Danielle K. (kaniele85) from WALDPORT, OR Reviewed on 1/18/2013...
Great show, great cast, solid writing, original concepts, as always. This season you really fully realize that everything's going to hell and no one can stop the flaming train from derailing and flying into the abyss. You just can't stop yourself from watching it happen and hoping that everything can somehow be righted, that Agrestic could be rebuilt, that Conrad and Heylia were still there (for better or worse), that Esteban had never come into the picture, and that Guillermo hadn't been this truly horrible person you end up finding out he is. All of that being said, it's a show that, for worse, worse, and even more worse, is absolutely addictive.
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Yet Another High Quality Season
sec127 | Getzville, New York United States | 09/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Showtime's series Weeds is one of the best shows on television. Each season is consistently strong- with engaging, inventive stories, complex charecters and wonderful dark comedy. Mary-Louise Parker is absolutely phenomenal as Nancy Botwin, one of the most complex and uncompromising charecters to ever appear on television. Parker is backed by an always reliable supporting cast who bring humor and heart to the at times, very dark proceedings. Weeds' Fifth Season is the slowest one but that does not mean it's bad. It is the most character driven season, we get to see the true colors of these charecters and what they really want, and at times, its not pretty. Nancy continues her downward spiral and drags her youngest son Shane down with her. Silas becomes the emotional center of this extremely dysfunctional family, and at 18 has become the real father figure. Andy strives to get out of Nancy's grasp and start his own life while Celia tries her hardest to be a different person and at times actually tries to BE Nancy. This season is all about coming to terms with the inevitable and face the consequences. There is plenty here to reward long time fans of the show and viewers interested in the psychological make-up of these crazy charecters. The season finale promises to set up more of the themes established in this season. I cant wait to see what happens next. Weeds is still my personal favorite show on TV, layered, funny, deep and always surprising.
This Season Five DVD set includes the episodes: - Wonderful, Wonderful - Machetes Up Top - Su-Su-Sucio - Super Lucky Happy - Van Nuys - A Modest Proposal - Where the Sidewalk Ends - A Distinctive Horn - Suck 'n' Spit - Perro Insano - Ducks and Tigers - Glue - All About My Mom"
Steady decline since season 3, now it's running on fumes
Alexander M. Walker | Chicago, IL USA | 01/25/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"When did Weeds cease to be Weeds? Was it when Nancy left the drug business to be little more than the manager for a maternity-wares store? Was it when Nancy found herself locked into a relationship with a politician from Mexico? If you're looking for an exact moment, it's when Agrestic burned to the ground, taking with it Nancy Botwin's growhouse and all semblance of what made the show relevant. Since leaving Agrestic, the inherent comedy of a soccer mom selling weed has completely vanished with the story of Nancy's crumbling family taking center stage. What happened to the show I used to enjoy?
The first episode of the fifth season, ends on a note that tells you exactly what has happened to this franchise. Some people will look at it and say, "Awesome, Weeds is still loose." Others will say "What the hell was that?" After twenty-some minutes of Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) stressing over whether or not shady lover Esteban (Demian Bichir), a Mexican politician, will have her killed for carrying his baby, she wanders into a mini-mall, distraught and with a smoothie in hand. Suddenly, a flash mob breaks out, and people begin dancing to Michael Franti and Spearhead's "I Love You". The song certainly fits with Weeds' free-love policy, but the inclusion of the musical number at all tells a more discerning viewer exactly what has happened to a once funny show: it's become little more than whatever the writers want it to be for a given episode.
Now, Andy (Justin Kirk) has inherited the funds of dead brother (and Nancy's husband) Judas, purchased a bunch of items for cheap laughs (the General Lee, for example), and just idles about until he picks up a love interest (Alanis Morissette) halfway through. Shane (Alexander Gould) steps up his role for the season and becomes a badass courtesy of one of Esteban's rough-around-edges guard dogs, ultimately going too far in the final episodes. Really, the writers pushed his character to a point where, while it makes sense for what he's been raised on in the last four years, the transformation comes without warning. Nancy's oldest son, Silas (Hunter Parrish), has a brief stint as the owner and operator of a pot club, until it's shut down and he's written off to the sidelines, which is fine considering the sizable role he played in the previous season. Kevin Nealon, as Doug, has finally become obsolete in the series - but he's not the only one. For the entirety of season five, Celia (Elizabeth Perkins), Dean (Andy Milder), Doug, and Isabelle (Allie Grant) sit around with no real purpose, until the writers decide to reboot the series putting Celia where Nancy used to be.
It just doesn't work. Nancy's baby-daddy drama. Shane's badassery. Silas's business woes. Any of it.
At this point, it's important to note an important distinction. The story of Weeds may have fallen into complete disarray, but there's still a bit of decent comedy to be found. Most of Doug's lines have passed from being funny, but Silas, Shane and Andy still get their fair share of laughs. Nancy on the other hand, her life is just so ridiculously convoluted for convolution's sake that it's hard to get even a smirk out of it. With each visit to ex-partner Guillermo, whom she screwed over in the fourth season, there's one of two predictable outcomes. Either she's not quite as in control of her life as she thought, or she has an angle that Guillermo hasn't considered. This occurs about four or five times in the series and by the third time it's just annoying. By the fifth time you want to hit the writers in the temple with a hammer.
