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I was frankly surprised to find that I really enjoyed this show when I started watching the first season. Then it got a second season and the writers managed to mostly get through that pretty well. But this third season really seems like it's either gone off the rails or deliberately turned into a very different show. The music and songs have been pretty forgettable, compared to previous seasons, and they also feel sort of obligatory, like if the creators didn't think the audience expected them then they wouldn't happen. In the first season they worked better because of how a big part of the narrative revolved around the main characters detachment from reality and her using these imaginary musical numbers as ways to cope. Now all that is basically gone and also we're getting a lot more side character songs which generally are pretty meh. There are also a lot more side character stories and more time devoted to them, and they're not really holding up great under so much scrutiny. And now instead of a whacky funny zany disturbing show about a cast of misfits, everybody seems to be pretty groundless and lost and like they have run our of narrative arcs for the characters. Maybe that's a prelude to something but the fact that all the characters have kind of stalled in the lives is grinding the whole show to a painful halt. I'm not sure I want to watch it anymore!
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I have really enjoyed this show through its entire run. I think its recent darker turn is a necessary consequence of taking seriously Rebecca’s unhealthy behavior throughout the show. And the increased focus on secondary characters goes along with her increased awareness that other people have their own lives and issues. I agree that the songs have been less consistent recently and feel like a less integral part of the show, although Rebecca’s “A Diagnosis” and Paula’s “First Penis I Saw” are recent highlights, among my all time favorite musical moments from the show.
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