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There was time when I considered Broad City more than faithful. The comedy – which follows the best besties, Abbi and Ilana, is played by the series creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, as the cavort through New York City in a bubble of mutual admiration, strange and smoke-made me laugh harder than just about anything on television . The show was good-natured, crazy and actually fun, a rarity in a television landscape overcrowded by melancholy semi-comedies – until it was also on its way to Thursday's finale became melancholy.
When Broad City premiered in 2014, Abbi and Ilana, a frazzled everygirl and a curly hair, were in their early 20s, agog in New York City and on each other. Hand in hand, the navigated Craigslist, UPS package drop-off, roommates lovers who never leave the couch, low job and rodents. They gallivanted around, occasionally drop-kicking rotisserie chickens, putting straps in the dishwasher and starred in fantasy music videos, an inseparable team, a dynamic duo. But change comes to you, even when you avoid it. You do exactly the same thing every day, and one day you wake up, and instead of being a 23-year-old living a carefree life with no real jobs, income or prospects, you are 30 years old with no real job, income or prospects, and the whole thing does not feel so carefree anymore. Stasis is a tough condition to maintain.
The last season of Broad City is involved in direct conversation with this problem, which also seems to be the inherent situation of old-school sitcom. Under the network's TV and rerun's honorable goals, the goal was to create a show like Broad City : an audience could turn on and off, no explanation needed, no scenes from last week, just the characters the loved ones behave on the fun ways they usually did. (19459009) Broad City was not typical of a network comedy, inasmuch as it was a female-created series of two wilding, women who started as a web series were stoning.) But this structure, below Certain circumstances, usually after season 4 or so, may be choking. The show begins to trap the characters in the show's actual setting.
Broad City in his last season, was very aware of this, which essentially made it the subject of the show itself. In one of Broad City's final episodes titled "Shenanigans," Abbi, who had recently begun dancing dating, was dumped by his older, more successful, perhaps girlfriend Leslie (Clea Duvall). "We're just not on the same side," said Leslie Abbi. "You just don't want an adult yet. I'm sure your life is fun, but it's really just a series of game ships." Abbi responded to this fee by losing his mood and then spending the day sending Instagram stories about making "mature" things yourself until they first fell into an air shaft while trying to take a selfie. It was enough to convince her that she really should ask for an artist's residence in Colorado.
There was a fate of desperation over Jacobson's performance in the last season that wasn't there before, a breadth to it. Abbi seems less like a real person and more like a caricature of a real person. Glazer's Ilana has always been a kind of wackadoo alien, a woman who lives her own existence plan, Ilanaland, where she will still be kick kicking when she is 90. But Abbi is Broad City surrogate – a ordinary woman, a little anxious, aware of what people think of her (that's why she liked Ilana and grass so much: they help her care less). I'm not sure it was all intentional – it must be a move to play the relative equal woman to the whirligig who is Glazer all the time – but since Jacobson's performance grew, Broad City retrieved Some pathos while losing some humor.
Change comes to you even when you avoid it.
When what once was fun, it starts to make you sad, maybe it's time to do something else. As Broad City ended, Ilana and Abbi decided to do just that. After weeks of prep, in the final, Abbi finally leaves New York City for that stay, and both she and Ilana (heading to Hunter to shrink where she will surely make huge contributions to the therapist's fashion) swear to each other that Move is the best. Standing on the Brooklyn Bridge, Abbi calms Ilana: "Me and you, we still need to be us, it will never change." Ilana tears correspondingly: "I know, but it will change. But this will still be the most beautiful, deep, real, cool and warm, meaningful, important relationship in my life," as if they break up and differ in an irreversible way left with only a return plan to meet in St. Louis, when the apocalypse comes.
It's sweet and sincere, and although it feels right for them at the moment, it's only for television; as the final also makes it clear, Ilana and Abbi come to talk and text and see each other every day. It's just the rest of us who aren't going to enjoy them in the same place at the same time in the same old TV show – and that's probably the best.