Euphoria season 2 review: the series raises the bar of quality of today’s audiovisual products
TITLE: Euphoria. GENUS: teen drama. COUNTRY: USA. DIRECTOR: Sam Levinson. CAST: Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi, Sydney Sweeney, Alexa Demie, Angus Cloud, Maude Apatow, Eric Dane, Barbie Ferreira, Colman Domingo, Dominic Fike. time: 8 episodes, 48-65 minutes. PRODUCTION: HBO. ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Sky. EXIT: January 9-February 27.
It ended in the Italian night there second season of Euphoria. The series, with protagonist zendaya and created by Sam Levinsonalready after the first season she had become a point of reference for the teen universe and beyond of the modern landscape. A captivating plot, well-characterized characters and a not indifferent technical quality has led Euphoria to the Olympus of the best series of recent years. This second season only confirms his status thanks to a new maturity, which we hope to see again in third season (already confirmed). Let’s go into the review of the second season of Euphoria, starting from the trailer!
The plot | Euphoria second season review
After a first season full of events and emotions (we leave you a recap here), Euphoria returns partially changing approach. In fact, if in his debut he had decided for an approach that presented all the characters and practically dedicated an episode to the past of each of them, the situation here is different. The number of main characters has been significantly reduced and the plots of only a handful of them are highlighted. Rue (Zendaya) is still struggling with drug addiction, despite her long dialogue with Ali (Colman Domingo) in the special episode at the end of 2020. Jules (Hunter Schafer) abandons the parable that had distinguished her throughout the first season and in the special episode dedicated to her, for a second season more in the background. Cassie comes to the fore (Sydney Sweeney) e Lexi (Maude Apatow), the real co-stars of these episodes. Cassie, ended the story with McKay (Algee Smith), begins a complicated story with Nate (Jacob Elordi), although this causes more problems than anything else; Lexi knows in the first episode Fez (Angus Cloud) and decides to stage a theatrical show, the real focus of this season.
Concreteness | Euphoria second season review
Euphoria’s first season featured one unique style. The flashy colors, the dialogues that oscillated between youthful slang and philosophical speeches and the refinement of the direction made everything something never seen before on television. In the second season all this is not distorted, but somewhat modified. The refinement is present, but not cumbersome, and is emphasized only at certain moments. In particular, the last two episodes are a triumph of traps against the viewer. When the particularity is missing, however, concreteness emergeswhich was sometimes missed in the first season. If the former was the season of excess, this is the season of maturity. Many of the characters go on a much more personal and deeper journey than the original 8 episodes. They give us a way to become attached to them in a less superficial way than we could in the debut season.
Fewer characters, more emotions | Euphoria second season review
Compared to the first season, as mentioned, we see the evolution in a more detailed way of a handful of characters. McKay, one of my favorites of the first season, almost totally disappears from the radar and Kat (Barbie Ferreira) is left a lot on the sidelines. Even Jules appears much less than might have been expected. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it certainly gives a signal. In the first season the large number of characters also served to show diversity of the series, its involving almost all extremes of the new society of our times. The second, on the other hand, serves a focus on the characters who truly have something to say. Cassie’s path, as well as Lexi’s, are the spearheads of these 8 episodes. On the one hand we have a character who has gone within a season from being a victim to being the queen of the evening, highlighting the skills of her interpreter, absolutely out of the ordinary, while on the other we have one snubbed. during the first season but here he was able to make the most of the opportunities he received, staging some of the best moments of the series.
The second season of Euphoria confirms the goodness of the series and, if possible, raises its level. If the first was the season of the explosion, which was supposed to amaze everyone, the second is that of confirmation and maturity, waiting to find out what the third has in store for us. The cast performances are unmatched and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a second Emmy win for Zendaya (also recently seen in Dune and Spider-Man No Way Home), nor would it surprise me to see at least one other actor nominated for one of the major awards next year. There refinement of the direction does not disappear but, while maintaining an enviable elegance and style, let history take over, emerging only when necessary. Euphoria is destined to definitively mark the generation of which he speaks and to whom he turns. It is particularly so for the sensitive way in which he deals with delicate issues and for masterfully painting images that will remain in our collective imagination for a long time.
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Points in favor
- La performance del cast
- The maturity reached by the plot
- The direction is less flashy
- Different weight to the characters compared to the first season
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