Californication is one of my favorite shows out there, and season five premieres tomorrow night on Showtime.
Although I feel that last season could have been so much more, that the show really got caught up in a loss of direction tagged with a clear lack of continuity in the writing, I’m excited for the new season.
Hank Moody (played by David Duchovny) is an extremely complex yet simple man. He is a writer living in Los Angeles who is constantly trying to hold his life and family together while always falling victim to his vices. He is a blatant and honest charmer who is irresistible to women and magically falls into scenarios the average man would love to be subjected to.
His role is that of the hero, but there is no actual clear villain from my perspective. Hank Moody is his own worst enemy. He is antagonized by his own alpha male disposition and the temptations associated with it. He gets caught up by his vices and suffers the consequences, but he does take responsibility for his actions. He is the lead character and the show revolves around his daily encounters and missteps. No matter how much shit hits the fan, Hank always has a comical remark to help lighten the mood.
I can almost relate to Hank Moody in some ways in terms of the way the character completely manages to fuck himself over by being brutally honest in all the wrong situations, speaking his mind and ignoring any use of a ‘small fib’. If you are a first time reader and thinking, “WTF? Elaborate!”, I’d like to invite you to check out the blog a little more, if you’re crazy enough to read my poor man’s Shakespeare spew!
So far, the greatest black mark on his record is the unaware statutory rape of a 16 year old girl, who initiated the encounter, and actually turned out to be the daughter of his ex’s fiance. Hank has a inclination of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he has such a charismatic and comical personality that makes it hard for anyone to stay mad at him, especially those with two X chromosomes.
Yeah, sometimes I wish I was Hank Moody, but then again, I am CKS, which might be better in the long run.
Also, gotta love Californication’s use of Infected Mushroom remixes of songs by The Doors. (Notice in the following clip, the opener for season five, that the topic of anal sex comes up while a Doors song is playing. Some irony there!)