Viewers, let’s talk.
A friend of mine who’s watched “Californication” from Day 1 just told me, after watching this latest episode, “It’s just not the same.” I asked him what he meant, and he said, “It’s just not as edgy anymore. I mean, the most edgy thing about this episode was the tampon in the toilet, and that’s just gross, just gratuitous, right?”
I generally agreed, but it got me thinking. Has “Californication” actually lost its way, or is this just a case of a show falling victim to its own past? “Californication” has always thrived on shock value, and some of the series’ funniest moments have been of the over-the-top, gross-but-I-can’t-possibly-look-away moments. Remember Hank and Sonja getting it on at Bill’s house, only to both get sick as they were walked in on? Or how about the threesome among Hank, Charlie and a very, very happy lady (there’s just no good way to describe what happens in that scene here, but if you saw it, you know what I’m talking about).
Other moments of hilarity: The Mia double punch, and Sonja’s water birth that resulted in Hank pumping his fist and screaming, “Booooooooyaaaah! The baby is black!”
The first two seasons were littered with such comedic gems. Our jaws would drop and the laughter would come, even if we were cringing simultaneously.