a bit more realistic? She is a slightly above average looking soccer mom in her 40s not Ashwarya Rai every man (and woman now this season) can't be so enthralled with her beauty and charm 2) she always seems to get out of every situation unscathed despite her clearly dumb choices. like smoking while on leave from the facility, then she comes back high and stinking and barely gets a slap on the wrist? sleeping over til the next afternoon and suddenly, magically she's released from the center it's pretty annoying to watch. the same thing happens with sookie on true blood (though I stopped watching that silly show) I am going to finish out this season since I've watched all the rest, but I really have to say. can we have some more realistic story lines on television today? thank goodness for foreign movies on netflix

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I really doubt Esteban is dead. And I really enjoyed the premiere. I think its just nice to have a episode where nobody is in jeopardy once in a while. Well, we can only wait. I dont like Nancy that much anymore though. Maybe its because we all saw her tits. Several times.

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@Milla
Do you really live in Copenhagen? I do and I've never seen any place in Christiania that looks like what they've shown in 'Bags'. I suspect, due to economic issues, they did the shot at that 'Danish' town in California, Solvang, though I cannot find any documentation for that anywhere.
And two of the three actors that speak Danish, are Swedes. I guess there aren't too many Danes around in California...

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I can definitely foresee a custody battle. Her sister is a complete bitch, but I can understand her logic behind not wanting to expose Stevie to who 'Aunt Nancy' REALLY is. I mean, I believe it's devastating, and I want Nancy to regain custody over her son, but come on. Why the hell would you actually TAKE the suitcase full of explosives out of the trunk, and then proceed to carry it around with you? Where are you going to take them, your 'half-way house' in which they perform sporadic, unforeseen searches? Yeah. Smart. That's definitely the way to stay out of prison, and regain custody of your child.

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Andy is NOT running for office. Christiania, where he is, is NOT a city or town itself, it's a part of Copenhagen, the capital and largest city in Denmark (where I live). It's called a freetown (Fristad) and it's a place where cannabis once was sold freely on the street called "Pusher Street". I like that they actually speak danish in this episode and that it's been shot at the real location...

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Man was this ever disappointing, just kick in the crotch for anyway who cared to watch the last two seasons, this show just gets more and more ridiculous, its just didn't jump the shark it rocketed into orbit, hopefully this will be the last season, its funny I almost hope something bad happens to Nancy shes no longer a sympathetic character

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After skipping the Mexico years, I watched last night as I waited with anticipation for The Big C. I remembered why I stopped watching. What started out as an amusing storyline about a woman who needed to make ends meet to save her family has turned into a story about horrible woman and crappy mother who will do anything BUT get out of the crime world. When a character keeps going further down, I just lose interest. There isn't one character worth cheering for on Weeds any longer. It stayed long past it's shelf date.

Weeds Season 7 Episode 1 Quotes

I thought they were saying bi-Andy. What? You do shave your legs.

Doug

Nancy: Where's Agent Lipschitz?
Official: Maybe he's somewhere trying to change his name.