Updated: May 26, 2020
Series: Dead to Me (Season 2)
Starring: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden, Valerie Mahaffey, Sam McCarthy, Michelle Gutierrez
Review: Klep Napier
Rating: 3X out of 5X
Jen, Judy and their ever dysfunctional friendship are back in play for season 2 after Jen suddenly evens the score with Judy with an unexpected turn of events.
Last time we saw the two, Judy living with Jen and her two kids, had admitted to being responsible for running down Jens husband by accident and not returning to make sure he was ok, ultimately leaving him for dead.
This dramatically severed their friendship, until later that night when Jen learns the actual truth behind Judy's awful mistake and is pushed beyond a level of rage Jen is known all too well for.
Season two picks right up from morning after that night, and Judy and Jen are forced back into each other’s lives in order to protect each other, and what's left of Jens family. Her two boys.
The season wins mostly for its ability to raise the steaks at every turn. In this season we learn more about the night Jens husband Ted died and even more about Judy’s ex husband Steve and twin brother (James Marsden). Yes that’s right, his "almost" identical twin who shows up when Steve mysteriously goes missing. This season makes each character more and more interesting than the first season as it moves along and will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. Hats off to young Sam McCarthy son of Brat Pack legend Andrew McCarthy who steals most scenes with his adolescent teen smug attitude. He embodies the emotion of teenage grief when a parent is lost. And his character Charlie is no idiot. Something isn’t right and Charlie is hip to the secrets his mother is selling him and his clueless yet innocent little brother.
Where this season loses however is although they keep you engaged and the characters grow, when consequences come into play this season is literally season one flipped around from Judy to Jen’s perspective. Secrets are held and eventually the truth must come out. This is literally the same formula from the first season and at some point you're left expecting the “confrontation” between our two protagonists who simply love to keep things from one another in order to protect each other and their friendship.
Overall (Dead to Me) is on a roll that we don’t see slowing down any time soon. It ends on a super cliffhanger much different from the first season but leaves you drooling for a season three without a doubt. Let’s just hope they can keep the momentum.