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‘Insecure’ Season 2 Recap: Hella Frustrated
Needless to say, we are hella excited for Insecure season three.
WARNING — Insecure spoilers ahead
By Rachael Edwards
HBO’s Insecure wrapped up its sophomoric season last night. Fans are wavering on whether or not the show ended on its best foot. This was a season that was frustrating and made me throw my phone at the end but the season finale tied some loose ends and made us hopeful for the third season of Insecure.
Molly navigated the corporate world as a Black woman and discovered she is getting paid (significantly) less than her white colleagues. Office politics can be a touchy subject because its roots run deep into respectability politics. Recall when Molly asked the office assistant in season 1 to tone down her blackness, encouraging her to learn the art of code-switching.
Molly quickly learns that code-switching will not save her. It was disappointing to see Molly so out of touch with this reality and wading in respectability-swamps. The implicit biases projected on women of color is a huge part of the reason why Molly is not getting paid at the same rate as her white (men and women) colleagues. Season two of Insecure concluded with Molly putting Dro to the side to focus on her wants and needs. This is what we needed to see and what fans clung onto because stability in Molly’s life was imperative. Watching her get down with her colleague Quentin (Lil Rey Howery) was refreshing, especially since they were not interested in entertaining white people at the firm. Molly had the most interesting storyline this season.
Go, Issa, hoe, Issa, hoe! Issa’s hoe phase was a pleasure to watch. The relatable scenes of sex positions re-dos and heads knocking against the headboard made us so uncomfortable we could not stop watching. Black women being free sexually on screen is something I will never pass up. Her hoe phase should have lasted way longer. She had sex with “okay, Eddy” and Daniel. The well was hella dry.
Lawrence tried to steal the joy by calling her a “hoe” and I was angry to see that last night’s episode ended with Issa still longing for intimacy with Lawrence. Even after he apologized and in some ways reconciled, Issa should have told him that he wasn’t shit. Women are often expected to accept the kind of men whose “hearts are in the right place” but it does not show outwardly. This is unhealthy relationship behavior and Issa should have told Lawrence where he can go or never invited him to her apartment in the first place. It was always her apartment and I wish she would have kept it holy and personal.
Viewers thought it was distasteful for Lawrence to call Issa a “hoe” after arguing outside of Derek’s (Wade Allain-Marcus) birthday dinner party. But I’m glad he did it. This was Lawrence in his peak fuckboy-o-ry. The nerve to call Issa out for sleeping with other men when not acknowledging his complacent, “let’s just eat a bowl of cereal on the couch for your birthday” bullshit. The nerve! Lawrence is a very consistent and unsurprising character. If you are paying attention you can calculate each move without really thinking about it.
Lawrence meets Issa at her now bare apartment as she is preparing to move, and he apologizes for not being the man she expected him to be. Meh. How lazy. Lawrence did this because his life is falling apart and coming to Issa was comfortable for him. He was leaning on Issa for emotional support because he knew that he could. Why should Issa be permitted to show him grace after his fuckery? Issa accepts his apology and we find her right back where she started. We are so inclined to fall right back into the same rhythms because we are afraid to ride out new ones.
This season in a lot of ways fell flat and particularly after the “Hella Blows” episode where Issa and her friends talk about not engaging in oral sex. Issa is struggling finding her place in the world and a love life that will meet her needs. She will not be able to find that by shacking up with Daniel. Moving out of her old apartment in hopes of finding a new ground can be stifled by going to live with someone she is sleeping with. It was a bad move and I just want Issa to find herself before going to seek it through someone else.
Molly is stabilizing. Thank god. I was pleased to see that she could get over her problematic perception of giving Quentin a try based on his looks. In the final episode, Molly explains to Issa and Kelly that she is really feeling Quentin and he makes her life. She seems to be getting into him and it is evident that Quentin cares about her.
The show had its challenges with talking about oral sex with Black women and the visible use of protection during sex scenes but overall, it was an OK second season. Season three should be intriguing because each character in the finale was on the brink of beginning something new. I am hoping to see character development and more blossoming of storylines between the characters. It was a tad too blocky for me, but with only eight episodes a season I can imagine it is tough to cram all the nuances at once. Needless to say, we are hella excited for season three.
Author Bio: Rachael is a writer based in Baltimore who loves to disrupt society and engage in conversations that challenge us to be better humans. Rachael’s work centers Black women and our experiences. On her down time she performs, floods your Instagram timelines with selfies and eats fish tacos. You can find her here: Twitter Website Instagram