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'Californication: The Final Season'
(David Duchovny, Evan Handler, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2014 / Showtime)

Overview: A self-loathing, alcoholic writer attempts to repair his damaged relationships with his daughter and her mother while combating sex addiction, a budding drug problem, and the seeming inability to avoid making bad decisions.

DVD Verdict: For most every season of this Showtime series, David Duchovny was perfectly cast here as Hank Moody. He delivered his witty and wry lines with tongue firmly implanted in cheek. Playing a talented but dysfunctional writer in the middle of a mid-life crisis, Duchovny's character is spot on. He can't pass a whiskey glass or a skirt and they even throw in a Porche for him to drive, in case your mind drifts. Only this is his mid-life crisis so we can laugh at it.

The trouble is, as most series' that run after their TV time, the writing, the acting, the casting, and the directing in season seven was the worst of any season; or any single episode in any of the previous seasons.

There is no logic to the behavior of any of the characters. For example, a 21 year-old kid shows up and claims to be Hank's son. Would not the first thing any reasonable person do is have a DNA check? That never occurs to Hank. Instead, this kid who is 21, but behaves like a 14 year old obnoxious child, and looks nothing like Hank (or his mother), is welcomed with open arms by Hank!

Talk about Hank's character flaws: Through out all seven seasons, have you noticed that if Hank is depressed (usually Karen is the source) he has to have several straight shots of whiskey and a pack of cigarettes, and if he is happy he has to have several straight shots of whiskey, and he can't drive his car unless he has whiskey and smokes, and he can't have sex unless it is preceded by shots of whiskey and cigarettes, and if he is bored, he has to sit in a bar and drink, etc. You get the picture. No one ever -- unless he is drunk and self-destructive, which goes hand in hand for him -- mentions his drinking problem.

Sadly, the opening scene of the pilot episode where Duchovony is getting a blow-job in a church from a nun ... well, those days are now loooooong behind us here, sorry. These are all Widescreen Presentations (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:

Penny Dreadful: Season 1 - Episodes 1 & 2
Ray Donovan: Season 1 - Episodes 1 & 2
The Affair: Episodes 1 & 2

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