With the sixth and final season of Girls just around the corner, HBO has released Girls Season Five on Blu-ray and DVD. This comedy/drama/romance series focuses on a group of twenty-something ladies growing in life and love in the big city. Created by Lena Dunham, this show has some very quirky but lifelike and lovable characters getting themselves into some insane situations. But has the show run its course? Or does it still have legs after five years? Let’s take a look.
So when reviewing a TV show release for it’s fifth season, there are a few ways you can go. Obviously anyone looking at this page has seen at least some of the show, or are at least interested enough in trying it out that they are checking out a season five review. So when approaching a review like this, really what you as the reader are looking for is a yes or no in terms of if the show is still putting out what you expect or want out of it. The trick is not spoiling much or any of the story while compelling you to either spend your money on the release or to skip it altogether. So let me do my best.
Girls, as a series, started out very strong. It surprised me quite a bit how entertaining it was for me as a 29 year old male. Granted, I don’t mind romantic comedies, so your mileage will likely vary, but needless to say, it’s very well put together and took off. The show is crude, funny, interesting, and full of heart. So if you haven’t been up to date, I encourage you to check out the show for yourself and get caught up. Actually, I take that back. What I mean by “caught up” is actually more like “watch until you lose interest or catch up.” The show has a bit of a dip where it turns almost soapy around season four.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, though. While Girls season five starts off sort of scattered and weak, it ends up finding itself again not too far in and ends on a much higher note than season four. I can’t exactly put my finger on why this is, but the best way I can describe it is that some of the situations don’t feel all that natural to the characters earlier on in this season. Sometimes you think that things are happening just to happen, not because they should or would happen.
To answer my original question about if the show has run it’s course or not, it is really hard to say. There are definitely some stories with these characters that are worth watching in the tail end of this series, and I have high hopes that they can wrap it up strong with the sixth and final season this year, but the show as a whole definitely had a tough time keeping things as fresh and interesting throughout, which is a bummer.
In the end, fans of the show will be glad to know that season five hits a bit of a course correction, adds some new and interesting plot points, and sets up the series to end on a high note. If you haven’t seen the other seasons, or didn’t like what you’ve seen so far, this season won’t be enough to turn you around.
As far as picture and audio quality is concerned, anyone who knows a thing or two about HBO series should know that they do quality, through and through. Shot digitally, the colors and contrast are top notch and textures are popping in almost every scene. Shoshanna’s trip to Japan has some very impressive scenes with gorgeous colors (as you can see in the screenshot above). Similarly, the audio track is well mixed, with nothing getting lost in the ambient sound or soundtrack.
Here’s where things take a bit a turn for the worse in Girls Season Five. In previous seasons, there were several behind the scenes and commentary tracks included, but this year not so much. In fact, when compared to the other four seasons we have the least amount of extras in this set.
I can understand that there would be less to say after five years of commentary tracks and behind the scenes features, but I have to imagine there are some good stories about filming this season, so I’m left a bit disappointed. Never the less, this year we have the following extra features:
- 18 deleted scenes
- 2 Inside the Episode featurettes
In terms of packaging, as always, even with their more standard releases, HBO puts out a good looking set. The slipcover feels to be of slightly thicker stock than the standard slips we see from bigger studios. The art on the slip matches the outside of the two sided sleeve. Inside there are two Blu-ray discs with “Girls” written on them that line up nicely with the same word written on the inside of the sleeve, which is a nice touch. They’ve also included an episode list on the inside of the sleeve as well. Last, they’ve also included a slip with the UV code.
Girls Season Five Final Thoughts:
The long and the short of it is you already know if you’re interested in seeing Girls Season Five. If you’ve seen up to this point just know that the show does get a bit better and looks to be heading in the right direction for a strong ending. If you haven’t seen any of the show I suggest giving it a try, because it does a lot of things right, even if it gets a bit soapy along the way.
You can purchase it here on Amazon.
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