By Dave B.
Season Two of Dear White People (Netflix) begins nearly immediately after the Season One finale. If you have yet to watch Season One, I suggest doing so as it is excellent and Season Two (and this review) won’t make much sense without prior context. That said, the second season is good, but inferior to the first.
Season Two has all of the great acting, “contentious” issues, and personal drama of the first season. Antoinette Robertson particularly shines as Coco, and Episode Four (where Coco is the primary focus character) is probably the best episode out of two strong seasons of this show. In fact, I may watch it again.
My main complaint about Season Two (and it’s a bit unfair, I admit) is that compared to the first season, the plot is all over the place. In Season One, the narrative threads and various story arcs felt more closely intertwined. They moved separately at times, but always towards the same impactful event(s). The second season lacks that clear sense of direction, which negatively impacts the show’s momentum, at times. The arcs excel individually, but often barely attempt to form a cohesive whole. Further, some elements of this season seem primarily designed as a set up for Season Three. That’s fine for a lesser show, but Dear White People is too good to have to resort to teasers, cliffhangers, and the like.
Although this review sounds critical, I really enjoyed the second season of Dear White People. It just didn’t live up to Season One, in my opinion. That said, I highly recommend both seasons. If you haven’t seen either of them, give them a try, regardless of your political views. I promise that, at the very least, you’ll be able to see things from a perspective other than your own, which is rarely a bad thing. 7.5/10