Kevin C. Wong

TV Series - Ted Lasso s2 (2021) [+]

Ted Lasso season 2 manages to be as good as season 1 while maintaining it's positive and humanist approach. Ted (Jason Sudeikis) maybe fades a little more into the background but he has some deep introspective scenes with team psychologist Sharon (Sarah Niles). We also have a couple of good subplots with the evolving relationship between Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) and Keeley (Juno Temple) and even the return of a more self-aware Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster) who still loves Keeley. Also like the other subplot between team owner Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) and evolving star player Sam Obisanya (Toheeb Jimoh).

Nathan (Nick Mohammed) makes a slow evolution into resentment, pettiness, and becomes a bad guy for next season. I head some people didn't like it and his turn seems a bit abrupt at the start of the season but we're talking about several months passing between those two episodes and his descent the rest of the episodes seems pretty natural.

Apparently there were 10 episodes layed out and mostly shot when Apple asked for two more episodes. So we get two fairly standalone episodes, the excellent #2.4 Carol of the Bells -- a Christmas episode with heartwarming themes -- and the bit weird #2.9 Beard After Hours where Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt) and three recurring pub characters have a wild night out in the city.

I'm looking forward to the third and probably final season and hope it can hit a satisfying ending for the various characters.