Euphoria season 2 premiere review: Do the most

Regardless of how many characters crash in and out of them, most episodes of Happiness Start by focusing on one person. Introduced by protagonist and narrator Rue Bennet (Zendaya), HBO’s provocative teen drama Join one of her teenage classmates for a whirlpool tour of their history. It is usually a dead person.

Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) has a father struggling with addiction who left her family when she was young, and the boys are now constantly against her. Nate (Jacob Elordi), struggling with his sexuality, turning his frustrations into sport and rage, is said to be the villain of the show. Kat (Barbie Ferriera) struggles with body image, finding confidence around an orange girl, only to disconnect from her real-life friends. And Jules (Hunter Schafer), HappinessThe other main character of, is a new transgender girl in town, interweaving in and out of the drama of these kids and their friends while trying to find fulfillment on her terms.

HappinessThe first season – which premiered in June 2019, its return was delayed two and a half years by the coronavirus pandemic – is noted for being HBO’s first teen series and building on it by using make extensive use of the freedoms afforded by pay television. As outrageous like teen dramas like Riverdale can be, none of them can hold a candle to Happiness, a show never meets an illegal impulse, it will not indulge, nor a boundary it will not push. Most of the show’s episodes feature a lot of nudity, heavy drug use, and occasional violence. Since it’s a show about teenagers (all played by actors in their 20s) it also tends to trigger any paternal instincts viewers may have: These kids doing Most, anytime.

Jules on Euphoria sitting on a chair at a party

Photo: Eddy Chen / HBO

Based on an Israeli TV series of the same name and brought to the states by writer/director Sam Levinson, Happiness is an addictive allegory in the style of a teen drama. Rue is an addict, and the stories of her friends, filtered through her, give Happiness it focuses on stuffiness and catchy tunes. A given episode can soar from ecstatic party scenes to graphic depictions of sexual assault; from boring idle moments to epic choreographed dances.

During the season 2 premiere last weekend, Happiness returns from a long hiatus with an episode focusing on Fezco (Angus Cloud), the drug dealer with a heart of gold and Rue’s weak spot.

As a drug dealer in the user and user story, he has a clearer view than most, but it is one that few appreciate, given his profession and status. I am a high school student. He hates the cycle, but knows there’s only one place he can survive it, and every time he tries to step out of it, he’s beaten back to where he supposed he belongs. .

Through Fezco, the show is at its brutalest, but another example of the show’s maximalism, where everything plays out just as wildly as its characters feel it, and before the episode even halfway his supplier is dead and he and his friends are being held at gunpoint by people said the supplier works for.

Fezco on Euphoria talking to a girl at a party

Photo: Eddy Chen / HBO

This is just a small part of the launch, creating a whirlwind of catch-up Happiness acting at a party that’s the show in microcosm: A sloppy hook gives way to humiliation; Jules returns to town after Rue decides she can’t run away with last season, and everything stops in a beautiful moment of longing. And then it all ended in a vicious beating.

Because in Happiness, every adulthood is a tragedy. It’s a second birth that can lead to nowhere, stagnation at best, or at worst a metaphorical death – although real death is not out of the question either. It’s easy to get caught up in the show’s surface-level antics, because the show has put so much energy into those antics. It’s no doubt sensational, full of penis erections and random aggressive sex, and it’s hard to consider it a show about teenagers, even if the teen characters are the medium. selected.

Where is addiction its power as a story, and Happiness is the most attractive. In it, it makes sense that the story is about teenagers: the difference between youth and adulthood is that, in a few short years, happiness seems within reach.

Happiness Season 2 premiered now airing on HBO. New episodes drop every Sunday.

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Aila Slisco

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