Sunday, October 23, 2016

Round Two: Insecure

Insecure: Season 1, Episode 2 “Messy as F**k” (B+)

I’m glad to see that the second installment of this show was just as solid as the first, representing more humor in Issa and Molly’s life but also plenty of new challenges that are slightly more serious. The most memorable part was actually Issa’s pitch, which ahead of time seemed like such a revolutionary and commendable idea and then fell part immediately upon its presentation. It’s nice that Frieda has her back and didn’t throw her under the bus when her pitch was being torn apart, and in return Issa used her suggestion of community service to incorporate it into a great plan inspired by the fact that, somehow, Molly had never been to the beach. Molly didn’t have much luck in the dating pool, but being identified by Issa’s rap outside the club while she was hardly dressed for the occasion turned out to be a high point after a failed date with someone who really didn’t like his experience on Coffee Meets Bagel but wasn’t all that great himself. Issa did her best to ignore Lawrence throughout the day, and running into him at Rite-Aid was an unfortunate coincidence. Acting out their future fight in the mirror was quite a sight, and Issa is definitely capable of carrying a scene, especially when she’s serving as both players. Going back to Lawrence and having a good, honest conversation was a nice ending to the episode, and while it doesn’t guarantee any lasting success in their relationship, at least it’s a positive step.

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