Season Two of FX’s The Bear takes it up a notch by focusing on its character development while maintaining the anxiety level as well as expanding its universe.
After a stressful but successful first season, this show manages the impossible: Expanding the universe, keeping up with the first outing, and pushing it even further.
In fact, Christopher Storer nailed almost every single aspect of this season. Almost every episode of the second season focuses on the character development of its main cast, while simultaneously moving the plot forward.
From sending the chefs for training and seeing their characters and personalities evolve, to the most stressful thirty plus minutes of television I’ve even seen: The Christmas episode, perfect chaos. The Bear manages once again to deliver stellar television while also stressing the F*** out of me.
If anything, this second season of The Bear is storytelling at its best. Stylized at times with spectacular visions of the city of Chicago, the sophomore season gives both dignity and drama to the realities of work. In fact, the show pauses more to focus on the people orbiting around Carmy. It has evolved from its hyper pace with more moments of calm, even beauty, laced throughout the destructive behavior.
I’m already hungry for more.
Should you watch it?
Yes, it’s not for everyone, but the series’ debut run was as perfect a piece of television as anyone could hope for. Excellent news: season two is even better. Slightly less pressure cooker (if you don’t consider the Christmas episode) and a lot more heart.