All in all, I was really happy with the new season. There were some low points, for sure, but the format of each episode focusing on one character, to create a series of overlapping and intertwining story lines, was hilarious and perfect for both Netflix and the show. It’s so hard for a project like this to live up to everyone’s expectations and I think AD deftly avoided taking itself too seriously or trying to make this fourth season something greater than it really is. Best of all, it’s at least as re-watchable as the other seasons, and I look forward to catching more Easter eggs and puns with repeated plays.
But we do have
something serious to discuss. We need to talk about Portia de Rossi’s face. BuzzFeed agrees.
Development, Portia plays a self-centered, materialistic wasp, but in real life
(because I totally know PDR IRL), I
imagine her to be a much more down-to-earth, naturally elegant beauty. In fact,
in a recent interview with Los Angeles
Portia talks about being 40, how she’s proud of her age and being uninterested
in clinging to her 20s. She’s also on the cover of Out Magazine’s
May issue, sporting a short, Twiggy-inspired look (hopefully Ellen and Portia
will continue to just fuse into identical pixie-haired, blonde lesbian
goddesses and take over the world). Here, she certainly looks different from
her early Lindsay Bluth days, but between adding a few years, an edgy haircut,
Photoshop photography magic, I didn’t think she’d done
anything to her pretty little face. I didn’t think Ellen would allow it! And
then came the Lindsay episode of Arrested
WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YOUR FACE?!
The feminist in me
is hesitant to go on about whether someone has had plastic surgery. I mean, who
cares? It’s her right to do whatever she wants to her (already flawless angel)
visage. But it’s so confusing why she’d discuss embracing age in interviews
when she so clearly has done something to her mug. Her facial expressions,
something so essential to her drama queen character, have seriously diminished
in this new season. What’s so ironic is that Lindsay very infamously had a nose
job in her youth, and any real-life plastic surgery could have easily been
written into the script! Also, I can't even pinpoint any specific plastic surgery that could have happened (total face transplant?), so I'm really worried that someone made a Portia robot and the real PDR is being held hostage somewhere. Anyone?
Anyway, if you haven’t yet hunkered down for an AD watch-a-thon, I definitely suggest it (some of the humor would be lost if you spaced the episodes out too much). Just prepare yourself for a few things: cameos galore, an inexplicable number of bird references (particularly ostriches, WTF?) and a surprising new face on Nellie, I mean Lindsay, Bluth.
In other FACE news,
HBO premiered the anticipated Steven Soderbergh Liberace movie, Behind the Candelabra, Sunday. If you
were planning on tuning in for a camptastic voyage of gold lamé, diamonds and
gays (well, there was plenty of that),
you might be surprised to discover an emotional, heartfelt film. Based on the
memoirs of Scott Thorson, Liberace’s companion in the late '70s-mid-'80s, the movie starred Matt Damon as Thorson and a flawless Michael
Douglas as Mr. Showmanship himself. (All Behind the Candelabra photos courtesy HBO.)