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By: M.K. Killen
Season four of FXX’s “You’re The Worst” kicked off Sept. 6, 2017, 10 months after the season three finale which dropped two consecutive bombshells on fans. The first three seasons of the anti-romantic romantic comedy follow the budding relationship of two unlucky-in-love and all around terrible people Jimmy and Gretchen.
The seemingly self-aware narrative deals with the sordid lives of millennials in Los Angeles, who often serve as their own antagonists.
Covering themes like monogamy, domestic abuse, PTSD, clinical depression and the mystery of the human condition, the show makes use of the dark comedy popularized on the network by “Louie” and “Fargo.” Though “You’re The Worst” is arguably more tame, it still contains scenes that cross the line from black comedy into just plain morose and bizarre.
The first three seasons do a great job of tricking viewers into forgetting the inevitability which the opening theme foreshadows, as SLOTHRUST’s “7:30 am” plays the words “I’m gonna leave you anyway” repeatedly while the cast smiles through a mockery of a silly sitcom intro.
Before the twist ending—that was clever enough to not be a twist at all—I struggled to get through season three, and questioned whether I would be interested in a season four at all. Usually a show runs for a significant period of time before it becomes a cliché, tired version of itself, but “You’re The Worst” seemed to fast-track that process. Once complex characters had quickly become sad, one-sided shadows of their former selves.
The most disappointing transformation was Lindsay’s devolution from a self-serving, but lovable airhead, into a character who wastes the audience’s time with far too long stream of consciousness scene where she is physically unable to form a complete thought other than “pie.” Driving home the writers’ apparent loss of all originality, Lindsay’s stupid pie obsession of course comes from the cardboard cut out of jokes for the only “plus sized” character in the friend’s inner circle.
“You’re the Worst” couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a commentary on social justice, a drama or a dark-witted satirical comedy, and thus far it has fallen well-short of all three. Season four had better purge itself of over-done and overrated cynical commentary about how terrible the world is, and get back to its original mission of creating empathy in the audience for characters that represent the worst traits of ourselves.
Without a major re-vision, “You’re The Worst” is bound end up like Gretchen, all alone on that cliff, watching as its biggest fan slowly drives away and cuts off all contact.