Feel Good depicts the aftermath of the white plague (drug addiction) in a way we rarely see on screen. This is often neither the hedonism of the Seventies hippies, braying coke-snorting bankers, nor the reduced despair of the unimaginative street junkie. Mae is somebody that anyone – or anyone’s adult child – might be friends with, despite still struggling to navigate messy adult life therein shadow. t helps that Martin has such a hypnotic charm that even once they’re being dangerous, you would like to be in their presence.
The second series, currently created exclusively by Netflix, finds Mae and George apart once more, with Mae heading to rehab in Canada and George left adrift in London. But, of course, their fiery relationship soon rekindles and becomes a crutch for Mae’s deeper problems. It’s no secret that comedians square measure a variety of the world’s most traumatized individuals, maybe rivaled solely by queers. Humor as a coping mechanism for trauma may be a tale as old as time, and every one it takes maybe a quick glance at any decent comedy lineup to ascertain that the cool queer kids practically rule stand-up lately It stands to reason that Mae Martin, a queer comedian, would have some funny things to say concerning trauma. Which, as their fictional agent says in Season two of “Feel smart,” Martin’s semi-autobiographical dark romantic comedy on Netflix, is all the craze of late.
Feel good takes on quite a ton in season two, increasing on topics excited in previous episodes and adding heavier queries of identity and internalized abuse. (The real Martin identifies as non-binary; the fictional Mae remains to figure that out.) It’s heavier going this point, but that’s not a strike against it: the show has become big, and Martin and Hampson’s focus has shifted consequently.
Luke Snellin, a veteran of the Toni Collette psychodrama Wanderlust, directs all six episodes, and they’re just a touch flatter and rougher: the planet feels harder for both of our heroes. Pleasure and happiness are still possible – George’s enthusiasm for her newly embraced sexuality may be a great running gag – but it won’t come without effort.
And whereas this all sounds pretty serious, Feel Good remains a comedy. Martin and Hampson find laughs within the corners of scenes, using jokes to ease tension – or indicate how badly something goes. There are scenes wherever individuals have a tendency to care concerning a double down on unhealthy ideas and build a state of affairs infinitely worse; there are scenes where somebody finally makes a healthy selection, and you would like to achieve through the screen and motion them for it. And there are actually daring moments, where the show possesses to admit it doesn’t have all the answers, ANd some issues can’t be resolved inside the house of an episode.
“Feel Good” achieves such tons in its short six episodes that it’s each a blessing and curse that it leaves the viewer desiring additional. Raised and Born in Toronto however residing in London, Martin has adopted a British method to comedy, simply that embraces the Shakespearian notion that “brevity is that the soul of wit.” With such an excess of TV available, and call fatigue therefore unhealthy it’s tempting to offer abreast the whole endeavor entirely and simply read a book, Martin may be also onto something with this jam-packed short season. Besides, it’s therefore damn good you will need to watch it again.
Final Score – [8/10]
Reviewed by – Ritika Kispotta
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