If you enjoy watching disasters play out before your eyes, you’ll love season two of the Netflix original series Love.
The twelve-episode season is like one very long train wreck, and by the end, you’re thoroughly engulfed in flames. That isn’t to say that it’s poorly written; Love’s writing is witty, youthful, and unique. However, the story follows two characters (Mickey and Gus) in a relationship and rarely strays to explore any minor characters or subplots. This is a compelling format, but it’s a recipe for disaster because Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Paul Rust) are truly terrible people.
The two characters go back and forth in the race toward “Worst Person on Earth”, but I think Mickey takes the crown in the end. She’s at a clear disadvantage because she’s never been in a functioning relationship and only knows how to self-sabotage, especially with overbearing Gus. In her defense, she is a recovering alcohol/drug/sex/love addict, (and she can pull off a leather skirt/oversized sweater combo like it’s nothing.) Plus, Gus pushed her into a relationship after she admitted to being a sex and love addict. Was that bad? Yeah, it was super bad; they’re bad people. Through most of the season, however, Gus works to support Mickey and improve things in the relationship while Mickey works to make them infinitely worse.
The true shining star of the show is Bertie (Claudia O’Doherty), Mickey’s roommate, who is hilarious, honest, and a much better person than the two leads. No matter what Mickey does to Gus, the meanness she shows Bertie is much more heartbreaking.
Is the show worth watching? Season one was lovable and fresh. Season two is a lot less so, but take that with a grain of salt considering I devoured the twelve episodes in a few days. In the end, love isn’t perfect, and Love is really not perfect. Watch it if you’re interested in seeing the two worst people in your friend group try to stumble their way through a relationship.
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Julia is a junior Media Arts and Design major with a concentration in Digital Video and Cinema
pursuing minors in sociology and creative writing. When she isn’t writing dance-heavy sketch comedy and managing the PR for Maddy Night Live, she’s adding commas to other people’s writing as a copy-editor for HerCampus JMU. Though her current career goal is to write for television, her varied interests (including poetry, layout design, and creative essay-writing) keep her in a fun state of uncertainty about the future.
She has been the recipient of the Blanche Garrett Memorial Endowment and the Madison Screenwriting Scholarship, both within the School of Media Arts and Design. Julia is a writer and editor for Pulp