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TED LASSO – SEASON 2 (2021): The Things I Liked…

As some of you may remember, comedy/drama Ted Lasso – season one; the story of a US American Football coach, who arrives in the UK to manage a struggling English Premier League soccer team is, without a doubt, one of the best things that happened to me in 2020. 

Fast forward to now, when season two has both started and finished; let’s put it this way, I’ll make time for season three in 2022; however, I’ll be sure to calm myself right down should I find myself getting too excited about the third instalment.

Yes, season two of Jason Sudeikis and Hannah Waddingham’s Emmy Award-winning series did at times move me to laughter and tears. The problem is that it also made me cringe because some of what I adored about season one, such as the positive attitude and heartwarming kindness, in parts of season two, it’s written in a way that often felt forced. The most irritating example of this, for me, is the Christmas episode.

Ted Lasso (2021), Hannah Waddingham, Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+
Ted Lasso (2021), Hannah Waddingham, Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+

Another way that season two disappointed me is how it handled delving more into the lives of the less central characters. Rather than finding myself engrossed in some of these secondary stories, I was annoyed that I wasn’t learning more about Lasso himself. Additionally, during these departures from the main focus, when Lasso did feature, the writing leant into his eccentricities in a fashion that, for me, cheapened his character.

As creative and somewhat well-edited as the episode that focuses on coach Beard is, thematically, it just felt out of place with the rest of the season. Then there’s the fact that I did not believe the direction of Beard’s love story with the mysterious Jane.

Speaking of not believing, where Nate’s all-important character journey is concerned, I sadly neither liked nor did I buy it.

All in all, I’m sad to say that season two of Ted Lasso annoyed me more than it pleased me. Even though I was glad to learn more about Lasso’s history and struggles, the season is more reminiscent of the short-lived Sex and the City movie franchise than I’d hoped. Meaning, I loved the first movie, but my goodness was it abundantly clear that the second film was hugely rushed, resulting in a less than pleasing result.

There are actually no specific episodes that stand out as my favourite in season two. But almost all episodes of season one do. Luckily, I do have a favourite season two moment, and that is how Jamie Tartt’s all-important walk on to the pitch is captured and presented.

What do you think of Season two of Ted Lasso? Have I been too harsh? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Film Loving

G

TED LASSO – SEASON 2 (2021): New Trailer Starring Jason Sudeikis, Juno Temple, Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt…

Ted Lasso - Season 2 (2021), Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+
Ted Lasso – Season 2 (2021), Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+

Ted Lasso, my favourite show of 2020; the one about an American football couch who moves to England to coach British football, all while having zero prior knowledge of the game has a brand new teaser trailer.

I can only imagine the pressure to make season two as wonderful as the first one. 2021 may not look quite as bleak as 2020 did, but at least we know that kindness and the need to always believe never go out of style. And so, I’m hoping for another great bunch of episodes that result in many more lifted spirits, smiles and maybe even some happy tears. Full disclosure, I absolutely cried during season one, more than twice!

Anyone else expecting/hoping for Lasso to get a viable love interest this season?

The cast for season 2 includes Jason Sudeikis, Juno Temple, Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt, Toheeb Jimoh, Nick Mohammed, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Billy Harris and more including some welcome new faces.

Ted Lasso – Season 2 Release Date: July 23rd, 2021, Apple TV+

Happy Film Loving

G

TED LASSO (2020): The Things I Liked…

Ted Lasso (2020), Hannah Waddingham, Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+
Ted Lasso (2020), Hannah Waddingham, Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+

As a Jason Sudeikis fan, thanks largely to Horrible Bosses (2011) and We’re the Millers in 2013; I’m happy to report that his latest comedy series Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ has earned a place in my list of favourites of his works.

What makes Ted Lasso, the story of a US American Football coach, who arrives in the UK to manage a struggling London soccer team worth watching? Well, firstly, there’s the crazy premise that seems utterly ludicrous. Yet you find yourself wanting Lasso (Sudeikis) to succeed, regardless of his poor knowledge of soccer. Second, the truly wonderful cast and their great chemistry. Third, the good humour, editing and writing. Last but in no way least, everybody loves an underdog story. And Ted Lasso has more than one of those going on.

I know that we’re only three episodes in, out of ten, so far and with a new one scheduled each week. Nevertheless, let’s just say that already, I’ve had such a good time that by the end of episode three, my main thoughts were:

I feel robbed of my freedom to binge the entire season of Ted Lasso all at once. I mean, aren’t these especially challenging times? I need Lasso and all his goodness. That’s ALL of it, right away!’.

I’ll not be tuning in each week just for one twenty-minute episode. Instead, I’m aiming to wait seven long weeks; all so I can binge the last seven episodes all at once.

Watch Ted Lasso because of all the great reasons above and for Sedeikis’s character’s thoroughly adorable accent, plus his positive, thoughtful and generous disposition. I certainly do not know enough about the backstories of each character just yet, but I’m saying it anyway: ‘I think I’m in love with Ted Lasso!’.

Happy Film Loving

G