Hank becomes a writer on the Santa Monica Cop TV show and
finds out that he has a teenage son from a previous relationship.
Californication (Season 7)
Created by Tom Kapinos
Starring David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone,
Evan Handler, Pamela Adlon, Stephen Tobolowsky,
Oliver Cooper, Heather Graham, Michael Imperioli,
Brandon T. Jackson, Madeleine Martin
I've been defending this show for six seasons because I've always found something to like about it. In the beginning, the writing was realistic and the characters were complex. As the show went on, both of these much-needed pieces started to deteriorate as Californication became a blotchy soup of misguided sexcapades and rehashed relationship turbulence. The final season combines all the things that lowered the value of the first six and gives its audience a poorly thought out ending to Hank and Karen's back-and-forth.
First of all, it felt nothing like a final season. The idea of Hank having another kid from a previous relationship was something that should have been done much earlier. Doing it now just makes it seem like the writers were out of ideas and needed to do something to inject some drama into this dying animal. Levon (Oliver Cooper) also happens to be one of the most annoying and unlikable characters in all of television and he is mainly the reason why this last season faltered so badly.
Then there's the repeated will they/won't they between Hank and Karen. After six seasons of watching him f**k up every chance he's had of being with her, I was done. Either make an effort or stop trying. At this point, I found myself not caring what would happen and just wanted Hank to move on and for once in his life stop treating everything like a joke. Plus, shoehorning Becca (Madeleine Martin) into the final two episodes just to provide some bit of closure was lazy at best.
I guess one can chalk it up to Showtime committing the same crime they committed with Dexter, Weeds, and every other show they let run past five seasons. They let the well dry up as they squeeze every bit of story, however uninteresting or poorly written, out of their cash cow until the milk stops squirting out. If you are looking for a show that was once a perfect vehicle for David Duchovny to poke fun at the modern entertainment industry while simultaneously being himself, this is the show for you. Just don't expect much in the second half.