In its second season, the little-noticed but excellent satire makes the leap from Comedy Central to HBO Max and is even better there.
By Valerie Ettenhofer Published on August 22, 2021
Welcome to Previously On, a column that gives you an overview of the latest in TV. This week Valerie Ettenhofer reviews the second season of the show-biz-skewing-comedy The Other Two.
In a modern television landscape overwhelmed by choices, the term “hidden gem” has almost lost its meaning. But the criminally underrated comedy series The other two is exactly the treasure worth digging for. The celebrity satire follows the coat-tailed siblings of a Justin Bieber type. The first season of the show aired on Comedy Central in 2019 and should have been a monster hit. Instead, it fell into the limbo of the streaming service.
Happily, The other two is making the switch to HBO Max for Season 2 and deserves all eyes.
This cynical and hilarious saga about the fickleness of fame is brought to life by the overnight sensation ChaseDreams (Fall runner), a teenager with a Golden Retriever-like personality. He happily lets himself be part of every PR stunt and fundraising that his crazy manager Streeter is supposed to take part in (a fantastic one Ken Marino) and a record manager named Shuli (Wanda Sykes).
As season 2 of The other two begins chase’s winning mother Pat (Molly Shannon), has also just been catapulted to fame. She now hosts a daytime talk show with lengthy call-and-response pieces and a number of random guests she met while running errands and mistook them for celebrities.
While Chase and Pat are wildly successful despite their aww-shucks attitude, the other two are titles – Chase’s sibling Cary (Drew Tarver) and Brooke (Helene Yorke) – need to grab the spotlight. This season, Cary is making money from his accidentally cultured “gay brother” personality by hosting humiliating appearances for segments like “The Gay Minute for HuffPo, Sponsored By Advil” and the aptly titled micro-interview show “Age Net Worth Feet ”takes over. ”
Meanwhile, Brooke tries to start her own business as a music manager. Sitting in cafes, she scrolls through TikTok and sends the same hastily typed message to every teen singer she finds. The other two Season 2 is as cutting and ridiculous as Season 1, but if it surpasses its predecessor in one way, it’s Yorke’s performance.
This season, Brooke is desperate and power hungry. And ready to rob yourself of the last of your dignity when it comes to coming to a cool party. And Yorke plays it with hilarious intensity, grimacing through difficult situations while taking a power pose.
She calls her clothes a “manager costume” and tells everyone she meets that thanks to her radical side part and single angular earring, they should know that it is important. Brooke is a kid in disguise, but ever since The other two the showbiz imagines itself as a place full of exaggerated swindlers, their charade often works.
When Season 1 of The other two is a targeted parody of child stars, Season 2 puts the entire entertainment industry in the crosshairs. The series had one 30 rocks Taste from the start, and some of its best parts continue to reveal the dreary, soulless, trend-chasing underbelly of the entertainment industry.
In one of the most inspired parts of season two, an exclusive party revolves around the unveiling of the latest Hadid. Standing on a pedestal under a white sheet, the model is treated as a sculpture despite its obvious human discomfort. Guests are not allowed to bring their cell phones, because this “first-look-party for face and body” is only a small foretaste of an unfinished product.
Unlike most shows that use false names to cover up the goals of their satire, The other two aims directly at real people and brands. Nobody escapes the show unscathed. A partial list of name drops in Season 2 includes Kieran Culkin, Blake Lively, Shutterfly, The bachelor, Anna Wintour, Noah Centineo and Chex Mix.
In a moment of unprecedented comedic accuracy, a writer for a Riverdale Spin-off accuses Cary in a scene in which Goldilocks kills his older teacher character. “Like the three bears?” Asks Cary. “Yes, they just let us do what we want,” replies the author, thus perfectly summarizing a current CW series off the rails.
Despite the swift and brutal destruction of the industry it plays in, Season 2 of. an undertone of melancholy The other two. Brooke is obviously lonely. She buys a huge apartment and then auditions so she has someone to share it with. Cary feels increasingly trapped in a relationship and longs to experience the gay rites of passage he missed out on in childhood.
Meanwhile, Chase just wants to get back to music, but his team is working on a series of absurd branding opportunities after a disastrous live performance reveals he’s a bad singer. And Pat, in the season’s most subtle sorrowful storyline, spends every spare minute with fans relating to her struggles as a widow and a single mother.
So much of the series works because its sideshow protagonists meet even the most edgy showbiz needs in exchange for a glimmer of fame. Season 2 of The other two gives us a glimpse into the inner selves of Cary and Brooke and adds an emotional foundation to the chaos that was missing from Season 1. With smart, ardent comedy and a cast ready to go broke, the show deserves more than fifteen minutes of fame.
The Other Two Season 1 is now streamed on HBO Max, while Season 2 will debut on August 26th.
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Valerie Ettenhofer is a California-based freelance writer, Scooby-Doo fan, and nap enthusiast. As a Senior Contributor at Film School Rejects, she reports on television through regular reviews and her recurring column, Episodes. She is also a voting member of the television and documentary departments of the Critics Choice Association. @aandeandval (You / you)