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Worst season of the series
on July 10, 2011
Before getting into my review I would like to pinpoint the fact that while Season 3 is not even released on DVD yet, Season 4 will be by the end of the month. This is very strange and extremely frustrating for the fans of the show living in the Region 1 area, considering that Season 3 is way better than Season 4.
That being said, I was quite disappointed with the final season of Secret Diary. My biggest disappointment is the finale, which I absolutely hated. I thought it was terrible, especially because it left the door open for a motion picture (which I do NOT want, see Sex and the City). However, I will not spoil the finale for those who have not watched the season yet.
In this season Belle is now a Madam, replacing Stephanie while she is in prison. She also has to take care of Stephanie's teenage daughter, her relationship with Ben and still being an escort at times (i.e. very rarely).
Season 4 is no longer about SEX. It is all about Belle/Hannah's personal life. She is more of a Drama Queen now than ever. The show also tries to take a humorous tone (similar to black humor), but is not always successful. The jokes fall flat.
Which brings me to: where was Bambi? She got married at the end of Season 3 and then she just disappeared. She is not mentioned once in Season 4 and I think she was one of the best characters on the show. She made Belle/Hannah a little less uptight. I loved Bambi. She was a great addition to the show and I missed her a lot.
Charlotte was a new supporting character on the show. She is a rival Madam and she definitely hates Belle. A little weird, but very interesting.
In conclusion, Season 4 is my least favorite season of Secret Diary. If I had to put them in order or preference, it would be: Season 1, 3, 2, 4. I missed Bambi's humor, simplicity and clumsiness and the finale was not good at all. The show no longer focuses on sex, like it used to do so well in Season 1. Maybe Season 4 will grow on me at some point, but it is unlikely to happen any time soon since Season 3 is not even out on DVD yet and thus there is no point in buying Season 4.