Much like season 1 before it, Love isn’t necessarily a great show but it is incredibly entertaining and addictive, mixing enough comedy, drama, and romance to make it a nice little Netflix binge. That being said, Love season 2 marks an impressive improvement over the first season, taking on more mature sensibilities and really nailing down the promise the highlights of season 1 pointed to.
I must attribute part of this to the great collection of directors they were able to assemble for season 2, among them Lynn Shelton who hits it out of the park when she’s in the director’s chair. Making A Day, the highlight of the season, Shelton embraces the essence of love as this complicated, abstract concept that guides your life, leading towards success and swerving you from it into a pit of despair. What makes Love so captivating aren’t its crazy cliff-hangers or wacky characters, its the way it respects the notion of love, keeping true to the sheer craziness it envelopes.
It might seem silly to say you’re hooked on a Netflix rom-com called Love, but the reality is there’s something extremely relatable that keeps you coming back. Love’s ability to humanize its characters and themes is what keeps you coming back, the people in this show aren’t necessarily primed for a grand finale, making the viewing experience all the more riveting because you don’t know what the outcome might be. You see the light at the end of the tunnel straight ahead and all of a sudden the show-runners turn you away from it, leading you in an entirely different direction, but still keeping that light in your peripheral vision, they’re toying with you the whole time and that’s why Love works so well.
As for the evolution of the series as a whole from season 1 to season 2, I have to say season 2 is an improvement on season 1.Just like the first season, it has its ups and downs here and there, especially towards the final episodes in which a sub-plot involving one of Mickey’s ex’s arises and its done in an incredibly choppy and rushed manner which makes you think about why they even decided to include it. Besides that major flop, most of Love’s episodes are equally fun and at times sad, dealing with that raw notion of love I mentioned previously. All the main players are still killing it , both Mickey and Gus are great, truly carrying the weight of the show on their shoulders. What can I say, Love season 2 is even better than its predecessor, I’m hoping this marks an exponential trend but if doesn’t that still means we’ve still got an awesome show about love and all the craziness that hovers around it to watch on a lazy Sunday.