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by far the best series
on 18 April 2009
In my opinion this is by far the best season, with just the right balance of humour and drama. The relationships in this season are all realistically developed - especially, and most surprisingly, between Shane and her little brother. I don't want to spoil anything but this is most moving and also frustrating; and the way it leads to a relationship between Shane and Page is totally convincing (much more so than her relationship with Carmen). Cybil Shepherd also gives a stunning performance, portraying the pain of unrequited love so convincingly I almost found it difficult to watch.
So are there any flaws? Yes, a few, as there are with anything. A major flaw for me is the way Dana has virtually been forgotten. Although there are subtle references to her throughout the series (culminating in a light hearted appearance of her 'ghost'), she is virtually never mentioned. Considering how deeply in love with her Alice was, she would have been in grief for years, and unable to move on to someone else so quickly. I know this is drama, and the writers perhaps felt it would be dragging it out if Alice was in grieving for a long time, but a nod in the direction of realism would have been appreciated. People don't lose loved ones and just move on immediately.
Also the 'ghost' appearance of Dana was bizarre... Alice didn't seem upset or traumatised or even happy about it. I thought her reaction was strange. Perhaps the writers thought that to portray this any other way would be too corny - fair enough - but I didn't really see the point of it.
But apart from those minor quibbles I think this is one of the best series of television I have ever seen - truly first class writing, directing and performances. I hope to see more of the same in season 5.