Director(s): Declan Lowney
Cast: Jason Sudekis, Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt
Synopsis: After a tragedy, the team must come together to re-invigorate their star player.
Ted Lasso took the world by storm this past year. This show started its run during one of the worst overall years in recent history, and I don’t think there was a better time for it. In the same way that Season 1 just fit within the real world time, Season 2 aims to do the same with this pilot.
With the start of Season 2, we are brought forth with a tragedy that star Dani Rojas has to deal with. Just as Season 1 felt very timely with its message, Season 2 looks to continue that timeliness with storylines about moving on and adapting to something new. Many different characters are having to learn what it is like to move on.
The idea of moving on after a tragedy is something that should hit close to everyone watching. Season 1 taught us how to smile through the pain, but Season 2 is teaching us how to move on from that pain. It’s done in an elegant way, and not everything is wrapped up neatly in episode 1, however, a monologue given by Jason Sudekis, who is again at his very best in this role, should bring that same heartwarming feeling that the first season did so well. If Season 1 was our introduction to Ted Lasso, Season 2 looks to be our exploration into him as a character.
While Ted Lasso is still very much the center of the show, one of the best aspects about Season 2 that you catch onto quickly is the fact that they are branching out into this world as a whole. This isn’t solely Ted’s show anymore, it’s the entire AFC Richmond family. More characters are given the amount of screen time and backstories to bring to life their individual characters, and in doing so it allows for the show to expand even more.
We get to explore Danny’s conflicted relationship with football, Roy Kent in his relationship with Keeley and in his post football life, and we also get introduced to Sharon who is the perfect foil to Ted Lasso. She is stern and demanding, but she gets the job done and gets it done right. The interesting relationship set up between Lasso and Doctor Sharon is one that will be interesting to follow throughout the show.
Overall, Season 2 of Ted Lasso does everything I hoped of it and more. While in Season 1 we learned about Ted and his charming way into peoples hearts, Season 2 we are going to finally see that charm spread throughout the characters. Season 2 is just as funny, meaningful, and honest as its perfect predecessor.
Final: Ted Lasso continues to be one of the funniest and most heartwarming shows on television. Sudekis is as good as ever, and the supporting players get so much more time in the spotlight. Episode 1 teaches us how to come back from tragedy, and after the year we just had, Ted Lasso continues to be a show we need right now.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.