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Californication Review: Dazed and Confused

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"Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be" took us to television purgatory and wavered somewhere between a good and bad episode. Sadly, though, the season five finale of Californication leaned toward the latter.

The set of Santa Monica Cop was a fitting backdrop for what was a very Hollywood summation to several storylines developed over the course of the last few episodes. Samurai dealt with Tyler, as did Hank, who also confessed to having his own relations with Kali and - for the cherry on top - Charlie took a bullet for his dear friend and client. thereby putting an end to their recently stewed beef. Umm... right.

The initial scene with Lou Ashby was by far the best part of tonight's finale. I even gave Richard's call of the wild speech to Karen and Hank a tip of my cap, but from there the episode went steadily downhill, with Marcy and Charlie's interactions giving just a slight pulse to the otherwise cold finish. 

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Karen's speech to Hank was nothing we haven't heard before. Hank's solution to everything is to run? She wanted him to stay in one place and just live life with her? Finales are meant to leave the viewer with something to ponder and look forward to in the off season. All we got tonight were reruns and leftovers.

The murder suicide angle seemed like a convenient and easy way to close out the season as fans were left to wonder what went wrong. The only thing I could think of was that maybe the whole episode was some delirious dream Hank was having after being drugged and Season 6 will open with him recovering in the hospital. That, too, would be weak sauce, but like I said, I was left holding my hands in the air asking: what just happened? 

I appeal to you: What can next season offer up that will bring us back for more? I will certainly tune in when the time comes for more memorable Californication quotes like there were tonight, despite the lack of a cohesive plot, but something has got to change. It seems fitting that the show's production company is Aggressive Mediocrity Inc. because that's exactly what Californication is headed toward unless something is done to breathe life back into this series. 

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Editor Rating: 2.5 / 5.0
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It's clear by now that Hank is unable or unwilling to become a one-woman man. I assumed from the beginning of the series that we would see him eventually realize the error of his womanizing ways and become a devoted husband to Karen. This was to be his character arc. Okay, so now it's crystal that he enjoys the wild life too much to ever give it up. Great. I actually like to think of Hank as a wild ladies' man. But the problem is the last two or three seasons were all pretty much the same. Everyone except Hank knows he won't change his lifestyle. Hank gets drunk, bangs a new chick, and repeat. And repeat. Since character development isn't going to happen, why continue with the series? I enjoy Hank's witticisms, but they alone aren't enough to make for a compelling television show.

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Season 5 ending was the biggest let down ever....did they get some daytime soap hack to write that shit? COME-ON?!?!?! So disappointed :(

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Been out of the loop this Spring, so I took advantage of the holiday weekend to watch the entire season 5 in three sittings. Still one of the smartest, hippest, funniest, most tragic shows on tv. Flirted dangerously at times with becoming a self-parody, but enough comic gold & SoCal truth to be worth enduring the occasional pitch problems. "Hell Ain't..." was surreal throughout. After the obvious bar dream sequence with Ashby, the rest of the episode was TOO idyllic to lend any comfort or encouragement that Hank's pathetic existence had taken a positive turn. Season 6 will reveal that the entire affair was an alcohol-fueled dream on the plane to NY. The very fact that the plot lines weren't believable is proof enough that they shouldn't be. Kampinos is better than that. In fact, my vision for the series' ultimate conclusion is that the entire show was a "show within a show" with David Duchovny playing Hank Moody, as written by the "real" Hank Moody, played in the series finale by Charlie Sheen. The ironic end-joke will be the deterioration in the show's quality and viewership which leads to its cancellation and a pulling back of the curtain on the behind-the-set "reality." Read more tv spoilers at: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2012/...

