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March 26, 2019 at 10:06 am #1202830094
The show is returning with quite strong reviews. Apparently, the show is leaning to drama more which yielded the strongest material in the first season.March 26, 2019 at 10:47 am #1202830159
In such a weak year for the category, could it end up going drama? I realize that that’s very unlikely, but it’s interesting to see what they could do there. Hader and Winkler would be much more likely to repeat wins, Goldberg could probably get in for supporting actress, and while it wouldn’t have a shot at even winning series, I could see it snagging a writing win too. I could see them not wanting to cramp Veep’s chances at a sweep. However, then it would be likely be cramping Game of Thrones’ chances at Dinklage’s win and noms for Harington and Turner. It won’t happen, as they won’t want to switch categories so fast, but it’s just interesting to consider the option. Food for thought.March 26, 2019 at 1:49 pm #1202830346
The show is returning with quite strong reviews. Apparently, the show is leaning to drama more which yielded the strongest material in the first season. http://collider.com/barry-season-2-review/#images https://www.indiewire.com/2019/03/barry-season-2-review-hbo-bill-hader-1202053445/
I’ve seen three reviews (Collider, Indiewire, EW) and metacritic has rated them exactly the same as their corresponding reviews for S1. I’d say it probably falls in the mid 80s on Metacritic.March 26, 2019 at 2:50 pm #1202830403
Barry (Hader), who may have earned the nickname “Baz” during the break (captions will have to confirm the mumbly dialogue) has made a few key changes to distance himself from his old life.March 26, 2019 at 11:44 pm #1202830756
Absolutely eager to get back to one of the best tv shows of the past year.April 2, 2019 at 5:56 pm #1202837902
I am a bit surprised no one has had anything to say about the premiere. I was admittedly not the biggest fan of season one, though I thought the last two episodes were a huge step up from everything that preceded it. That being said, I was still sort of excited to see the return of the show and a large part of that was Bill Hader’s performance (my second favorite in the Lead Actor in a Comedy category last year, after Donald Glover).
I thought this premiere episode was really good and the show feels much more assured of its tone now. It is definitely becoming more dramatic with comedic touches, and that’s fine. Hader is still a massive draw and gives a great performance. Henry Winkler was good here too with the little he was given. But the surprise for me was Anthony Carrigan, whose character I moderately tolerated last season. He seems to have a bigger role this season and provided much of the comic relief, yet we get that final scene and he feels legitimately threatening. It also seems like they made a concentrated effort to boost some of the ensemble roles, but if that means more D’Arcy Carden, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Darrell Britt-Gibson among others, I’m good with that.
Overall, I’m excited for the rest of the season and I hope the show lives up to some lofty expectations based on the praise that I didn’t really understand last season, but appears it may be deserving of this year.April 2, 2019 at 9:20 pm #1202838011
The premiere was decent enough I guess, but if the reviews are accurate I expect it to get a lot better soon. I hope they campaign hard for Anthony Carrigan, he’s so obviously the best thing about the show. There’s no way you can call this show a comedy without his performance.April 3, 2019 at 2:31 am #1202838184
I agree with @moviefan61794 pretty much across the board. Last season for me started with six bad comedy episodes and finished with two good drama episodes. I expected the show just to continue as a drama (and I would move it over to drama for my personal awards), but they brought the comedy back instead and actually made it work. Anthony Carrigan has never been better and this was the first time that I cared for his performance. Henry Winkler was also great, although I cringe at how he does not know how to pronounce his character’s last name (introductory French being a part of the curriculum up here). Flourishes from Hiro Mirai were limited, so I hope that the next episode is a better submission for him. I figure that he is getting nominated, so it would be nice for it to be justified. What does it mean that Barry has such shadowy stubble now?April 3, 2019 at 8:03 am #1202838463
I loved the first season. I thought this premiere was terrific. The biggest surprise of the episode for me was Anthony Carrigan, I thought he was good last season but he was the MVP this episode. Hilarious in the first half of the episode, and genuinely intimidating in his final scene.
I’m a huge fan of the tone of this show and it’s delicate balance between black comedy and drama. The flashback scene on stage is terrific. I can’t wait to see how the season continues.April 8, 2019 at 5:23 am #1202843958
Wow, no one on here seems to care for this. I just watched the first 2 eps, hadn’t realised it premiered last Sunday. It’s ok, same level as S1, though I’ll never understand how it has gotten showered with Emmy noms and its 2 leads have won Emmys for this. I enjoyed them. The show masquerades its dramatic nature into half-hour comedy which makes it a fraud to me when it comes to the Emmys. I hope Sarah Goldberg receives Emmy recognition one day.April 8, 2019 at 5:42 am #1202843996
These past two episodes were funnier than anything last season, and Hader, Winkler, Carrigan and Goldberg are all great.April 8, 2019 at 12:13 pm #1202844593
Barry snatched “Helen” writer Taofik Kolade from Atlanta for this season and this will be his only script credit—an episode directed by the man who has directed two thirds of Atlanta. I felt shades of that show in the structure of this episode. I was actually weary in the early goings; things seemed a bit too comfortable after everything blew up toward the end of the first season and I had instead been hoping that the show would be able to keep up that momentum. Like in Atlanta, the ending sneaked up on me and it gave new context to what happened before it.
Like last week, this was funnier than anything from the first season, particularly Fuches playing dumb during his interrogation. Anthony Carrigan had a much smaller role here, but his material worked again. I also appreciated the subtle arc that Gene had in this episode. I am less here for the Sally stuff, which verges on the rehashed satire of Episodes. But part of even that paid off in the episode’s climax, with the flash cut of her (denouncing violent partners) as Barry contemplated pulling the trigger.
Interesting seeing D’Arcy Carden in such a thankless role. It is like when you watch something from a decade ago and someone more famous now has a role deep in the credits, like Amy Adams recurring in The Office or even Dean Norris having a bit part in the flashbacks of season 5, episode 13 of Lost. It is as if Carden is in her past and present simultaneously. Similarly, Patrick Fabian had a cameo in this episode—and got a co-star credit (as opposed to guest)! You would think that being a series regular on all of the Outstanding Drama Series-nominated seasons of Better Call Saul would yield more leverage.April 8, 2019 at 1:32 pm #1202844670
I’m loving the season so far, even though I wasn’t a big fan of the show in its first season.
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