Best is Yet to Come on ‘Weeds’ Season 6

There’s been some Weeds bashing taking place in the blogosphere, and quite frankly, it offends me. As the just-released trailer for Season 6 proves, the show still has plenty of twists in store, along with its trademark quirkiness. Sure, the subplot with Peter Scottson was a misfire, and maybe Nancy was never completely believable as a politician’s wife, but there’s no family on TV more wonderfully screwy than the Botwins Newmans. And in case you forgot, here’s a reminder.

1. The season finales are confounding. As a recent Weeds-devotee, my life has been revolving around Seasons 1-5 for the past few months. While I was immersed in the series, I couldn’t’ imagine surviving the lag time between seasons, and now, here I am, waiting patiently. Season 1 was “The Godmother,” when Nancy finally assembles her team, leaving us excited, but with some closure. Season 2 is the “U-turn gun standoff.” In Season 3, Agrestic burns to the ground. In Season 4, Nancy trades pictures with Esteban: his being the surveillance of Nancy ratting out the cartel to the Feds, hers being the sonogram. Now, Pilar’s dead. The best part about this is that they always pick up within moments of the last scene. There’s no time-lapse in which character-developing events take place and must later be alluded to. This should solidify the attachment between you, Season 5 and Season 6.

2. The Botwins don’t look back. That’s why they’re the Newmans now. They didn’t miss Agrestic, and they were indifferent about leaving Ren Mar to move into the Reyes estate. They adapt like no other. That’s why Canada will be amazing. Each season presents an original territory with a brand new realm of intense character development. And Shane’s got to be a focus this season. He’s the most interesting Botwin, and now he evidently likes playing mom. Weird enough to hold out another season for.

3. Botwins & Co. supply enough sub-plots to power a never-ending miniseries. Even if Celia isn’t in Season 6 (peddling You’re So Pretty and forging ahead with her own drug empire), and Esteban doesn’t show up onscreen (because his whereabouts in the pursuit for Nancy should probably remain a mystery), maybe now that Audra’s of the picture, Andy/Nancy for serious? Or maybe Nancy’s sister Jill (Jennifer Jason Leigh) will come back to bail out the Botwins? Silas has got to have some new side gig alongside working at the hotel, because he’s always got something up his sleeve. And, of course, Nancy must have a new romantic interest, because she’s a lovable floozy. And who knows how long Doug will be stuck with Cesar and Ignacio. Subplots are the most important part of the series and bring in quality cameos like Mary-Kate, Julie Bowen, Alanis Morissette, and Zooey Deschanel.

4. The Botwins always stick together. Most kids with a mother as nonsensical and nihilistic as Nancy would have run away by now, or joined the circus or moved to a halfway house and started flipping burgers. But no, Shane and Silas are momma’s boys at heart. They could never abandon Nancy for fear of what she’d do to herself without a moderate-to-low level of responsibility and supervision. Their bond is inspiring, and that’s what TV needs today. Plus, no one’s been traded off. The original core cast (Nancy, Shane, Silas, Andy) is still hanging tight.

5. The Botwins know a thing or two about keeping their cool under pressure, adding to the episodic suspense for fans. No matter how tense things get, Nancy can swallow her fear faster than she downs an iced coffee. Remember how nervous you got when Celia threw all Nancy’s pot in the pool? Or when Sanjay burned down the bakery? What about when Silas got beat up by Megan’s dad and Nancy came to rescue him? Or during the Armenian/Peter/Nancy/Conrad debacle? That just means that in quiet Canada, the suspense is going to escalate. After 5 seasons, The Botwins have mastered cool, calm and collected, foreshadowing the shitstorm that’s destined to come in the next season.

Season 6 airs on August 16th at 10pm on Showtime.

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