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January 20, 2018 7:15 AM - Season 2, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Season Two Premiere. The Guy has a busier-than-usual day as New Yorkers react to some world-changing news.

In an extraordinary season opening, the show looks at our current common feeling of dysphoria and shock. Without ever naming the catastrophe in the show, we can still identify with the fear and confusion The Guy witnesses all around him. He ends up having a very busy and profitable day bringing weed to customers just trying to cope. And the final thread, with its simple and near silent story, is both beautiful and poignant and brought me to tears. This was a powerful episode.
posted by Stanczyk (7 comments total)

Man this was so good. I decided to imagine that the tragedy was the terrorist attack on Congress that happens in The Handmaid's Tale, putting them in the same universe. It was pretty devestating, I don't recommend it.
posted by bleep at 2:33 PM on January 20, 2018

The last sequence with Luiz ending his late shift, picking up his son, and the balloon scene on the subway was indeed gorgeous.

I love NYC so goddamn much, it is rare for shows to truly capture all of it's magic and depression and weirdness and electricity and loneliness and camaraderie so accurately but this one pulls it off, more than anything in my opinion.
posted by windbox at 6:37 AM on January 21, 2018 [2 favorites]

I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH. It's up there with Detectorists in my "shows to watch when everything is terrible and I want to not live in this world anymore" pantheon.

I made my husband watch it with me last night. He's never seen it before and after we stopped hyperventilating from laughing after the reveal that the two guys having the threesome are brothers he turned to me and was like, "You know, this show is really good!" Uh, yeah, dude. I'm not the person in this house who watches any old CW superhero nonsense. I've got standards, you should trust my judgement! So I think I'll probably go back and show him the webseries and season 1.
posted by soren_lorensen at 8:55 AM on January 21, 2018 [2 favorites]

I never knew about Detectorists but I'm watching it now. I love it. Thanks for that.
posted by Stanczyk at 5:25 PM on January 21, 2018 [1 favorite]

omg the balloon scene at the end! Made me hysterical with joy, sadness, and empathy all at once. They needed that so much! I loved how it started with everyone just watching, then joy starts to seep in and become contagious. Then they must all give in, reach out and play with the balloon.

I imagined the event was Trumps election night. The whole city that knows him best horrified. And it made me not feel too fatalistic because I could imagine some of them later participating in marches and working towards greater civic engagement. But I can be overly optimistic much of the time. In their world and in mine.

Wonderful episode.
posted by dog food sugar at 8:21 PM on January 21, 2018

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