But don’t take the lack of buzz as a lack of import. Season 1 asked a lot of valuable questions while delivering a beautiful and unique realization of modern Chicago. The anthology approach, with each episode functioning as a standalone short, helped cover a lot of cultural ground, and Season 2 continues that pattern in interesting ways.
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While the episodes can certainly stand on their own, many bring back characters from Season 1. Context from earlier episodes isn’t prescient, but it does help, and just like last year, some stories are better than others.
To that end, IndieWire has reviewed each episode individually below and ranked them by their assigned grades.
The Guy Fawkes-inspired thriller, which first premiered on BBC One in October, chronicles the attempt made by Fawkes and a group of provincial English Catholics (led by Harington’s Robert Catesby) to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I, all in an effort to help restore a Catholic to the crown. Peter Mullan (Quarry), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and Liv Tyler (The Leftovers) co-star.
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The show will continue to explore, as it did with Season 1 last year, a set of diverse characters in the Chicago urban space as they blunder “through the modern maze of love, sex, technology, and culture,” according to Netflix.
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‘Easy’ will follow the same individually anthologized episode structure, with some new stars joining the show, including Aubrey Plaza, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Michaela Watkins, Judy Greer, and Danielle Macdonald.
Returning cast includes Dave Franco, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Micucci, Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz, Michael Chernus, Kiersey Clemons, Evan Jonigkeit, Jacqueline Toboni, and Aya Cash. Whether they will play their Season 1 characters is still unknown.
John Cho, Terry Crews, Adam Scott, Judy Greer, Justin Long, Alexandra Daddario, and more are all along for the ride as Huebel takes them on dangerous trips to see/be haunted by/stumble upon/generally desecrate a dead body. Some of these trips to crime scenes involve bodily harm, threatened pride, and — by the looks of things with Mr. Cho — a little bit of light quicksand.
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Other guest stars include
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Scott has been cast as the DC Comics baddie Lady Eve, who presents herself in Freeland as the owner of a funeral parlor, but quickly becomes an adversary to Cress Williams’ titular hero. The consummate professional serves as a bridge between villain Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III) and a secret group of corrupt leaders.
Scott previously starred in the BBC/HBO series The No.
The Joe Swanberg-created individual episodic anthology will return Dec. 1 on the streaming giant and continue to explore diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture.
New faces joining the franchise are Aubrey Plaza, Kate Berlant, Joe Lo Truglio, Michaela Watkins, Judy Greer and Danielle Macdonald.
Stars set to return in season two are Kate Micucci, Jane Adams, Zazie Beetz, Michael Chernus, Kiersey Clemons, Evan Jonigkeit, Elizabeth Reaser,...
But to refer to this quality as some kind of supernatural power does a disservice to the men and women who forge it. There is the talent of each individual performer to consider: If any of them falter, the whole dynamic falls apart. It’s a dynamic that requires work, too. Whether it’s bonding in real-life or being a good listener on set, chemistry is a science for these casts; it’s made, not found.
Then there’s the versatility of expanding these connections beyond just one or two cast members, but an entire ensemble of six or so series regulars. The best ensembles work no matter who’s paired up in a scene, and it feels like the TV can barely contain
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