Written by: Roberta Greco – Publication date:
Warning: This article contains spoilers
After the excellent premises of the initial season and its crazy reception, on March 2 the new chapter of Sex/Life landed on Netflix and on the Italian section of the platform, the second season is still in the Top 10 for views.
The story had stopped with Billie (Sarah Shahi) who, after reconciling with Cooper (Mike Vogel), in the middle of an event at Husdon Nursery (Phoenix Reich), flees Connecticut and knocks on Brad’s loft door (Adam Demos) with the lascivious and feverish purpose of letting oneself go to passion. “Finally!”, viewers from half the world rejoice after all the season has talked about nothing but when B&B were grown up in bed together, so much so that D’Annunzio he would have wanted them for the TV series”The Pleasure – 134 years later”.
Nonetheless, almost two years after the first season, the eternal preliminary does not find a happy ending in the opening episode of Sex/Life 2: in fact, Brad rejects Billie’s advances and confesses that he has embarked on a very serious relationship with a model named Gigi (Wallis Day), now pregnant.
Luckily: without this refusal, there wouldn’t have been much to tell! Billie and Brad would play happy couple, three-quarters of the day in bed and a quarter trying to earn a living, and Cooper would continue his reckless ascent of the midlife crisis in a New York gold-collar version.
Unlike the previous one, the new chapter also offers more space and story to the rest of the cast: the stories of Sasha (Margaret Odette) and Cooper, in fact, take autonomy from that of the protagonist especially thanks to the introduction of new characters: Kam (Cleo Anthony) e Spencer (Dylan Bruce). A new love for Billie also emerges, so as to create a spicy square where before there was a triangle. The new side is called Majid (Darius Homayoun) and owns a Persian restaurant in midtown Manhattan. Clearly, all of them are absurdly beautiful.
Do you have the dream of acting in the next seasons of Sex/Life but you don’t have a 40? You can not. Just as you can’t take part in the series if you want to dispense with sexual scenes. In recent days, several articles have come out criticizing the excessive use of frames of this type and even the French magazine CineSeries reported the news that some viewers were shocked by a scene from the second episode.
It must be said (and I say it) that, as I mentioned in an in-depth article on Kim Cattrall in Sex and The City (what a coincidence), one cannot expect that a product born without the pretension of winning 45 Emmys and overturning the social schemes of the planet, but rather to leave a positive message, to talk about beauty in its most D’Annunzian meaning and to put on some healthy entertainment, can concentrate on more than one theme, collect all the τύποι of existence as Triangle of Sadness or be as inclusive as he would like Elly Schlein. After all, this is television, not a free ticket to Eden.
The new chapter of Sex/Life continues the operation set in motion by the first: groped to destroy the halo of respectability, male chauvinism and conservatism which is impregnated with sex. Sex, nothing but the action through which the eight billion people who inhabit the planet have come to light.
Furthermore, the second season deals with the theme of the new, artificial and complex model of femininity: the career woman who cannot waste her time with men, especially since her race to success is more acrimonious than theirs and minimally indispensable. There are divorce, parenthood, prejudices of various kinds, the concept of masculinity and much more; maybe they are not treated in the same way as Nora Ephronbut they are there, in full view on the small screen.
However, although some moves are spot on, such as Coop’s modus operandi, others are not convincing: the season finale, for example, looks like the draft of a pink comedy from the first two thousand: wedding dresses, flowers and chocolates everywhere and little original gimmicks. Where’s the drama? Where are the tears? And the unexpected?
Fortunately, the creator Stacy Rukeyser reassured fans like this:
“It’s definitely not meant to be a series finale. I think there are more and more stories to tell with these characters. We’re also going back to that core question from season 1, which is, can you have sex and live at the same time, especially as a new mom.”.
Despite the rather disappointing sissy ending, Sex/Life sets in motion an aesthetic, inclusive and audacious machine, confirming itself as a product better than many others with a synesthetic soundtrack and a comfortable color palette.
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