Here’s why ‘Dead to Me’ season 2 is a waste of your precious time
When Dead to Me season one hit Netflix back in 2019, it seemed like a refreshing black comedy with strong female friendships, and great growth with characters. Then Liz Feldman apparently didn’t feel like keeping that version of the show going and took a crap all over season 2.
Maybe that’s a bit harsh, but season 2 of Dead to Me completely erases all the development of Jen (Christina Applegate) and Judy (Linda Cardellini) over the first season. It seems like they finally got somewhere, even though the mystery left at the end of season one seemed a bit fishy.
But naturally, you can’t recreate a good thing twice, and it looks like that remains true for Dead to Me season 2. If you enjoyed the first season, save yourself the trouble and just read below on why you’re better off not tuning in. If you want to dare waste your afternoon on the new season, feel free to watch and come back.
Spoilers for Dead to Me season 2 below!
Jen has completely lost her mind
We’re not going to act like Jen had it all together last season, but there were at least some justifiable actions done. She was a woman in grief, looking for her husband’s killer. But the Jen that kills a man for calling her the C-word? That’s not Jen from season one.
Whether it was subconsciously some kind of revenge on Judy for killing Ted, or genuinely was her gut reaction to being called the C-word, that’s not what Jen is about. She doesn’t want revenge, she wants justice. She wanted to see Judy go to jail for killing Ted, not kill Steve (James Marsden) in revenge for Ted’s death.
Even if you commit murder, a sad woman can get off with a warning
Maybe the most outrageous thing with Dead to Me season 2 is the fact that even after killing Steve in cold blood, and confessing to police, Jen gets off with a tap on the wrist. She literally killed him over an insult, and yet because she’s a widow in mourning, she gets off easy?
Sounds about white. But in all seriousness, Detective Ana Perez (Diana-Maria Riva) completely helping Jen get away with Steve’s murder after she confesses and shows her the body is insane. Just because she’s a woman in grieving does not mean she should just be able to walk away from a murder with police helping her cover it up.
Before anyone makes the smart comment of “it’s a TV show, it doesn’t matter,” we understand that. But even in the context of Dead to Me season 2, Detective Perez helping doesn’t make sense. She was very adamant about getting Jen justice in the first place for Ted’s death. Why wouldn’t she feel the same about Steve, just because of his money laundering?
Nothing for Applegate to do
Something about Christina Applegate’s performance in season one was just so mesmerizing. Watching her hold on tight to her children and lean on Judy for support through her tragedy, while fighting for justice? It’s clear she had a great emotional load to carry.
But season 2 Applegate is more comedy than drama. Not in a good way. There was a lot of complexity we could’ve seen from Jen this season, with her trying to deal with her kids losing both their parents in one year thanks to Steve’s murder. Or watch her go through a similar guilt trip that Judy did in season one.
Nope, she just plays into the cool mom stereotype we spent last season with. And while the two switched roles, she doesn’t feel as guilty as she should for Steve’s murder like Judy did about killing Ted. With the two switching roles, it could’ve left a lot of emotional heavy lifting for Applegate. But that would require a better script.
I agree. Huge disappointment. Season one had its share of bizarre plot twists, but life often does; the strength of the writing, acting and grief-driven characters kept me engaged. Season two was just a string of bad sit-com plot devices with no character development to keep it real. I kept thinking it felt like it was workshoped by an eighth grade English class.May 12, 2020
100% agree with this!!! I am getting really tired of shows living in this hypothetical world where people get away with murder. It feels really disappointing when a whole season is spent worrying about the consequences of this one thing and then when it comes down to it, there are no consequences. Oh, you forgot about that identical twin plot (rolls eyes). Though I do love me some James Marsden.May 17, 2020
100% agree. It definitely doesn’t portray women in a good light. Makes us look hysterical, crazy, and weak.May 17, 2020
I checked out around episode 7 – you know the one where there vigil is thrown by the psycho chick murderer and the other psycho chick that murdered (involuntary manslaughter or something else just as stupid) the first psycho chicks husband… derp. Half-way through season 2 I surmised the show is really about mental derangement and how people who are all crazy interact on a daily basis (including the creators and writers of the show, meta) . There are 2 1/2 redeeming characters all of which play bit parts – Black Cop (of course), Gay Pastor (of course squared), and soon to be Gay son (of course cubed) Also, just for clarification they aren’t identical – they are nearly identical – whatever that means.May 24, 2020