This is a Netflix Original series that follows one young lady as she becomes suddenly skinny and enters the beauty pageant scene. This second season picks up right after the events of the first where things took a rather murderous angle. This season was exciting in regards to seeing where this plot could take things, and they back away from that a bit at the start.
This season truly does see our lead embrace some darker situations, and that’s interesting. It leads to yet another point where I’d be fascinated to see what a third season might be able to present. At the core of this is Patty (Debby Ryan), she battles food control issues, and knocked off a couple people at the end of the last season. The next closest extension of her, is her coach Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts). They’re both in strange situations, and this season pushes that forward. For being based around some school kids is quite adult in nature, and real life responsibilities are largely pushed aside by everyone.
There’s more depth for the various side characters here, and that builds towards some interesting reveals. This was also slightly more all over the place. Last season was a bit insanely wild in my opinion, and this one really strays at times. There are some weird out of place episodes, and just everything is so bizarre pacing wise.
I still found this second season of Insatiable to be rather funny, and interesting. It has some extreme looks at society, and these pageants. It’s also much gorier, and really embraces some darker tones along the way. I liked this direction, as it made sense and that tease for a third season is just too enticing.
They wrapped up a number of story lines, while also extending things in new weird ways. It’s all over the top, and most of the time too weird. Yet, it does work these angles well for some intriguing narrative points. You’ll never be able to guess where things go, or what happens. There’s some straight up strange side plots, and pacing wise I guess they focus enough on the main story. The internal thoughts are still there, the emoji play is minimized this time around.
It’s still quite colorful, very pageant focused and the treachery there is fascinating to see in action. There was good acting here, everyone is entirely into their strange situations. It does seem like Nonnie (Kimmy Shields) had a slightly smaller role this time around, but was still there when it was important. I felt a big series of reveals could have been handled well, strange amount of fallout and not enough reactionary situations afterwards.
Insatiable Season 2 isn’t quite as great as the first one, but still presents some interesting twists and you’ll never ever be able to guess where things head. Perhaps not in regards to the ending portion, but just how wild it goes in terms of where characters go and their thoughts along the way.
Debby Ryan was great as Patty once again, delivers on the beauty elements to the extreme while also having that broken yet almost psychotic edge to her. That character would be incredibly interesting to see explored further in an additional third season of Insatiable. The side characters are fine in this, they all have things to do. It seemed like some of them were downplayed a bit, even Bob Barnard (Christopher Gorham) didn’t have as much time on the screen it seemed.
That being said, the Bobs did have a rather unique connection develop between them throughout the season which might be what you expect it to be. This is an interesting show, it would never exist on traditional TV. I love that they push the limits of what’s possible in terms of bizarre moments, it’s great.
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