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Review: The White Lotus - 2x02

Set in a tropical resort, it follows the exploits of various guests and employees over the span of a week.

Jennifer Coolidge, Aubrey Plaza, Theo James, Murray Abraham, Adam DiMarco, Michael Imperioli, Haley Lu Richardson, Sabrina Impacciatore, Beatrice Grannò and Simona Tabasco.

The White Lotus season 2 continues to impress with another perfectly shot and paced follow up to episode 1, unexpectedly developing a lot more characters into likeable ones. A decision I expect to be inevitably flipped.

While not as eventful as the first episode, I am greatly enjoying a lot of the character work here, that I believe is much improved upon over the previous season. Not only are we getting more development with Tanya, but subtly diving deeper into her past & what makes her, her. As difficult as this show is to review, due to its very self contained story and subtle character development in small places, I can firmly say that the pacing is an aspect I am deeply admiring. With its nearly 1 hour runtime, it felt like a breeze, introducing new story threads as well as keeping us thoroughly entertained.

The standouts were most certainly Lucia & Mia, a duo I really didn’t expect to love so much within 2 episodes. Their friendship is so apparent through the wonderful chemistry between Beatrice Grannò and Simona Tabasco, I couldn’t help but be full of love and admiration following a particular scene involving the piano. I knew exactly who I want to root for.

This episode was certainly an episode to keep characters moving, learn more about them and adjusting themselves with the audience through incredibly engaging dialogue scenes, where each time we are given subtle pieces of information allowing us to root for or oppose them, as the stories gradually align. I couldn’t have had a more enjoyable time during the second episode of The White Lotus, keeping consistent with its screenwriting and filmmaking.

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