It says something about the second season of Portlandia that the final episode came about a week and a half ago, and I’m only now writing this, because I only now have seen it. Sometime over the course of Season Two, Portlandia went from being a show I watched the night it aired to a show with the last two episodes sitting on the DVR.
I can’t say the show has gotten worse. It’s just that each episode blends together in my mind, with some wonderful parts and some boring parts, and enough of the latter than I’m losing interest, despite my Carrie-love. Looking back over episode summaries (which is the only way at this point that I can remember when the wonderful parts turned up), I see the Battlestar Galactica episode (#2), and the episode with Kristen Wiig and Amber Tamblyn (#6), and, well, that’s it. Each episode had something that made me smile, but that’s the best I can say for the majority of them. And again, I don’t think the show is getting worse, I just think I don’t have a very long attention span for sketch comedies that rely on a consistent level of OK-ness. If I had seen the Season Two finale last season, I might have liked it more. But now, I confess I was watching out of loyalty more than enjoyment.
At the start of the season, I wrote, “I rarely laugh at Portlandia. But I enjoy watching it.” At the end, only the first half of that sentence remains true. Grade for Season Two: B-.