Monday, March 18, 2013

Natalia



I'm not aware of Lena Dunham making any response to the furor over the Adam/Natalia sex scene in last week's Girls. She didn't have to. Dunham knew the whole time that she had this week's Adam/Natalia interaction in her pocket, a brief scene in which we learn that Shiri Appleby's Natalia has both resumed the relationship and asserted her right not to be a part of Adam's sexual fantasies. I like this take on Natalia as a sort of mirror of Dunham's devising, one that's supposed to show exactly how insular and far from together Hannah, Marnie, and Shoshanna are. (Though I actually enjoyed the Ray/Shoshanna story line.) I don't agree that Adam's drinking is irrelevant to this storyline, as I argued elsewhere I think there is a pretty clear arc that led Adam to last week's crisis, but I do think we could all use more Natalia. (LA Review of Books)
In the second season of Deadwood, all of the characters are embroiled in their usual hijinks, and the town is beset by the arrival of a man named Wolcott who goes on a murderous rampage that sets the town on edge. But, at the end of the season, the real crisis arrives in the form of that man’s employer George Hearst. If Wolcott’s violence was part of the town’s landscape, Hearst’s arrival is a sundering of that landscape. It’s hard for me not to think of Natalia as this season’s George Hearst. We’ve spent a season of television ruminating on the idea of maturity within this expanded but still insular group, just the way Deadwood’s second season had dealt with the contours of evil within its own local geography. Little did our band of merry hipsters know, but there is such a thing as a young adult in the world, and she is not cool with crawling around on your filthy floor.

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