How far will Nancy Botwin go to protect her family? From one crazy extreme to the next like she usually does on Showtimes Weeds, now in its 6th season.
Weeds has followed how Nancy (Mary Louise Parker) evolved from a pot selling widow to support her sons Silas (Hunter Parrish) and Shane (Alexander Gould) to marrying dangerous crime lord/wannabe politician Esteban. She also sired her son Stephen with as an unplanned insurance policy. Her latest disaster involved Shane killing female rival Pilar after she threatened Nancy’s life in an effort to protect her. Nancy, the kids and her former brother-in-law Andy Botwin (Justin Kirk) decide to go on the run to keep Shane safe from the cops and Esteban. The Botwins sacrificed their identities and created false ones to remain below the radar. Nancy also had to worry about her friend Doug Wilson (Kevin Nealon) who managed to create messes out of the best intentions. Doug’s latest attempt might ultimately put the Newmans (the family’s new name) in even more danger than they expected. Can Nancy really remain hidden for long with Esteban looking for her? Will it all blow up in her face like her plans usually do?
Like previous seasons, Weeds has excelled primarily based on how far the cast was willing to go for their characters. Parker has managed to make the disaster prone Nancy likable, even when viewers should loathe Nancy’s impulsive lifestyle choices. Her fast decisions may have unintentionally turned Shane into a killer. Instead of fixing problems, Nancy often fled and made new ones in the process. Kirk has become Parker’s partner in reckless mayhem. He managed to bring levity to a character that audiences should write off as a pathetic loser, but Kirk made Andy worth watching. A prime example would be when Andy ran away while his now ex-girlfriend was being held hostage. He came back but the damage was already done. Hopefully, Weeds doesn’t take their newest setting too far into the situational comedy territory because an ordinary Weeds isn’t worth watching at all.
Weeds premiered on August 16th and airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on Showtime.
Verdict: A show that attempts to resurrect itself when it veers too far off course is back to basics.
TV Score: 2.5 out 5 stars
1 Star (Mediocre)
2 Stars (Averagely Entertaining)
3 Stars (Decent Enough to Pass Muster)
4 Stars (Near Perfect)
5 Stars (Gold Standard)