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Shows signs of probable irreversible failure.
on 7 July 2014
If I cleanse my mind of the last episode and think objectively, season 6 was passably pleasant. There were some good elements and characters but there were also some absolutely awful points. First, the awful:
1) the hologram at the funeral - when Californication ends, this will be a top contender for the 'jumping the shark' moment
2) Marilyn Manson's cameos - he's past his prime musically and physically; his cameos just feel like a marketing exec's plan for extra 'celeb' exposure
3) the god-awful continuing 'will-they-won't-they' of Karen and Hank - this really was the 'suspicious chocolate' icing on the cake of the last episode
4) the re-use of Lew Ashby via dream-sequence - Lew was certainly one of my favourite characters but dream sequences really don't belong in CF (except the opening of the pilot)
The good points:
1) Bates returns every so often, always welcome in my book
2) the episode about critiquing showed how Faith had true potential as a parallel with the Greek muses; I've always been unsure about whether CF is a subtly intelligent show with allusions to great literature like Gatsby (season 2) or Lolita (season 3) but said allusions are always weak at best. It was nice having the parallel of Hank critiquing Becca and then himself getting blasted, but it did feel rather alone is an otherwise aimless season
3) Rob Lowe makes another appearance, although I accept that that may be a bad point for some
4) Stephen Tobolowsky - it's a pity he's not in it more
5) Tim Minchin - again, some people hate his character and the whole wild, sex-crazed rockstar has been done several times before but I still like him
So, yeah; if you're a dyed-in-the-wool fan then go ahead and watch season 6. But if you're new to CF or just want to keep your good memories of the early seasons then just pretend Hank drowned in the pool or from the psycho-ex's pills.