American Vandal Season 2: A Literal Shit Show
The second season of American Vandal graced our screens last week on the 14th of September and I was all set to fall in love with this phenomenal mockumentary series all over again. But alas that wasn’t exactly what happened with me.
Albeit packed with juvenile humor and often times unsavory confrontations that had us all anticipating the next episode, Season 1 established the series as a force du jour – opening up an entirely new avenue of satirical content for our pleasures. With expectations running high for the success of season 2, I tuned in last week only to be left unimpressed by the clichéd turn of events.
Season 2 opens with a mass fecal conundrum (a.k.a. “The Brownout”) in a Catholic High school (St. Bernardine) with the notorious “Turd Burglar” terrorizing the students and the faculty.
You read that right.
Season 2 is all about poop.
Plot line Revolving Around Poop
Someone has poisoned the lemonade in the cafeteria and it causes everyone to publicly defecate.
What is worse is that someone records the entire incident and begins tagging the victims in posts on Instagram.
However, if you thought that was the extent of the fiasco then you will be glad to know that there’s more where that came from. The ” Turd Burglar” threatens to strike again and so the main leads – our esteemed student documentarians; Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck) are called to investigate.
What follows is a series of poop-puns, a teacher trying to brush the entire ordeal under the rug and coercing a student to take the fall and janitor whose real identity is unknown. We’re also blessed with thirst traps, best-friends snitching on each other and a talented but academically challenged basketball star and a love triangle thrown in for good measure.
Talk about clichés…
Why This Season Sucks
While the award winning season 1 had more of an authentic and “raw” feel to it with the way it was shot and put together, Season 2 pales in comparison. With an overall decline in the authenticity of the characters, which fail to inspire an iota of emotion in the viewer, and instances where it becomes necessary to fast forward because the plot turns dry and overused; it fails to impress.
Additionally, the unveiling of the perpetrator is so obvious that you don’t even need to be paying attention to reach the correct conclusion on your own, since it’s just. so. painfully. obvious.
However not all is lost when it comes to season 2. The commentary by the main leads (Peter and Sam) is as fresh as ever and the eight part series successfully covers themes. We get to relate to incidents such as bullying, social isolation, disparity in socio-economic backgrounds, code-switching, how social media and the internet helps individuals shape their identities. And most importantly, how easy it is to fall prey when you’re unsure about your place in the world.
With expectations of the show being renewed for its third season I hope American Vandal is able to evolve and comes back with a better plot-line next year, keeping intact it’s brand of tongue in cheek humor that we’ve all grown to appreciate so much.