Feel Good S2
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WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
Mae and George's complicated love story continues as Mae struggles to come to terms with the ghosts from her past, and George tries to reinvent her present. Can they grow together, or will they grow apart?
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
'Sjoe!' - This was the literal word that came out of my mouth after bingeing Feel Good on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Canadian stand-up comic Mae Martin is back in the second and final season of their and co-writer Joe Hampson's complicated romantic dramedy.
It was both a blessing and a curse to come across this show looking for something to watch.
A blessing because I spent six hours of my life watching a show so intensely, and while some may think I could have been doing something more productive with my life, I learned so much from watching Mae navigate through the messy corners of their life than I ever could have doing something else.
It's a curse because it's the end, and I was just left wanting more – not because it ends on a cliffhanger but because I became so intertwined with all the characters that I hate to see them go. It's as if my best friend is gone, or more intimately, a piece of me is gone.
Season 1 ends explosively, and season 2 starts just as explosively – Mae is in Canada and trying out rehab again, but it doesn't last long as they struggle to come to terms with the ghosts from their past. On the other hand, George is trying to figure out who she is and what she likes… I won't share spoilers of where they end up, but it is one wild ride of witty, intimate and irreverent drama.
Season 2 sees the themes intensify in a very confronting and authentic way, which was honestly eye-opening for me. This is an unapologetically raw show; it doesn't sugar-coat anything. And one of the reasons why this works is because of the vibe Mae and Charlotte Ritchie (George) have. They are so effortlessly relatable, yes even to a heterosexual (me) — whether we've been in the most successful relationships or most disastrous, the characters observe this humanness to need each other, whether it's quality time, sex, mental support or affection.
I watched both seasons of this show in one day, and I didn't even notice the transitions between them; they flow so beautifully into one another. Season 1 introduces everyone, character flaws and all, and in season 2, we get to know the now-familiar faces and new ones a little more as they continue to search for themselves through healing. Phil (Phil Burgers) gets far more depth this season, and while his back story is presented in short snippets sprinkled across the episodes, it is presented in a way that people generally get to know new people.
If there is one person in particular I wish we got to know better, its Lava. She plays such an integral part towards the end of season 1, and things get promising as season 2 starts, but then she kind of disappears. I completely understand her supporting role in Mae's life, but I think there was more to her that we could've seen.
With all this said, Mae and Joe have delivered a tender exploration of trauma but still kept it extraordinarily funny. How they examine events is with the kind of complexity that is often absent from public debate but is very much the core of private discussions.
Feel Good season 2 is filled with bigger laughs, new faces, and a deeper exploration of the realities of dealing with addiction, trauma and everything in between in a human and non-sentimental way.