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Been out of the loop this Spring, so I took advantage of the holiday weekend to watch the entire season 5 in three sittings. Still one of the smartest, hippest, funniest, most tragic shows on tv. Flirted dangerously at times with becoming a self-parody, but enough comic gold & SoCal truth to be worth enduring the occasional pitch problems. "Hell Ain't..." was surreal throughout. After the obvious bar dream sequence with Ashby, the rest of the episode was TOO idyllic to lend any comfort or encouragement that Hank's pathetic existence had taken a positive turn. Season 6 will reveal that the entire affair was an alcohol-fueled dream on the plane to NY. The very fact that the plot lines weren't believable is proof enough that they shouldn't be. Kampinos is better than that. In fact, my vision for the series' ultimate conclusion is that the entire show was a "show within a show" with David Duchovny playing Hank Moody, as written by the "real" Hank Moody, played in the series finale by Charlie Sheen. One of the ironic end-jokes will be the deteriorating quality of the show that ultimately led to its cancellation.

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Been out of the loop this Spring, so I took advantage of the holiday weekend to watch the entire season 5 in three sittings. Still one of the smartest, hippest, funniest, most tragic shows on tv. Flirted dangerously at times with becoming a self-parody, but enough comic gold & to be worth enduring the

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Seems this season was very underrated. I thought the character of Hank turned a corner, matured, became more real. The constant balance between knowing what was Right and doing the right thing, relative to other people, was brilliant and that constant tension in Hank's moral compass was one of the seasons highlights. I'm not sure why so many people get outraged by the lack of complex female characters. The show is written by a man, from the point of a man, funneled through a male lead character who embodies all the best and worst male traits in a kind of hyper realist fashion. The women on the show are projections from that view. They are mostly Virgin Mary types or Whores. Nay much space between. I don't think it's a negative portrayal, just an honest one. The show doesn't pretend to know and truly understand women and thus, neither does Hank. Karen and Becca will always be a symbolic shelter for Hank, a moral compass to which he doesn't always follow. Without those two on the show, Hank would just be another bore, a dome a dozen hedonist. That dynamic between those two lives is what has always given the show a bit or grit and foundation. I thought Hank grew up this season and, in the process, became one of the more interesting and complicated characters in television. Maybe it was a bit too subtle for some but I say, long may it continue!

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It's hilarious seeing people defend this season as all about catching laughs and tail. Anyone who thinks 12 episodes are justified to the w*nk bank clearly doesn't get enough of either. Californication stated off as a real two finger salute to the establishment packed with great writing and complex characters. This season had none of that and beared more of a resemblance to A Crazy Little Thing Called Love than it did to God Hates Us All. Lazy, uninspiring and tedious titillation that Hank would disown if he were real. Tom Kapinos needs to give serious thought as to whether he has anything new to say because all I saw was a bunch of tired and rehashed scenarios by people who are having more fun making the show than we are watching it. Nailed it! Muthafucka!!

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For people saying that it was so unrealistic that hank would fist bump samurai at the end and be like It's cool was retarded then you obviously have not been paying any attention to this show. Hank is a pacifist, a lover not a fighter, for him to be all like crazy and dramatic would have been retarded if it was Charlie it would have made sense but its Hank it is his character and he did just as I expected mutha fucka.

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This has been my favorite television show for a while, but I'm running short of interest. The first season was, in my opinion, the best single season of any television series ever made. I can admit that I am fond of happy endings, so factor that in. The writers need to decide if the worldview of the show is "love conquers all" or "people like Hank are f*cked and beyond redemption". If I want to hear a downer sermon about consequences (complete with references to hell) then I'll go to church. I have been disappointed with a final episode before in this series but I haven't felt this resentful for wasting my time this much since the finale of The Killing.

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how would hank know the drink is drugged. hes never even known her to take pills. shes crazy but i dont think he knew she would try and kill him. the fact is lonely nerds and lonlier critics didnt like this season because it was about being cool and getting with women and you cant relate. as clear by this reveiwer taking 30 mins to talk about a show lol

Californication Season 5 Episode 12 Quotes

Welcome to the place where time stands still, where whiskey flows and always will. Your liver never pickles your heart never aches. You can fuck till your dick is cunt-ent.

Lou

No matter how beautiful the grounds this place is a zoo and I'm a wild animal.

Richard
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