It’s very interesting to think about why Season 1 resonated in 2020 and why this new season is likely to strike a chord with viewers in 2021. During the quarantine, we all needed the cheerful outlook that Ted Lasso offered, but a year later it’s time to process where that horrible year left us. Season 2 emphasizes the importance of communicating your problems or feelings, whether with friends and loved ones or with a professional.
Mental health doesn’t dominate every episode screened for critics, though. Season 2 dives deeper Ted Lasso‘s supporting cast, with Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) back on the hunt for love. Along the way, she comes across several sweet examples of what a healthy relationship looks like, such as Roy (Brett Goldstein) and Keeley (Juno Temple) and their wonderful communication and even Higgins (Jeremy Swift) and his loving marriage to his wife, to go along with some examples of what she shouldn’t be looking for, like Beard’s new volatile relationship. Each character is given something meaningful to do, highlighting how special this ensemble really is.
if Ted Lasso season 2 has flaws, it’s that there just isn’t enough conflict. You would think Richmond’s relegation and a shaky start to the new season would put pressure on Lasso and the rest of the club, but that pressure isn’t felt until late in the season. And while the emphasis on the supporting cast is great, Ted’s feelings about being away from home and his relationship with his ex-wife feel a little out of the spotlight on early outings. Thankfully, this isn’t as much of a problem as it seems, as characters like Rebecca, Roy, and even Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster) can handle the weight just fine.
Make no mistake; Ted Lasso is still the coziest, most pleasant watch you can find on television and it still manages to surprise in small, but rewarding ways. Roy Kent has become one of my most beloved television characters and a Christmas special episode this season is sure to be a holiday favorite for many years to come. We still need Ted Lasso because we always need works of art that are life-affirming, heartfelt and comforting. It’s rare that something can lift your spirits so constantly, and we certainly shouldn’t take it for granted.
Ted Lasso Season 2 premieres Friday, July 23 with the first episode on Apple TV+.
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