These impressions contain spoilers for the first episode of ‘Love’ Season Two.
We’re back for another season of Love. If you missed it in its first outing, I’ll spell it out in a sentence; Love is yet another heartwarming Judd Appatow series with unlikable people. Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust star as the annoying Mickey and Gus.
I know what you’re thinking. How could a relationship between them work? They’re terrible people. And the answer is, it does and it doesn’t. The show revels in these opposites attracting, or repelling as the case may be. So perhaps Love is more realistic than your typical romcom.
This season continues straight off from the last season finale, with Gus and Mickey meeting again at a petrol station after a bit of a break (where they had their first meet cute). Things aren’t good between them. Gus cheated on her with a TV actress, and Mickey admits she is an addict.
“I’m an addict… I’m a drug addict. I’m an alcoholic, and I’m a sex and love addict.”
They get together to talk, although not much of that happens. Or anything intimate for that matter. Mickey tries to leave, but life keep getting in the way. It starts with her flatmate having loud sex in her flat, and ends in a full street lockdown on Gus’ street.
Mickey still wants to get away and Gus helps her avoid the lockdown until, well, the cops mistake him for the guy they’re searching for and tackle him to the ground. Instead of taking the chance to escape Mickey returns for Gus. We next see Gus in bed nursing an injured shoulder. It all got straightened out off camera. Mickey mentions now would be the time to kiss. But they don’t, and they fall asleep in the same bed. And we’re left hanging until the next episode.
“If we were gonna kiss, it would be right now.”
I predict it’s going to be a slow-burn until they get back together, much like their initial romance. Or maybe the writers will surprise us all and keep them at a distance for the rest of the season. Whatever the case, Love is bound to make us cringe at whatever mishaps these broken characters find themselves in.
Verdict: While both lead characters are infuriating, episodes are short and now I’m invested.
Where to watch: Netflix