Friday, March 27, 2020

What I’m Watching: Black Monday (Season Premiere)

Black Monday: Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2 “Mixie-Dixie” and “So Antoine” (B+)

When this show finished its first season almost a full year ago, it hadn’t yet been renewed for a second season, and I was more interested in seeing its stars in their next project than a theoretical new iteration of this one. Fortunately, this two-part premiere has reinvigorated my faith in this premise and the viability of this show. It’s definitely outrageous, and whenever it seems like it might not take the wilder route, it always does. I liked seeing Dawn in charge of an almost entirely female company, though she’s definitely inherited a lot more of Mo’s management style than she’d like to think. It was entertaining to see them finishing each other’s sentences when they did finally reunite, though the newly chilled-out Mo is already ready to hatch some new comeback while helping Keith not get murdered by the cartel. The absurd most wanted video at the start was funny, and I like that the host couldn’t even report that he had found his target without waiting on hold. Blair and Tiff are doing well for themselves, and I liked seeing both Tuc Watkins from “Desperate Housewives” and Patrick Fabian from “Better Call Saul” as important personal and political contacts for the very hot Blair. Their new arrangement is very beneficial and should allow them plenty of success, especially now that they’re on the one desirable block in Manhattan. Larry seemed heartbroken about the death of his brother, but the revelation that Lenny is very much alive and eager for revenge means that Dawn is going to have to watch her back since her TBD Group is not as Mo-free as she wishes it was. Bring on more of the ridiculousness!

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