Californication: The Land of Rape and Honey
by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 5th 2009 2:01AM
(S03E02) - "All work and no ass play makes Chuck a dull boy." Sue Collini to Charlie Runkle
A show like Californication might seem like just another rude, crass and completely tasteless sitcom that gets away with speaking Kinsey from cover to cover because it's on pay cable.
But if you actually sit down and watch the damn thing, you'll realize it's actually much deeper and more emotional than that, or at least as deep as a group of flesh lusting horndogs can go ... and I do mean "emotionally" deep, sickos.
Take for instance last Sunday's episode that attempted to mine humor from the act of fantasy rape. Now before we go any further, let me make one thing clear to all you letter writing complainoids who get your gut twisted when your eyes scan something mildly offensive. You know who you are. You're already drafting a comment to type below as you're reading this. This episode or review did not find the act of criminal rape hilarious. We're talking about fantasy rape, the act of a criminal fantasy being acted out in a consensual act as dictated, in this case, by the woman. If you can't grasp that concept, maybe this show and this review isn't for you. If so, try reading about something less real or intelligent like this.
But when Marcy's rape fantasies are out in the open, Charlie, the biggest sexual dumbass in the world than one-fourth of the current U.S. Senate combined, decides the best way to get back in his ex-wife's good graces is through her pants or more specifically, her pantyhose which he uses as a rapist mask while trying to "surprise" her in her sleep. It felt partly like a selfish act on Charlie's part since the man is more starved for physical affection than three-fourths of the current U.S. Senate combined, but it was his dumb attempt to show that he still cares for her by doing something for her that physically repulses him.
Meanwhile, Hank seems to be up to his old tricks in between bouts with the only woman who can't stand her, his teenage daughter Becca. This time, he's slowly moving towards a hot chick hat trick by scoring with the dean's MILF wife Felicia, his hot assistant Jill and his star writing student/mega busty stripper friend Jackie. He may not have officially made his move on any of them, but anyone with any sense and the first two seasons under their belt knows where this train is headed: Beaverlick, Kentucky.
But the gold medal for this episode goes to Ed Westwick, Hank's brooding, vampire loving and gay infatuated student who tries to off himself when his mentor gives him the brutal truth about his Twilight fan faction. Everything about his performance was creepy and disturbing and therefore, either funny or a vehicle to achieve comedy. Just the scene where he read this God-awful vampire literature of two gay vampires falling for each other off of what sounded like the world's longest cliff made me want to jump off of it with them.
And unlike other aforementioned TV shows, this was a good response.