Wednesday, March 24, 2021

What I’m Watching: Breeders (Season Premiere)

Breeders: Season 2, Episode 1 “No Surrender” (B+)

I’m so glad to have this show back – it was one of my favorite new series of last year and I had completely forgotten about its existence in the almost full year since season one ended (aside from to praise it as one of the top new series at the end of 2020). The first of these two new episodes was a great reintroduction to these characters, showing Luke and Ava as real people who are going to give their parents even more of a challenge as they develop personalities and turn into teenagers. Paul cycling through therapists who don’t want to hear that anger is healthy and who are unsurprisingly not flattered by his assessment that it was mostly time wasted is an entertaining and helpful framing device, especially since he’s evidently not doing a superb job of controlling his anger. Ally getting even more upset was less expected, but luckily everything seems to have worked out okay for now, with Paul connecting even more deeply than before with his son when he found out he was just spending time by himself, getting to return the camera neither of them really wanted, and Ava getting a phone so she could walk home from school on her own. I enjoyed Paul talking to his parents about technology, parenting, and responsibility, and how he misinterpreted his father emphasizing the bigger picture as a metaphor rather than a comment about the actual size of the new television Paul had just hooked up for them.

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