There are about a thousand deep, narrative and structural problems with this show, but the key one, IMHO, is that TPTB want you to care whether or not Hank and Karen get/remain together, and I just don't. They're both slimy, awful, irresponsible characters who can't seem to leave the past in the past. And that was signaled from the very first season, when Hank appeared to have achieved a growth moment and gotten over Karen getting married to someone else, and then Karen bolted from the wedding ceremony before saying "I do." Since then, the show has just been the Eternal Return, with Hank mooning over Karen, showing up at her house and feeding her cheesy lines about how wild he is for her, then having sex with anyone who looks at him crosswise. I mean honestly, who cares what happens to him or to her?
Posted Oct 26, 2013 @ 1:16 PM
I had a hard time finding this thread!
Is this next season (set for early 2014) the final season? I sort of had a feeling that it would be, based on the end of the previous season. I assumed that S7 was going to be one long stretch of, 'Can Karen get over herself long enough to realize that she and Hank have to be together once and for all' nonsense.
I suspect that Heather Graham being thrown into the mix as someone important from Hank's past means that this will be one last test of the Hank-Karen bond before the series ends (if it does end). Heather Graham's character probably won't be a crazy stalker, or a groupie, or a stripper, or anyone that might not be taken seriously in the big picture. She will probably be a viable, serious candidate for Hank's love -- and that is why she will be a genuine threat to Hank and Karen as a couple.
This is one of those situations in which I would be sad to see a show I have watched from the beginning go away, but at the same time I am getting tired of some of the characters and the plots. I have always loved David Duchovny in almost anything he's done, and I think that no one else could have played Hank as well as he has, but if all that's happening in the show is that Hank is pining away for Karen and spewing out witty one-liners I get bored. I feel like the writers need to mix it up and keep Hank and Karen out of each other's lives for a while.
I don't think I ever cared about the Hank-Karen relationship as much as the writers have wanted me to. By now I am just tired of them as a pair. Karen annoys me singularly. They annoy me together. Becca annoys me too.
I just want something different to happen. My favorite season of this show so far has been S3, because it was so crazy with all of the different Hank girlfriends, Kathleen Turner and Rick Springfield, etc. Even seasons 1 and 2 were a bit edgier and darker in places. Since S3 ended I think everything has been mostly about Hank and Karen, star-crossed lovers, and I just don't care. For once I would like to see Hank get together with a woman he actually, truly falls for -- someone who actually makes him forget about Karen for 2 seconds, or at least stop mooning over her. I don't think any of his relationships with women are ever very believable because he never really stops thinking about Karen!