The blues from the second season aren’t something Ted Lasso is concerned about.
Greener than a green football pitch signals the return of the Apple TV Plus surprise hit comedy series.
But this time — at least 2 minutes in — Ted Lasso cleverly skewered his reputation for kindness by committing the ultimate atrocity. No spoilers, but let’s say a dog gets into a soccer game and dogs should never attend a soccer game.
Plus, Season 2 of Ted Lasso quickly reestablishes the norm, bringing healthy one-liners — “there are two buttons I never like to hit, swoon and snooze” — and more about love, life and loss. Heartfelt message about These ingredients helped make Ted Lasso the champion of lockdown, and in Season 2, they create more of the same magic.
Ted Lasso’s creative team, led by Jason Sudeikis – who also plays Titanic’s American football coach english Football Coaches (Two Very Different Things) – Wastes no time setting up how everyone is doing at AFC Richmond.
Club owner Rebecca (Hannah Waddington) is dipping her toe back into the dating scene after her divorce accepts AFC Richmond as her new family. She relies on the helpful and supportive Keely (Juno Temple), whose initially unlikely friendship with Rebecca flourishes.
Recently retired Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein), who is now dating Keely, wrestles with his career after professional football. Coaching a girls team under the age of nine is not providing the same high standard.
And how is Ted doing? Despite struggling to win his first game of the season, Ted continued to live and breathe a sigh of positivity. While you’re distracted, the show slowly introduces darker themes under its warm blanket, like the real-life breakdown of the Sudeikis. This is echoed in Ted’s reflections on her marriage, the subtlety of the subtle but Sudeikis-like, wrinkled eyes feeling slightly tired.
Those eyes widen this season as the Greyhounds tap a sports psychologist to help them turn their fortunes. This introduction reflects the understanding of the show’s developers, including Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, how to trigger every feel-good pressure point without piling on the soap and sadness.
There are sports-related jokes – Ted admits that “soccer” is just as bad as saying “Voldemort” in England – but the main focus is on the human element of the play, sports-related and otherwise.
We spend even more time with the supporting cast away from the football pitch, and something about watching Ted and Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt) share a beer at a pub is a wonderful (and miraculous) melding of American and English cultures. is a symbol.
There’s also a Christmas episode with animated hallucinations, a perfect new gig for Jamie Tart (Phil Dunster), and an exhilarating relationship speech from Roy that uncovers new realms of the Ted Lasso world.
Does Ted Lasso Season 2 live up to the heights of its inaugural season? In true Ted Lasso fashion, it’s not required. It’s just as happy in its own skin as its bubbly, goofy self, which is why it gives you warmth and a sense of security.
season 2On Friday 23 July.