but often wasted as well in this seasons lopsided plots. Its a shame of what 'could have been' verses what 'was' and developed poorly. Like the short lived 'John in Cincinnati' on HBO and other network shows I tuned out of the hope for Shameless was a long run of solid characters similar to The Sopranos verses a limbo contest of 'how low can each episode go.' V and Kevin's storyline this season was too far as well. The whole gay theme of Frank was something I channel surfed for something else until the story came back to the G family. Now into season 4 of Frank's challenge to 'sober up or die' - there's just so little emotional payoff. Just like Boardwalk Empire the writers and creatives got lost in their success.
Its true, the writing and story lines this season lacked the creativity and 'worth watching' continuing story lines that the First season created so well. The Mandy/Karen 'accident' went too far and too many 'medical' plots have left me cold. Only humorous thing was Karen awakened by Jody from the Coma but a whole episode to wait for that cheap punch line was a waste. Mandy was always a 'temp' and Karen a Lip Hope. The scene on the roof between Karen and Lip was exceptional storytelling and television a season back. The Jimmy/Fiona story could have been developed (and sadly wasn't). For Shameless to work season after season with viewers (retention of an audience) there has to be a balance between the Shameless aspects and the 'hope or dream' of the family to break that cycle. When ALL became shameless it lost its luster for me as a viewer. The Miami Vice aspect of the drug lord/cartel undercurrent for Jimmy lost me as well. His daughter, however, was a nice addition but often wasted as well in this seasons lopsided plots. Its a shame of what 'could have been' verses what 'was' and developed poorly.
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