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  • Writer's pictureWill Scarbrough

Review: The Bear - Season 2

Season two follows Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, Sydney Adamu and Richard 'Richie' Jerimovich as they work to transform their grimy sandwich joint into a next-level spot. As they strip the restaurant down to its bones, the crew undertakes transformational journeys of their own, each forced to confront the past and reckon with who they want to be in the future.

Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Lionel Boyce, Liza Colon-Zayes, Abby Elliott, Matty Matheson, Edwin Lee Gibson & Molly Gordon.

The Bear Season One was one of the biggest surprises to TV last year with a hilarious, thrilling and compelling story that was emotionally rewarding in the best way possible.

Season 2 does the impossible task of making an even more compelling, complex and intense season of TV and ultimately topping its brilliant first season. These characters are pushed further than they expect to be, both professionally and emotionally which starts to become more and more intense as we start to question whether they’re gonna be up for the job when the restaurant inevitably opens.

All the performances are taken to another level in subtlety and explosiveness. Particularly Jeremy Allen White & Ayo Edebiri, whom both deliver astonishing performances as if this wasn’t a surprise. The supporting cast all thoroughly impress and especially its guest star performances that were a treat to witness.

The editing stands out even more than season one, pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling that is, of course, complimented astonishingly well by the directing and cinematography. The script is witty, tight and compelling. It couldn’t be better paced.

“Bear meaning and symbolism include strength, courage and protection, nobility, patience, playfulness, and other admirable traits.”

All these characters have all these traits, but, unfortunately what these characters aren’t, are cold blooded animals. They’re emotional ones. They care about people, their past & future and it’s gonna screw them up some way or another because to run a business like this, you’ve got to be an ANIMAL.

And yet, there’s beauty and care into what they do and that could also keep them afloat. There’s a way for stability, but these characters need to tackle their biggest demon head on. And I’m excited for Season 3 to push this further.

They’re trapped in a box, a fridge. The door handle broke and there’s some mending to be done to get out.

Season 2 of ‘The Bear’ is pushing the boundaries of claustrophobic storytelling in a comedic drama. It’s focused and every scene feels rewarding and intentional, building and building to an incredible climax and set up for season 3.

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