Season two of “Ted Lasso” uplifts humor and heart
Apple TV + twice captures lightning in a bottle with its electrifying second season of the hit comedy drama “Ted Lasso”.
The show hilariously tells a classic underdog / fish out of water story about a happy and lucky college football coach Ted Lasso (Jason Sudekis), who moves to the UK to run a football club in difficulty in London. Although initially met with resistance, the adorable Coach Lasso manages to charm the hearts of players, fans and the club’s recently divorced owner, Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham). Season two resumes with Richmond desperately trying to find his way into the Premier League.
First of all, you don’t have to be a football (soccer) fan or even a sports fan to enjoy this show. I was reluctant to watch myself, mainly because I never really liked football. However, while there are many sporting elements, the show focuses on characters and comedy.
I can’t stress enough how funny this show is. “Ted Lasso” is one of the best comedies since “The Office” ceased airing in 2013. This is in large part due to the phenomenal cast who deserve all the awards he has received.
Sudakis in particular is the star. He was born to play this role perfectly, balancing Lasso’s unquenchable optimism and hilarity with his hidden pain. I can’t imagine any other actor playing this role.
That being said, the series is far from just a dumb sitcom. His many three-dimensional characters and relationships are used to tackle complex issues such as mental health, divorce, friendship, and love, and ultimately, he sends a simple yet powerful message: believe.
Parent / child relationships are another central theme this season. Season two delves even deeper into the psyche of the main cast as it explores their many flaws, and often relationships with parents are at the heart of those issues. This is especially true for Jaime (Phil Dunster). He started the first season as an arrogant tyrant, but slowly grows more likable after we are introduced to his despicable father.
Coach Lasso also deals with similar issues. Lasso spends most of the season forming a reluctant relationship with the team’s new sports psychiatrist, Dr.Sharon Fieldstone (Sarah Niles), and thanks to that relationship, we finally get a glimpse of why Ted is like he is. is, and it’s devastating.
In general, it’s the relationships that make this show pop. From the fantastic friendship between Ted and Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt), to the love / hate dynamic that develops between Roy (Brett Goldstein) and Jaime, to the more intimate bond between Roy and Keeley (Juno Temple), almost everyone feels credible and nuanced. It is so captivating to see these relationships grow and change and so heartwarming to see these friends supporting each other through hardships and celebrating triumphs together.
The only relationship that didn’t quite work out for me was between Rebecca and her secret lover. Once the person is revealed there is a very uncomfortable age gap that hampered my investment in them. Nate also got the small end of the stick this season. His character deviates greatly from Season 1, which is a shame because he was one of my favorites. His motives are not strong enough to justify his horrific actions.
Despite this, “Ted Lasso” is just a fantastic wellness show. It was something I looked forward to every week. For 30 minutes, I was able to disappear into this wonderful world of complex and endearing characters and come out happier and more inspired. If you can handle his sometimes scorching humor, “Ted Lasso” is an absolute must!
4.5 / 5