‘Insecure’ Season 2 Premiere: Why We’re Obsessed With Issa Rae

Last year, Insecure left us addicted, and we got a surprisingly quick re-up with Season 2’s recent premiere, “Hella Great.” The show is a refreshing addition to HBO with an all-black cast showing a different side of LA than what’s usually portrayed on TV. It effectively explores the idea that each friend group within a culture has their own social nuances in subtle and creative ways. And it also has a killer soundtrack (definitely prefer this to the one featured on “Girls”).

Last season, we were all subjected to that gut-wrenchingly depressing finale of Lawrence getting his revenge on Issa by sleeping with Tasha. Leaving Issa alone, unhappy, and without closure. This season, we revisit Issa’s life through a series of monotonous dates met on apps. Many women understand the terrible feeling of not being over an ex, but still going into the deep, dark depths of Tinder to try and get over them in that raw, too-soon phase.

Luckily, the ladies of Insecure are still there to support each other, apart from some tumultuous relationships of the previous season. Apart from the ups and downs in Molly and Issa’s relationship, and that infamous squad fight on their girls trip, they all got over their petty problems and are stronger than even in season 2. They understand that people fight, and get over those fights to come out loving each other harder than they did before. If only Lawrence also understood that…#Lissa, am I right?

We also get sharply real with racial issues and micro-aggressions that take place in the workplace. Molly accidentally sees her white male co-workers check, which is significantly larger than hers, despite having the same experience at the firm and working there for the same time. Issa also faces strife at work (more social than fiscal), as she works with other (mostly white) teachers who attempt to provide more opportunities a community of urban students. But her perspective (probably the most useful one) is ignored, since she has no one to empathize with her, and it leaves her feeling isolated rather than united with her colleagues, as Molly’s unfair salary discrepancy does. Welcome to the double whammy of being a woman, and being black in the workplace.

That infamous couch scene also portrays the reality of ex-sex in a way that rings true. It’s fast, detached, and complete with a super awkward cheek kiss as a goodbye. Lawrence’s character is a particularly interesting one – he falls somewhere between the “good guy” and “bad guy” rhetoric (similar to the innocent vs. slutty girl duality in the media), and it leaves us confused but intrigued. Has being newly single turned him into the worst, or is this behavior just a bruised ego’s way of coping with his partner’s infidelity? Either way, we’re all grateful for the amount of Lawrence sexy booty we get to see this season, even if he has gotten his “fuck boy wings”, as one Twitter commenter observed.

Unlike Girls, which focuses on mostly frivolous issues of privilege and a tone of whininess, Insecure manages to fluidly meld the social nuances of a female friend group and being a woman, while addressing real, socioeconomic issues at the same time. There are not too many shows doing that on HBO, or television generally, so fingers crossed that we get a Season 3 as well, for a niche that’s been begging to be filled for a long time.

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