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Californication

Posted by Hedwig on January 12, 2008

“You can’t always get what you want
but if you try sometimes, you might find
You get what you need”

That’s how Californication starts, the ‘heavenly’ into of the song playing over the opening dream sequence in which Hank Moody, our charming protagonist, is offered a blow-job…by a nun. It’s also how Californication ends, and for a few minutes it fools you into thinking the show might actually end with Hank getting not what he wants, but what he needs. As soon as he accepts that conclusion, of course, he gets what he wants, too.

The plot, in a nutshell: Hank is a writer. His last book “God hates us all”, was turned into a turd of a TomKat vehicle with the believably horrid title “A Little Thing Called Love”. His ex-girlfriend Karen, who’s also the mother of his 12 year-old daughter Becca, left him, and he’s still trying to get her back. In the meantime he sleeps with a dizzying amount of L.A. babes, including a girl who turns out to be a) sixteen, b) the daughter of Karen’s fiance, c)kind of a sociopath.

This really is a wonderful, profane little show. Funny, too. David Duchovny is great as Hank. He’s an asshole, but he’s such an articulate, literate, self-loathing one. Hell, if I had his mordant wit, I’d probably be an asshole too. He doesn’t even have to try: beautiful young girls all over L.A. hit on him ferociously, and you can believe it, messed-up as he is, and cruel as he can be. His love for Karen might be on the selfish side – he can’t write without her, so no wonder he wants her back – but his love for his daughter is what redeems him. She’s an annoyingly precocious little goth girl, but she became the single most realistic person on the show (not that that’s saying much) the moment she fell for her +/- 6 years older guitar teacher. Oh girl. I’ve so been there. You’ll look back and laugh about the silly girl you were later, I promise.

I’m finding out I don’t have anything particularly deep or interesting to say about this show. It might be because the show isn’t deep or interesting, but I somehow doubt that. What I can say is that it is profoundly of this time, in part because Hank so clearly isn’t. That it’s funny. And that it’s worth 12 times 27 minutes of your time.

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Radio Show Host: What’s your latest obsession?
Hank Moody: Just the fact that people seem to be getting dumber and dumber. You know, I mean we have all this amazing technology and yet computers have turned into basically four figure wank machines. The internet was supposed to set us free, democratize us, but all it’s really given us is Howard Dean’s aborted candidacy and 24 hour a day access to kiddie porn. People… they don’t write anymore, they blog. Instead of talking, they text, no punctuation, no grammar: LOL this and LMFAO that. You know, it just seems to me it’s just a bunch of stupid people pseudo-communicating with a bunch of other stupid people at a proto-language that resembles more what cavemen used to speak than the King’s English.
Radio Show Host: Yet you’re part of the problem, I mean you’re out there blogging with the best of them.
Hank Moody: Hence my self-loathing.

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2 Responses to “Californication”

  1. Kaj said

    Weird cover? I’m pretty sure that’s just the Rolling Stones version.

  2. sarcastig said

    You’re….right. I guess I just never heard the full version, or at least didn’t remember the a-typical intro. Since it fit so well with the nun and all that, I got confused. I fixed it in the post.

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