The show has lost touch with its roots. It started to flounder in the fourth season, despite pressing the reset button, and has now just turned into a completely new show. Whether it's out of necessity or boredom, it's no longer as fun. You can tell even the writers are frustrated with the show's current direction as they attempt to restart the cannabis plotline while simultaneously writing Demian Bichir's character further and further out of the picture.
DVD Bonus Features
Once you've wound your way through a clip show of Andy-isms, a blooper reel, some audio commentaries and a behind-the-scenes segment with Kevin Nealon (who's funnier in this segment than he's allowed to be in this season of the show), you'll get to some of the more interesting extras. First up, the opening "Weeds" title cards from each episode have been rounded up into a collection for your review (it's neat). Second, the crew of Weeds layout all the twisted dids, shoulds, and should nots of the show's dysfunctional relationships. If you needed proof of how much the show has twisted upon itself to distract you from moving off target, here it is. Finally, there's a flash-animated/clip-show history of weed and a featurette titled "Yes We Cannabis" a campaign-styled video with Kevin Nealon standing at a podium rambling off cheap one-liner pot jokes with political themes.
As a final note, the lack of indication in the box set of where each extra feature can be found is quite irritating. Instead, you have to cycle through the discs until you find the right one."
Where's the Weed? Not in this show...
Naomi (Storm) | Texas | 09/01/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Elizabeth Perkins (as Celia Hodes) is quickly taking over the lead role in Weeds while Mary-Louise Parker's Nancy character is becoming trite and quite frankly, annoying. You almost wish that Nancy Botwin would get killed off so that the show could drop all of the accumulated baggage of five seasons and start over fresh.
Season Five is the "Baby Season," where we watch Nancy Botwin struggle to have her new baby, support her family and keep herself alive all at the same time. Unfortunately the show quickly devolves into a generic drama that could be found on any number of network television stations. This season truly feels like the weed and drug trade are thrown in simply in order to keep the name of the show "Weeds," and I believe it was the drug dynamic that made this show as interesting as it was in the first place. While Nancy is off playing Mrs. Mexican Mafia, Silas and Doug partner up in order to attempt a legal Medicinal Marijuana storefront while Celia (after escaping from her daughter's kidnapping plot) attempts to capture the same success that Nancy had in seasons 1 and 2 by becoming the neighborhood "connection."
There are two bright spots in this season and they came out of left field for me: Shane and Dr. Audra Kitson (Alanis Morissette). Andy is still Andy - fantasizing about Nancy, hoping to replace Judah, but never quite living up to her expectations. He attempts to have a new relationship with Nancy's "on the side" ObGyn played remarkably well by Alanis Morissette. While you could pretty much cut and paste Andy's character from all the other seasons of Weeds, Morissette actually plays an interesting and quirky counterpart who attempts to make Andy "grow up" in order to have a real relationship with her.
Shane meanwhile, becomes broken. The poor kid has a busy season - he becomes a drug dealer, gets robbed by his teacher, befriends one of the Mexican thugs, gets a STD from his two "girlfriends," and gets shot. The last of the "pure" Botwins becomes truly corrupted and he relishes his new found freedom, unencumbered by morals. Without dropping any spoilers, lets just say that Shane is the cause of the cliffhanger at the end of Season Five (and no, he's not dying because he got shot).
The eye candy for this season for the women is brought to you by Silas and Esteban - unfortunately they don't add much more depth to their characters other than just sitting on the screen looking pretty. Doug and the Hodes play their normal comedic interludes, not bringing much to the storyline, but not really slowing it down either; pure, unadulterated filler.
All in all it was a pretty disappointing season. If you're a die hard Weeds fan you won't be very impressed by season five. If you're new to the Weeds show, watch seasons 1-3 instead. Cross your fingers that season six will redeem."
Consistently innovative and exciting plot twists
Holly K. Lee | Chicago, IL | 08/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season Five is totally unpredictable. Just when I think that Nancy has no more moves to make, she finds a way to wriggle out of each disastrous situation and actually come out ahead.
The character of Estaban has been a great addition to the cast. He keeps things exciting in the show by adding a much more dangerous element than merely selling drugs. Nancy finds herself between a rock and a really hard place. She is in danger of losing her home, her family, her sanity, and her life.
The most exciting season yet, must see t.v."
Best season of Weeds!!
Kaitlyn Maxwell | 03/05/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have watched all five seasons of Weeds--one of my favorite shows--and I have to say, I think this was one of the best seasons. Yes, three was great, four was good, but this one kicked it into high gear. Some of the storylines are getting tired, but the way they wrapped it up left me wondering what all the characters are going to get into next year. Can't wait for season six!!!"