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Dollface season 2 evaluation: Kat Dennings’ Hulu comedy returns after we wanted it


There are about as some ways to deal with the pandemic as there are individuals making an attempt to take action. TV reveals aren’t any exception. Sure sequence put the problems entrance and heart: Gray’s Anatomy and That is Us rushed in with the same old melodramatic gusto, whereas Superstore discovered its world-weary big-box-store employees on the entrance line. Others fully punted the query of the pandemic both as a result of it wouldn’t match with the already particular world of the present (Riverdale can’t placed on a musical in quarantine, c’mon) or as a result of they had been capable of slip in a fast line explaining the pandemic was already over.

So it’s no shock that Hulu’s Dollface — like And Simply Like That, Mr. Mayor, and You earlier than it — rapidly leaps to the opposite aspect of the pandemic within the newly launched season 2. Following Jules (Kat Dennings), having efficiently reconnected along with her faculty associates after a break up made her notice she had deserted them for a person, Dollface is a present that thrives on a social scene. And, after a quick spell of lockdown collectively and Zoom calls between the 4 finest associates kicking the brand new season off, the foursome is reunited in particular person and hitting (for those who can imagine it) a large 30 Beneath 30 social gathering in Los Angeles.

Dollface can’t hold tempo with the now of omicron, which is to be anticipated. Whether or not reveals went all in on pandemic plotlines or not, they’ve virtually all the time felt a bit out of step with the ever-changing actuality of life below COVID-19. They couldn’t hold tempo with the memes or the day-to-day decisions we’ve to make round common hangs, not to mention the brand new variants and urgent grief that got here with coronavirus. There’s all the time some sense of TV reveals reflecting again an alternate actuality from the one we’re in. It’s bizarre to observe the second season of Jordan Weiss’ sequence take care of plots round planning European holidays or going to bars with out a masks, however then once more, when it filmed in the summertime of 2021, such issues felt not solely potential, however virtually regular.

The four friends of Dollface at a bar opening

Photograph: Jessica Brooks/Hulu

Like everybody else coming into the subsequent section of the pandemic, Jules and the gang are reassessing the place they’re at in life and what looks like a worthwhile step to self-actualizing. In fact, there’s the insecurity that comes with that subsequent step — whether or not it’s Brenda Sturdy’s Madison being unexpectedly laid off from her high-powered job, navigating a brand new skilled degree (Shay Mitchell’s Stella), or Izzie (Esther Povitsky) and the boyfriend she worries is out of her league.

Whereas the complete swing of their lives feels a bit alien even in a post-vax world, their plight feels rather more compelling than if it had been simply about Jules and Madison staring down their thirtieth birthdays and questioning how you can make life higher. The pandemic makes squirrely enchancment projectors of us all, and Dollface manages to seize the ups and downs of that.

Generally that comes out as massive swings at what we wish our life to appear like. Nevertheless it’s additionally neatly summed up by Madison summoning her associates to clear their closets: “Our kinds ought to begin reflecting no matter new instructions we wish to go in in our lives. That and I simply purchased a bunch of latest shit I must make room for.”

Madison and Stella back to back doing a Charlie’s Angels pose as they clear their closets in a still from Dollface

Photograph: Jessica Brooks/Hulu

In that approach, Weiss and the Dollface writers handle to seize the spirit of now whereas additionally being a little bit of frothy enjoyable on this planet. Journeying by their peaks and valleys is much less an train of gritty friction than it’s a (principally) managed glide. Dollface is inclined to let the facility of friendship overcome almost any hurdle. Nevertheless it’s good that the relationships are each integral to getting by the world and in addition one thing you must work at.

A few of these storylines work higher than others — season 2 of Dollhouse is a bit more of a normal sitcom than it was in season 1, thanks partly to romantic plotlines packed in round all of the friendship this season; the result’s one thing the place resolutions typically come slightly too simply. On the similar time, the magical realism that Jules filters the world by finally ends up extra naturally built-in to each the present and the character.

For no matter glitches there have been within the Dollface’s matrix, when it’s over it feels gone too quickly. After almost two years of digital hangouts and enchancment initiatives (residence, self, craft, houseplant, and extra), it was good to cease over within the pleasant, post-pandemic world of Dollface camaraderie. It lastly appeared like a post-pandemic world to sit up for.

Each seasons of Dollface are actually streaming of their entirety on Hulu.

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