“Californication” Season 5-More Beyond The Surface
Written by: Nolan Collins
Californication is now in its 5th season. With the season finale approaching April 1st on Showtime, let’s take a look at why this show is better than you may think it is. On the surface, it is just about a womanizing writer that can’t control his libido which makes life increasingly difficult for him. While that’s part of it, there are many other touching moments as well.
I have actually been watching this show for a while now and have seen every episode (well, I am only up to episode 6 of season 5 right now, but I’m working on it); and I thought it got pretty boring because there are only so many times Hank (David Duchovny) can sleep with a woman he shouldn’t have, and have that decision blow up in his face. That is why, after season 2, I got bored with it. I kept the faith, though, and stuck with this lovable jerk. I am glad I did because I am thoroughly enjoying season 5. We get to see Hank as a good father and a vulnerable guy that actually recognizes his shortcomings.
Episode 6 is especially touching. Hank is coerced into helping write a love song which leads to some much needed introspection about what has happened between him and Karen (his “baby-momma” and love of his life). That love story is what prevails the whole series along with Hank’s intense loyalty and love for his daughter.
Therefore, even though the series seems to just be sexual smut, there is much more to it beneath the dirty surface. We will have to see what happens on April 1st when this surprisingly strong season comes to an end.