Insecure Season 2 on HBO is even more confident than its first season, with more dating and sex, thoughtful social commentary, and yes, Sterling K. Brown.
Last season of HBO’s Insecure ended on a bit of a sad cliffhanger with Issa’s scorned boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis) hooking up with the basic-but-sweet bank teller Tasha (Dominique Perry). Maybe it’s just another reason why comedy equals tragedy plus time, but for some reason, Season 2 of Insecure feels even funnier and fresher than Season 1.
Season 2 Issa is Single AF
Months have passed since Issa (Issa Rae) and Lawrence officially called it quits, and Issa is holding out hope that he’ll come back to her (after all, he won’t pick up his mail, so he’s clearly having problems himself). But not for too long. Rae proves that her character is even funnier when she’s a sad singleton, and while audiences are rooting for her to find happiness, it’s pretty hysterical watching her flounder on Tinder dates with unreliable photos and unflattering voice recognition (“I actually had a cold a few months ago”). As an actress, Rae is even more radiant in this second season.
Yvonne Orji, who plays Molly, continues to be a standout supporting player, as the lawyer looking for love in all of the wrong and right places (Sterling K. Brown, folks!) with mixed results. This season, she sneaks a peek at a check from a white male co-worker who hasn’t been there as long as she has and wonders what she has to do to get ahead (it involves schmoozing at Kings hockey games). Insecure never fails to make relevant cultural commentary that’s both funny and thoughtful, from questions surrounding bigoted black principals to cops letting Lawrence go on an illegal U-turn because he went to Georgetown.
The Bottom Line
Not to get all comparison-y to HBO’s Girls (and go all white-guilt Frieda on everyone’s ass), but it’s hard to talk about this show without mentioning its similar hipster predecessor, which earned five Emmy nominations, including one win, in its first season. It’s surprising that Insecure didn’t get Emmy attention for Season 1, but if it doesn’t get even one nomination for its even-better Season 2, like Kelli getting ready with the girls to go to Kiss-n-Grind, I’m gonna be dumping someone’s wine in the sink.