As someone who's been very vocal about my nuanced dislike for Girls, it both shocks and pains me to say this, but I like — no, I love — the second season of the divisive HBO comedy. Well, at least the four episodes I've seen so far. There's always a chance the series will nosedive starting in Episode 5, but as of now, the show has completely reinvented itself in my mind. And for all you other Girls haters out there, let me explain why I firmly advocate that you give the show another chance.Lena Dunham) in the beginning of a new relationship with the Anti-Adam, a black Republican named Sandy (Donald Glover). With so much of last season dedicated to Hannah's subservient relationship with Adam, it's refreshing to explore the way she interacts with other, saner men. But don't worry: Hannah's still just as neurotic. which is, after all, a huge reason her character resonates so well. After Sandy says he loves how weird she is, Hannah tells him, "Don't say love to me. ... I don't wanna hear any love."It's one of those moments that walks the fine line between making you want to gently hold her and making you want to violently shake her. Anyone who's ever been in a relationship half as twisted or as soul-sucking as Hannah and Adam's understands, but anyone who hasn't (or just refuses to acknowledge they have) simply wants to murder her.30 Rock. (Yes, 30 Rock might have done it in a much more lighthearted manner, but the message was generally the same.)After saying she'd never considered the fact that Sandy was black, Hannah proudly declares she doesn't "live in a world where there are divisions like that." Sandy quickly shatters her self-righteous myth of a post-racial society, calling her "insane" for never acknowledging he was black, "because that's what I am." It's one of those perfect scenes that I found myself watching over and over again, until I had nearly every line memorized. But what I love most about their fight is that Hannah isn't really upset about their political or racial differences. She's hurt because he didn't like her writing and it's easier to blame The Republican than acknowledge the idea that maybe she isn't "the voice of my generation."
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