Thursday, August 20, 2020

Netflix Catch-Up: The Kominsky Method

The Kominsky Method: Season 2

I did two things when I watched the second season of this show that I don’t usually do: got through the entire thing in under a week, and broke my cardinal rule of not watching a second episode before reviewing the first. There’s a reason that I don’t typically do that, since now it’s ten months later and I never ended up writing about any of the episodes. After being unexpectedly snubbed for Best Comedy Series last year, this show did get into that race this year, submitting six of its eight episodes for consideration, and both Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin got nominated again. I do think that they’re both deserving and do great work even if some believe that they’re not trying all that hard. Douglas’ selected episode, “Chapter 12: A Libido Sits in the Fridge,” is the one that finds him contending with the unanticipated consequences of medication and his entertaining relationship with Lisa. Arkin’s is “Chapter 14: A Secret Leaks, a Teacher Speaks,” which has him beginning treatment and taking new steps in how he interacts with Madelyn and Phoebe. Both are strong and excellent choices. I appreciated the recurring guest appearances from Lisa Edelstein as Phoebe, Jane Seymour as Madelyn, and Nancy Travis as Lisa, as well as the increased focus on Sarah Baker’s Mindy. I was surprised to see Paul Reiser, who had the pleasure of meeting at a screening at Sundance, as Mindy’s much older boyfriend, and he definitely had fun with that part. I also enjoyed the guest spots from Kathleen Turner, Allison Janney, and Haley Joel Osment, whose sister Emily has been a member of the cast since it started. I look forward to watching the third and final season when it premieres – and reviewing each episode as I watch it.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Alan Arkin

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