I watched the first season of Shameless when it originally aired, but didn’t really watch it, just had it on as background noise, couldn’t tell you want happened if my life depended on it. In a few week period from the middle of February to the beginning of March I rewatched season 1 for real, and went through seasons 2 and 3 in a matter of a handful of days and eventually caught up with the current season two weeks ago.
The fourth season is like a huge slap of reality to the Gallagher’s. Frank’s drinking finally caught up with him, never did imagine anything like the Hospice episode earlier on. Fiona was always resourceful and mindful enough to get out of any situation, not this time. Lip never took anything seriously, but now that his future (and scholarship) are on the line things are different. Ian is hyper, loose and carefree, not worried about if/when the Army catches up to him. Deb and the 20 year old boyfriend is just strange.
Maybe this season is meant to be some turning point, and while I’m not saying this season is bad, it just is not as comedicly (not a word I know) twisted as the past. The Aunt Ginger episodes were beyond hilarious, Deb stealing the baby from the Birthday party was funny. The whole thing with Sheila, Eddie and ‘Daddyz Girl’ Karen made a nice side story in season one that continued a bit in season two. Having Frank lose Liam, Gallagher Summer Daycare, the weed ice cream truck, Carl ‘getting cancer’ and having it ‘cured’ in one summer, those were some funny and creative situations. Season 4 has been a huge wakeup call and has had much more serious tones, except for Carl.
I can’t stand binge watching shows, and hardly ever do it, but with the first three seasons, I was literally saying to myself ‘just one more episode for tonight’ as the clock was approaching midnight when I was knocking off 4-5 episodes a night. Right from the get go Season 4 didn’t do much for me. Finally watched this past Sunday’s episode last night. Similar thing happened to me with Homeland. Seasons 1 and 2, I’d watch live with excitement and anticipation and not being able to wait for the following week. And season 3 was just eh and it and episodes would sit on the DVR for a few days before I got around to watching it. Same thing is happening now with Shameless season 4.
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