Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What I’m Watching: Master of None (Season Premiere)

Master of None: Season 2, Episode 1 “The Thief” (B+)

This show has been off the air for a year and a half, and therefore it’s really great to have it back since I had completely forgotten about its existence. It’s also a show that I grew to like as it went on, so I’m so happy to be reunited with it now. I love the idea that Dev actually speaks Italian pretty well, getting fully into the accent before admitting that he’s actually missed a good deal of the advanced part of the conversation. He’s also still prone to things like throwing his alarm clock out the window, following it up with a hearty “allora,” a word whose meaning he doesn’t know. Trying to get “prego mile” to happen and triumphantly throwing a “mangiamo insieme” at the haughty woman behind the counter were two particularly amusing moments that I think I liked even more because of my familiarity with the Italian language from my own time spent there. Meeting a woman who made a reservation for the wrong month and sharing a great birthday dinner with her was wonderful, and not only did he decide not to kiss her, he then had to contend with his phone being stolen by a fast robber on a bike. “Come se dice, funny coincidence” was another great line. At least Rachel’s still e-mailing him from Japan, so I’m hopeful that she’ll come back into his life. The black-and-white was a nice touch that gives this episode an added feeling of immersion into something totally different.

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