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As I was watching Weeds last night on my computer I was thinking about how something about the show was very unsettling. This feeling only came up now that I’m starting the 4th season. You see, the main characters have left town and it’s all taking place in a totally different location. In fact, because of this, many of the extra characters that make the show what it is are barely in it because they are still in the original location.

Am I making sense? Probably not but I’ll keep going anyway.

So this got me thinking about all the other shows I have loved and how they always had a basic central location whether it was the funeral home on Six Feet Under or just New York City on Sex and the City. I mean, if Carrie up and moved to New Jersey, the show would not work.

My thought is that maybe a show needs a place to call home, to always somehow keep the characters grounded. It could even just be a place of work like the CSI headquarters.

Then it occurred to me that one of my favorite shows there really is no place to call home and that is Dexter. He sort of had his apartment but it was only for him and given he never really feels at home anywhere I think the show was setup not to have a central location, other than Miami. That being said, the show wouldn’t work if it was moved to Texas. Right?

Often with a show coming to it’s last episode the characters end up moving out of that place and moving on, which is why it’s the end. It’s like saying, now that we’re leaving the place this show calls home it’s time for the show itself to say goodbye. Like on Friends when they leave the apartment and give back their keys.

I’m still hoping on Weeds they find a way to correct this because I miss certain characters that just seemed to disappear and I miss the interaction with all the characters that are now just strays. The show has a lost feeling right now (not lost as in Lost the show) because everyone seems to be drifting, probably because most of them are on the run.

I guess that is to be expected with a show centered around an illegal drug , which I guess maybe is the only thing they can call home.

12 Comments

  1. B

    January 6, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Good point about Dexter! I’d def. agree with Miami being the “Home” but maybe also the police headquarters? That’s where you see most of the characters together at the same time?

    Now I’m thinking about the “Home” for all my shows! lol

    1. Robin

      January 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

      @B, I thought of that but it doesn’t really have a HOME feel to me, I’m not sure why. Maybe because nothing really seems to happen there, not with Dexter anyway. Things always happen out and about.

  2. Grant

    January 6, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Not that this has anything to do with your post, but the Hurt Locker was Ebert’s runner-up for the movie of the decade and it’s back in theaters around here. GO NOW!

    1. Robin

      January 6, 2010 at 6:35 pm

      @Grant, wait, so you want me to see Hurt Locker?

  3. Amanda

    January 6, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I stopped watching Nip/Tuck when they moved to LA. Home was supposed to be Miami

    1. Robin

      January 6, 2010 at 6:35 pm

      @Amanda, Yeah I agree, totally. I only watch it when I’m bored but it mostly just makes me cringe now.

  4. Nenette

    January 6, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Excellent point. I almost lost it when Rachel & Monica switched apartments with Chandler and Joey. They didn’t feel grounded with that simple move, and they were in the same building!

    1. Robin

      January 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm

      @Nenette, I completely agree, the show was pretty much going downhill from there, it was never quite the same.

  5. BOSSY

    January 6, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Bossy had to read this post with one eye closed because she was worried there’d be a spoiler. You see, Bossy is one season behind because Bossy is on welfare. (Sung to the tune of Eddie Murphy Live, his Green Pepper Burger bit.)

    1. Robin

      January 6, 2010 at 6:43 pm

      @BOSSY, Robin understands.

  6. submom

    January 7, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Great, interesting, point. And you made perfect sense.

  7. Jen

    January 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    great now I wanna watch WEEDS!

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