Awkward Season 4 Review “Finals”

Awkward Season 4 Episode 12 Finals (1)

There are two ways to view the season four premiere of Awkward – we could wallow in how stupid the whole Eva storyline was and how much of a waste of time ‘Finals’ turned out to be, or we could celebrate how eager the show seemed to be to oust all the stuff that didn’t work about season 4a.

I was so worried that Eva’s obviously fake pregnancy would be the defining conflict of the season, pushing the matter of senior year and finals to the background to focus on a painful soap-opera plot that betrayed everything Awkward was about, but thankfully someone seems to have been listening to the backlash.

It doesn’t mean this episode was good by any means, it was as bad as the preceding mid-season finale, but there was a smattering of the old Awkward that points to a return to form.

The very fact that this cluster of episodes is going to focus on the second half of Jenna’s final year – a period of time anyone who’s ever been to high school will remember as one of the strangest, most stressful, and joyous times of their lives – is a wonderful notion. Something about college acceptance/rejection letters, prom and graduation gets me invested in a show and its characters like nothing else, and I have no doubt that this show will find something new to mine from the situation.

My only qualm is the whole Jenna/Matty of it all, with them both still stuck in that dysfunctional little dance they’ve been doing since the pilot. Anyone who’s been reading my reviews from the start will know of my soft spot for Matty, and I can’t help but feel that a regression back to the neglectful friend and boyfriend to Jenna is a bad move for his character. We know better than that now, and I share Jenna’s proclamation that she expects more from him than his worst qualities.

The Lissa stuff is also terrible, but I’ve come to expect those stupid little sideplots from the show at this point. I’ve never really cared for Lissa so, as long as she doesn’t drag Jake into this mess of a storyline, I’m fine with its existence.

Speaking of Jake, what the heck are they going to do with him this season? Like Tamara, Awkward never seems to know what to do with him when he’s not in a relationship. I miss the Matty/Jake bromance, but maybe the writers will bring it back just in time for school to end.

All in all, senior year part two looks pretty promising, and some of the more tired plots should hopefully right themselves leading up to a resolution. Everything is going to change after graduation, of course, so we’ll have to make the most of these characters while they’re all still together.

What did you think of the episode? Will you miss Luke or was he right to ditch the high school drama? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.