Review: Hung – ‘Even Steven’

Episode: “Even Steven or Luckiest Kid in Detroit” (Season 2, Episode 10)

Synopsis: The second season comes to a close as Ray gets ready to bet (almost literally) the house on reuniting with Jessica and makes a decision on who’ll be his pimp in the future- if he sticks with the business.

Review: The season finale of Hung went out firm in the knowledge that they’d be returning for a third season. Rather than wrap anything up or make an explosive exit, the show set up a lot of endings, but really didn’t bring forth any closure. If you’re looking for that, settle in for the long wait ’til season three.

The season ending episode moved rather quickly in attempting to touch upon all the loose threads of the year. Lenore was handled rather dismissively by Ray, who delivered most of what she believed owed to her and bowed out gracefully. Undoubtedly we’ll see her in the next go round, possibly out for some misconstrued vengeance against Ray. Though Tanya could probably use an ass kicking. A physical one.

Speaking of that dirty mess, Tanya attempted to do right by Ray and Mike, with Ray seemingly ready to forgive her at the end of the episode despite her massive betrayal. Tanya joins the ranks of Jessica as unlikable female characters who we don’t really care for.

Mike, who came surprisingly out of left field in season two to provide some heart, came across well this episode, helping Ray out with the baseball team in the playoffs and making romantic overtures towards his lonely widow woman. I’d say he was one of my favorite parts of this season and was perhaps the most relatable and human character on the show.

Skip over to Jessica and Ronnie and, no surprise, Jessica is once again a bitch. After last week, where she blew off Ronnie, this week she blows off Ray. I mean, honestly, the character is a mess. She alternates between either loving or hating either of the two men. Why either of them even can stand being in the same room as her duplicitous self, I can not tell.

Ultimately I felt the season finale of Hung to be understated and somewhat underwhelming. It felt to me as if this was more of a set up episode, something usually reserved for the episode before a season finale. But nope, this was the last episode of the season. Rather than waiting a week to get some resolution, we have to wait months.

Overall the season was alright, with definite highs and lows. The episodes that focused on Ray really getting his whore on where great and Tom Jane’s performances were always top notch. Again, Mike proved to be a great addition this season and Lenore shone through much of the time. Jessica burned any bridge she ever had with me and I am completely over her character. I’d say the season was like 65% depressing and 35% entertaining. Hung has promise and is worth watching, though I think some changes are due in the future as the show struggles between a downer dark dramedy and something that could be fun while still having heart.

What did you think about this season of Hung?

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