TV Review: 'Weeds' Season Three
It's even nice to hear the strains of the show's familiar theme song, which manages to get wedged in my head for months at a time whenever Weeds is on. Monday's premiere features
[From here, I'm going into spoiler territory. I won't reveal much about the early episodes of the third season, but if you haven't watched the end of the second, stop reading...]
It's been a long time since Weeds ended its second season, a spectacularly long time given how up-in-the-air things were when last we left. On the verge of unloading a huge amount of product, Nancy (
Meanwhile, Nancy's brother Andy (
The new season begins with a pair of episodes that take place very nearly in real time and pick up in media res with Nancy in the middle of the sort of panic attack that no actress on TV does better than Parker. In season one, Nancy just wanted to sell a little pot to keep her family afloat after the death of her husband. In season two, she attempted to corner the suburban drug trade. It doesn't take long to see that the theme of season three is going to be embracing change and starting over, because creator Jenji Kohan and company obviously aren't interested in letting Nancy slide for any of the trouble she's gotten herself into.
One of the regular complaints about
Perhaps too dark? At times, Nancy's jeopardy in these early episodes has a sexual element that may make some viewers a bit uncomfortable, particularly given how prolonged the early-season tension is. Things are so busy that Martin Donovan's apparently deceased Peter is barely mentioned until the third episodes and it isn't until episode four that
Parker's ability to capture Nancy's blend of nervous energy and laconic suburban ennui remains the show's centerpiece and she's a bit of island in the early episodes, as the other characters are left to deal with their own serious problems. Andy's back on the military's radar. Dean (Andy Milder) and Celia (Elizabeth Perkins) are pushing on with their divorce (
Damn. Now I've got that pesky song stuck in my head again.