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Weeds Review: Setting a Gooooooaaaaal

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I'm sorry, but I don't know if there's a puppet master controlling the universe. That's above my pay grade as a TV critic.

But my main criticism of Weeds for the past couple seasons, and one highlighted on "Red In the Tooth and Claw," is that it is overly transparent on a weekly basis that the show is penned by a puppet master, creator Jenji Kohan.

There's no real flow to any episode. There doesn't feel like there's any grand plan to a season. Events don't feel organic, they feel too clearly staged by the writing staff.

Nancy with Stevie

In this instance, Silas happens to make a nut job of an acquaintance. I find it VERY difficult to believe he'd entrust his beloved stash to a complete stranger, but it was necessary on the writers' part here in order to move things along. Logic was thrown out the window in favor of an attempt to shock the viewer.

There's also been Doug's random Ambien addiction and, of course, Andy just having women throwing themselves his way left and right. The fact that he acknowledges this - in a monologue that ran for way, way, way too long - doesn't change the fact that Weeds feels less like an organized show at the moment and more like a series of random events.

I asked this question last week and need to ask it again: what is driving the season? There are only a handful of episodes remaining in the life of Weeds and there's a major lack of tension at the moment.

It's impressive that Nancy is really trying to wood chip her way out of the drug business, but I can't think of a single storyline that is making me anxious for next Sunday night at 10.

And sex just isn't enough. Every single major character tonight either had sex, made an attempt to have sex or turned down an offer for sex. There was sex on a fire escape. Sex on a roller rink. A proposition made in a bedroom, outside of a pool with a total stranger.

I've been loyal to Weeds for seven-plus seasons and I'm certainly not giving up on it now, so close to the end. But I'm simply bored so far, there's no other way to put it. I hope Johan proves me wrong, but when she lets Andy ramble on for a solid two minutes about some theory based on reincarnation, I can't help but wonder if she really has run out of ideas of where to go next.

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Time to let them go out gracefully, but it may be 2 seasons 2 late.

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I have to wonder how you can wonder whether or not Kohan has run out of ideas; I think that it is painfully obvious. This season (much like the last two) is just absurd. I don't feel I need to cite all of the reasons, you have been doing quite well at it. It kind of reminds me of what happened to The Simpsons:(can't recall the season, but quite a while ago) the writers stopped making the show like the classic Simpsons episodes with a plot and coherent story, and just decided to turn everyone in Springfield into irrational lunatics in order to come up with new situations each week. Weeds still has its moments, but it just isn't like it used to be. P.S.- you called her Johan in the last paragraph. Just FYI so you can fix it if you want.

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Continued - When they were signed on for a Season 8, they had to go in a new direction. I personally like the way they're going. I could be completely wrong and at the end of this season I may be completely upset that Nancy dies, or is murdered, or gets out of the business completely. I don't know what is going to happen, but the slow pace staying on the "comedic" track has got me hooked.

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I would just like to say that I agree with your comments about the season being a bit slow and, at times, even boring. But they're going for an ending not a cliffhanger to get you to the next episode. Look at it from that angle instead of wanting a season 1 or 2 where everything kept you on the edge of your seat and Nancy was riding off into the sunset with the town of Agrestic burning in the background. Jenji Kohan said there were only a few ways for Nancy to end her reign as a Weed dealer. They're taking the safe route in doing that by (I make no guarantees but this is just my guess) getting her into the "medical marijuana" industry because it's relevant today. At least in that instance no one dies and we all go home happy knowing that 8 seasons did not end in a murder. They tried that at the end of 7, and we can all agree that even though we would have been bummed to see it end that way... There was closure in that ending and we could see why it happened. When they were signed on for a Season 8, they had to go in a new direction. I personally like the way they're going. I could be completely wrong and at the end of this season I may be completely upset that Nancy dies, or is murdered, or gets out of the business completely. I don't know what is going to happen, but the slow pace staying on the "comedic" track has got me hooked.