‘Weeds’ season 8 premiere review: The cure for any coma

“Weeds” took a bold risk for its season 8 premiere on Sunday night — for pretty much its entire episode, its main character was silent. Luckily, comedy remained for what was the beginning of the end for the Mary-Louise Parker series.

The backlash to “Weeds” at times strikes us as strange. Has it fallen off in quality from its first few years? Sure, but at the same time you are looking at a show that is still better than most other comedies on TV, and it’s really hard to complain about quality still being on the air. Plus, the premiere really felt refreshing in many ways to us — as much as we hated to see Parker’s Nancy in a coma, it gave the other characters an opportunity to step more into the limelight.

There are two moments in particular that were striking to us from this episode:

1. Doug coming in and getting a little bit busy with Nancy’s paralyzed body. It was one of the creepiest things in recent memory to appear on television, and it’s unfathomable that Parker and Kevin Nealon were able to really film this with a straight face.

2. One of the best inappropriate conversations between a man fresh from hooking up with someone and a rabbi we have ever seen. We’re just thanking the comedy gods that it happened at all.

The only downside to this episode was that we really didn’t find out anything else about the shooting from the finale, with the exception that the police running the case are pretty much the stereotypical cops for any show that is not a crime drama. In other words, they are idiots. Nonetheless, this was a half-hour that at least was a reminder of some of the show’s early seasons, and with it being the final year (per Showtime’s boss) we’re excited to see just how Nancy and her business ride into the sunset.

What did you think about the season premiere Sunday night, and do you think that “Weeds” is poised to have a big finish? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

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