‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 is the Object of My Desires

Nobody expects “Bridgerton” to be strong in its plot; as an avid consumer of historical dramas, I went into the second season expecting nothing more than familiar characters, outfits and feel-good romance. From the second Kate is introduced on horseback with her unkempt hair flying behind her, the audience knows she and Anthony must end up together, making the show all the more enjoyable.

‘Severance’? Yeah, I’m Outie

“Severance” encourages us to think independently, without our employers in mind. The show communicates that our jobs need us more than we need them, and it is from here that our power arises.

The Thirteen-Reasons-Why-Ification of ‘Euphoria’

I certainly believe that television should be challenging and make us think, but I also believe that the primary purposes of television should be entertainment and amusement. When a show decides to be too challenging, like ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’, it often has to sacrifice amusement. “Euphoria” knew how to walk the line perfectly, and Season One proves that. 

Arcane: A Unanimous Masterpiece

“Arcane” is seminal in its resounding contribution to mature animated series, a genre lamentably neglected by the Western world. It is a luminary in its field and will undoubtedly prompt studios to attempt to replicate its “formula,” which will likely yield a slew of soulless cashgrabs that fail to recreate the show’s methodical writing. 

The Good, “The Great” and the Ugly

It begins with a lackluster episode, “Heads It’s Me,” a minefield of forced humor and a casual end to the coup against Peter that occupied the whole of the last season. It tries to tie up the loose threads of the far more compelling finale that preceded it. On average, however, the writing does improve gradually,  as Catherine and her court adjust to her new reign and her pregnancy. Intrigue is layered upon intrigue, ambitions and appalling mistakes rising like the smoke from poisonous candles Catherine receives for her attempts at diplomacy. At times sickening, at others charming, The Great’s second season is a woozy, erratic take on similar themes to its first: idealism, desire and the price of power.