December 12, 2015

You're the Worst: Season 2 Review

            You’re the Worst ended up being one of the best surprises of the 2014-15 television season.  Its dark charm and quirky sense of comedy made for a mixture that isn’t often seen on television.  Now that we had seen it, though, a sophomore season would be a tricky effort.  In its second season, You’re the Worst found a way to become even more sophisticated as it took bigger chances, gave more development to its quirky ensemble of characters and took on themes that we have never seen “comedies” take on before.  While the individual episodes of this season may not have been as good as the ones from the first, they all led to a very good whole of a second season.

            The second season of You’re the Worst picks up with Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) as they try to find a way to make their relationship unique again after finally having moved in together.  However, the move-in exposes some of the pair’s darkest secrets including Gretchen’s troubles with depression. 

            The first few episodes of this season survive on the same charm and quirkiness that made the first season a success.  Unfortunately, after a few episodes the doldrums of the second season curse do begin to set in.  However, showrunner Stephen Falk and company quickly find ways to get the magic back to this show as it brings up two new interesting tactics to bring the energy back to this show.  The first is that it takes on the difficult subject of depression.  Not many shows tackle depression, and if they do it’s normally in the overly dramatic sense.  Here, though, the material brings attention to the horrors of depression while still finding enough room for comedy (but never at the expense of the depression material).

            The second thing Falk and company do to build with this second season is to strengthen the supporting cast of characters.  While Edgar (Desmin Borges) and Lindsay (Kether Donohue) did get their fair share of attention, it ultimately felt like the two characters were destined to share one storyline together.  That continued to be the case in the early goings of season two as the romantic feelings between the two began to grow.  Yet the writers did an audacious thing in having one of Edgar’s ploys to get the attention of Lindsay turn into a storyline just for him.  Both characters seem more complete thanks to this decision.  Additionally, other supporting characters such as Becca (Janet Varney) and Vernon (Todd Robert Anderson) now feel like actual characters that can reliably bring out a laugh from the audience.

            With a stronger supporting cast of characters and a unique portrayal of depression, You’re the Worst shook it up enough to avoid suffering the second season curse.


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