Dead To Me S2 Review - Dark, funny and masterful storytelling

Dead To Me S2 Review - Dark, funny and masterful storytelling

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Format: Series
Platform: Netflix
Movie Rated: 18+ (Language, Violence, Sex, Nudity, Substance)
Genre: Drama, Romance  

What is the story about?
In season two, we pick up the day after Steve’s murder, the Jen and Judy find themselves at a new fork in the friendship with the truth behind Jen’s husband’s death also laid bare. It’s under these radical, soapy circumstances that Jen and Judy are thrown back together, and the new order of their relationship proves a fascinating commentary on the expectations of women. The result is a season with even more twists than the last, as the ladies try to cover up the latest murder.

Analysis
The balance of this show has always been between the exploration of how people deal with grief and the crazy murder aspect. While I’m happy to see that the grief aspect hasn’t been dropped at all, the show has tipped a little bit more towards the murder side of things. This is helped along by the show cutting the grief group that Jen and Judy went in season 1, this season, which is a shame. The grief group often provided a way for the show to slow itself down and reflect, which this season sorely needs. This season Judy deals with the struggle that is grieving someone who was abusive to her, and both Jen and Judy have to carry the guilt of Steve’s murder as his family becomes ever more involved in their lives.

Performances
Christina Applegate is incredible as always. Applegate shows off Jen’s enormous rage once again, but also intense vulnerability. Linda Cardellini fully embodies the neurotic and sensitive Judy, as she struggles with her self-worth, but shows off her incredible depth of kindness. There is an addition to cast Michelle, played by Natalie Morales. For people who thought they would have to bid goodbye to James Marsden, you are in for a surprise. Even though Steve is dead, Marsden is back in a surprising way.  Detective Perez (Diana Maria Riva) gets some fleshing out this season, but her character doesn't get much screen time.

Highlights
The show is high on female bonding and female friendships. Even though it is written as a comedy, it has wonderful moments where the two women share a similar bond- the loss of a partner and coming to terms with the grief. The show in the first season showed a grieving Jen who has to balance single motherhood and her loss of a partner. This season, Judy faces a similar situation, yet the writing is so sharp that it keeps you at the edge of your seat asking for more. 

Drawbacks
Some episodes might seem to be too lagging or stretching and the editing could have had more crisp in certain places. 

Did I Enjoy It
Yes, Dead To Me is truly one of the criminally underrated shows on Netflix. 

Do I recommend it
Yes, definitely.


 


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