Girls Review: Realistic Avoidance or Avoiding Reality?

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No doubt by now you've heard of this little show on HBO called Girls. Whether you loved, hated or just plain didn't understand the hype of it, there's a strong possibility you tuned in to see what all the buzz was about. Tonight's episode, "Vagina Panic," brought us week two of neurotic Hannah and her three friends living in Brooklyn.

There is just no way I'm going to please everyone with my review since it seems people are staunchly planted on either side of the fence with the show, so I'm gonna break it down for y'all into what I liked and didn't like about the episode. 

Girls on a Bench

Great Moments:

Hannah googling sex and getting paranoid. Well, first of all, that whole googling situation is hilarious. If you are in any way, shape or form a neurotic individual, never google symptoms and questions. This applies to sex questions, general illnesses and conspiracy theories. Your mind will go to some dark dark places. But why did she need Marnie to make her an STD test appointment? Girl you are 24, find a regular gynecologist!!! 

Jessa's blatant hatred for all of the "supposed-tos" in life. (For the full quote, check our Girls quotes section.) Finally a woman after my own heart! Don't get me wrong, I pay attention to all of the "He's Just Not That Into You" and "Think Like a Man" crap (fine I saw that movie today) but I refuse to live my life according to anyone's rules, particularly Patti Stanger's. Thanks, but no thanks. 

Marnie's attempt to blame Charlie for the fact that she's just bored in their relationship. I'm not saying this is a "great" thing but it's realistic. People get comfortable, especially in relationships at a young age, and they try and make up a million excuses before just accepting that they aren't happy.

Grating Missteps:

Hannah having sex with a dude who not only treats her heart like "monkey meat" but wants her to indulge in pedophile themed role play. RUN FOR THE DOOR NOW HANNAH! An 11-year-old junkie with a cabbage patch kids lunchbox? OMG I was horrified. He's also a complete skeeve in every other way. I was reading another review of Girls and the author said "Oh well he doesn't take Hannah on dates because he's broke." No he doesn't take Hannah on dates because he doesn't want to and he has girls coming over who don't ask him to use condoms. Adam is a scumbag.

Shoshanna. I hate to put a whole character into my dislike category but Shoshanna hasn't piqued my interest at all in the first two episodes. It's not even her vocabulary because I'd be lying through my teeth if I said I didn't use words like "obvi" and "totes" (I know, ew) but her voice just kills me. She's just not really interesting at all and I have no clue where her character arc is going. I will say I giggled about her not wanting to try pot because she thinks it will make her hyper. She could use a little pot.

I love that Marnie threw out her past obsession with "Rent" because who hasn't been there? But I really don't think anyone moves to New York because of it. Spoiler alert: not everyone lives happily ever after. That said, great soundtrack.

Other Stuff:

  • It turns out it doesn't matter that Jessa missed her abortion appointment because it appears by that scene in the bathroom that she's miscarried. Or was never pregnant and just late with her period.
  • Hannah blows what was almost a great job interview by bringing up the subject of date rape. There's a lesson to be learned here kids.
  • The girls were eating Tasti-D-Lite which would be realistic... a few years ago. It's all about Pinkberry and 16 Handles in NYC right now; just calling it like it is. 

Okay so that's my whole manifesto about this week's episode of Girls. Where does everyone else weigh in? Is this the "voice of a generation"? Is it overhyped? Does it have potential? Hit the comments!

Vagina Panic Review

Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Girls Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Ok I think I got everything, testicles, spectacles, wallet, and watch.


Jessa: It's pot, do you want some?
Shoshanna: Oh no, I'm hyper enough already.