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Euphoria season 2 review: The overloaded Zendaya drama loses its own strengths in the Sky Atlantic series

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Euphoria never seemed like a gig that knew what it wanted to be.

It wants to shock, for sure. Season 2 of the HBO series – available in the UK on Atlantic sky and NOW TV – maintain the original confidence. It almost constantly calls attention to itself, with a reflexive “look at me” quality that makes it almost impossible to complain. It’s a show that, while not exactly controversial, won’t do its job if someone, somewhere, doesn’t petition against it – really, you get the feeling that creator Sam Levinson would be disappointed if Happiness Launched for evaluation only.

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But now that’s priced in the equation; it’s hard to be provocative when that’s exactly what people expect. The Question on Season 2 – begins almost three years after the first season ended, a long time for any viewers to stay with the show, especially the teenage audience age – is whether Euphoria has any tricks left after the shock value has worn off, or if it’s a series whose scope is essentially very limited.

Throughout the first 7 episodes of Season 2, Euphoria never managed to reinvent herself. Worse still, it feels like it’s lost its own power too: it’s a show so preoccupied with a particular vision of its own existence that it never realizes them all. is different the things it does well, and all the other directions in which it can – and likely should – push itself.

Two scenes from the season premiere exemplify this. The first is a scene where a character is drawn deeper into a world of drugs and violence, threatened by an agent higher up in the supply chain; The second sees another character hiding in the bathroom, desperate not to be caught sleeping with someone she shouldn’t. Both are moments of suspense, but when one is tense, the other is completely bare. Euphoria is the least enjoyable when it’s a crime movie, but there’s a version of itself somewhere that could be a really good teen movie.

It’s really good at a few things. Euphoria can be pretty funny, sometimes enjoying a kind of needless humor that makes you almost wish it was a full-blown comedy. It’s best when it recognizes that any teen story is always exaggerated and exaggerated, so let go of any obligation to realism – not in the sense that it’s better when it portrays the simple things don’t happen to teenagers, but its more imaginative moments subtle and flourishing, re-imagining the performance like a slideshow presentation or an interview backstage television.

However, it rarely feels interested in those aspects of itself, opting instead for the self-conscious maximalism, trying-too-hard-and-too-difficult-as it did last season; Anyone hoping the series will learn a few lessons from the Christmas specials that are really good, grown up, and already released in 2020 will likely be disappointed. It does make some improvements (giving more space to Colman Domingo and Maude Apatow in particular) but often makes the same mistakes (Euphoria is again baffled by how enticing it is). Jacob Elordiof Nate, a villain always so callous that he’s the most down-to-earth of them all). At its worst, the series is messy and overwhelming, making one strain to hear its own noise.

However, this is still By Zendaya first and foremost, and Euphoria remains dedicated to giving her a showcase of her talents. You can already tell which episode will be her award-winning piece, filled with stories of screaming history and euphoric energy; she’s much better, though, in moments of quiet cruelty and defiant coldness, it feels like Euphoria suddenly becomes surprisingly observant. It’s the first who could win her next Emmy for Zendaya, but it’s the second she’ll deserve it, letting that world-weariness influence the molding into success. utter contempt in a way that feels more real than anything else Euphoria is committed to on screen.

It holds true to the show in general, really: Euphoria is much better when it’s quiet than when it’s loud. Not in the sense that it shouldn’t be enhanced or exaggerated – the first half of the finale is probably the best episode of the season, and it’s certainly not underrated – but in the sense that sometimes it just needs to be. out of its own accord. Like any teen drama – but especially one full of rising stars like this – Euphoria is about to expire quickly. While a third series is almost certain, a fourth seems unlikely; hopefully, it can improve on the second in all the ways that the second doesn’t on the first.

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Huynh Nguyen

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