Season 2 Review
There is always the stigma of trending shows that have caused an uproar in the media and have tremendous pressure to deliver in the second season. Euphoria was no exception! In my review for Season One, I pointed out how this HBO drama was unapologetic in its writing, directing, etc. Season Two, of course, carries that same attitude, with Rue falling further into her addiction right after Jules leaves her at the train station. On top of that, we have Fez giving Nate an excellent old fashion beat down, Cassie being a horrible friend, and Lexi showing the viewers why we loved her so much on season one. NOT TO MENTION, Maddy giving Cassie the verbal and physical beat that she DESERVED! So let’s get into it.
This season had its fair share of uncomfortable scenes from start to finish. But I want to talk about Rue for this paragraph because she has done a lot this season that I could write a whole other essay about, but I’m going to have to construct this in a couple of sentences. First, Rue has managed to destroy every friendship (family or otherwise) for the sake of drugs. Second, Zendaya embodies Rue as she falls further into her destruction. We’ve all said it, but I will remind you. GIVE ZENDAYA AN EMMY! Her scenes were the hardest to watch because her scenes hit home for me. Especially with Gia (Storm Reid) finally presenting her true feelings about Rue and her addiction. I’m a younger brother with an older sister who used drugs to cope with her depression and has had a fair share of episodes that I bared witness too, and it was really tough to watch. And yes, I had developed anger towards her because it felt like she didn’t care how her actions affected our family.
“You’re not a good person, Rue.”, said Rue’s mom, Leslie, as she attempted intervention with Rue’s closest friends. That scene made my eyes flood with tears because Rue was about to lose everything; FOR DRUGS.
I believe that the central theme behind Rue’s upbringing is accepting change. All of her actions originated from not taking her dad’s death. When Rue said in her speech at the funeral, “You said that if we wanted to be together, all I have to do is close my eyes,” I believe she took that quite literally. From her dependence on drugs to her suicidal thoughts, Rue’s reasoning for pushing her loved ones away is that she misses her dad. So for half of her teenage years, she was stuck in limbo until she eventually found the way to the light through her friends and family.
Although Rue’s story was beautiful this season, another story needs recognition: Lexi and her fantastic play, “Our Life: A Play About Friendship.”
Lexi (Maude Apatow) went from an observer to a bold director in 8 episodes. I enjoyed every moment of Lexi’s character development, especially her precious forbidden-Esque, and not to mention, ADORABLE love for Fez. It suffices to say that the fandom loves Lexi because we have seen her stay on the sidelines like an innocent bystander until we finally see her advocate for herself and do something she loves.
I’m not going to break down every character story arc in this review (because there’s a lot, so WATCH THE SHOW). Still, almost everyone had an epiphany or breakthrough with themselves, primarily through drinking. Everyone has a chance to find out something about themselves that they’ve either kept bottled up or are just realizing through spontaneous combustion. And in turn, everyone gets closure in their own way.
Overall, I give this season a 9/10 rating, and the reason why is because not every character gets their moment in the end. Primarily because of controversy behind the camera. For example, Barbie Ferreira and Sam Levinson’s feud about her character were dulled down by Season 2. Furthermore, we never see Chris Mckay after episode two because Algee Smith has supposedly left the show entirely for reasons unknown. Besides that, its message and delivery are real and impactful. Throughout this season, I enjoyed every minute of this show and the messages they conveyed through abstract and artistic directing by Sam Levinson. Also, if you are looking for a display to get high to, I would definitely suggest this one. In fact, it helped me get through the brutal scenes, like Rue’s breakdown or Cassie’s very cringy drinking spree at Maddy’s birthday party.
In conclusion, even though there were hiccups at the beginning, the show still excels in its themes and visual directing. In the end, they still got it right.