Girls just wanna have fun…and sex…and drugs

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Sophia Kim, Staff Writer

The widely acclaimed HBO comedy Girls entered a new season with a fresh start and the same humor that the fans fell in love with during the first season.

After winning the Golden Globe for lead actress in a TV comedy or musical, Girls returned with characters who were closer to finding and reaching who they were meant to be, but still needed to clean up the mess they left behind after the first season.  In the meantime, the girls still make more wrong turns than right.

Lena Dunham keeps the show raw, hilarious, and uncensored as the characters attempt to reestablish themselves.

So far in the second season, the characters seem to have switched places with each other as they attempt to leave their old selves behind.  Hannah (Lena Dunham) skirts outside of her comfort zone and more towards Jessa’s (Jemima Kirke) neighborhood as she shuts her ex-boyfriend Adam (Adam Sackler) out of her life and hooks up with a different guy in just about each episode.

Viewers are glad to see Hannah taking control of her love life with Adam, though she’s probably going to regret random hook-ups on a daily basis. Adam does evoke pity and sympathy as he finally reveals a desperate side, confessing his undying love and desire for Hannah.  It’s too bad she doesn’t want him anymore.

The former playgirl, Jessa (Jemima Kirke), exchanges her position for that of a newlywed.  She married Thomas (Chris O’Dowd) a week after their first encounter, and it’s still unclear if she’s ready for a permanent change of pace or just looking for another distraction.

It’s a little hard to believe Jessa lost her promiscuous side, after all the men she went through in the first season, but maybe, just maybe, Thomas is her significant other who can keep her and her lust grounded.  For now.

Marnie (Allison Williams) resembles Hannah from the previous season as her life spirals out of control and she loses her job, her boyfriend, and allegedly, her best friend, Hannah.  She used to be the most put-together out of all the girls combined, but feels herself losing her grip as she faces the harsh realities of adulthood.

To be honest, it’s refreshing to see Marnie lose control and have to put the pieces of her life back together bit by bit, since she was always the one who advised or chastised her friends about their predicaments.

Besides, catfights are always fun to watch, especially since Audrey (Audrey Gelman), with her spontaneity, is the total opposite of Marnie.

The romance between Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) is truly adorable and tear jerking, as corny as it may seem.

Actually, if it weren’t for the actors’ skills and intuition, their romantic scenes would be corny and embarrassing to watch (such as the scene in episode four when the train conveniently passes by as Shoshanna confesses she’s falling in love with Ray).

To be honest, I’m waiting for either Jessa or Marnie to find out she is a lesbian, since it wouldn’t hurt to widen the sexual diversity of the show, although there is Elijah (Andrew Rannells), who is questioning the possibility of being bisexual after a sexual encounter with Marnie.

Lena Dunham continues to impress fans with incredibly funny and raw story lines, culminating in the characters’ clarity about themselves as each episode airs.