There is a crisis brewing in the world of television: no one can stop it. Indeed, almost every recent hit show, from Vigil to Squid Game, has delivered a decidedly lackluster conclusion. Even The White Lotus’ finale – deliciously twisted in many ways – left viewers divided.
Fortunately, that’s not a problem viewers are likely to have with Insecure (Sky Comedy), with Issa Rae recently promising not to take a “Game Of Thrones”. Of the four episodes available in preview, the fifth and final season of her comedy about a group of millennial black girlfriends is all about giving her fans what they want. Namely, dramas, existential crises and perfect Kelliismes. The Rae star has grown in recent years – she went from being a New York Times bestseller and cult web series director to a true media mogul, who reportedly landed a $ 40 million contract with HBO – and it shows in the biggest hits of season five. to feel.
The first installment finds Rae’s character Issa Dee returning to Stanford for an alumni weekend. The smaller signs – a roll of Issa’s eyes, an overly long complaint from Molly (a perfectly agitated Yvonne Orji) – hint at still unresolved issues between the two, who ended last season with an interim truce. Once again, Insecure shows how familiarity breeds contempt and how just maybe – as Issa and Molly avoid heading to a dive bar to share a bottle of wine – our oldest friendships could be reimagined and reconfigured.
Last time around, we saw Issa gain a foothold in the business world by throwing a block party to spotlight black-owned businesses in his increasingly gentrified corner of Los Angeles. However, season five doesn’t give her a #girlboss fantasy. On the contrary, despite the elegant business cards and branded partnerships, we see Issa sinking into doubt. In a brilliant and atrocious scene, she participates in a panel of entrepreneurs at her alma mater. When did she know, she is asked, that she was on the right track? “The right way …” she stumbles. “I don’t know if I’m on the right track?” To be honest, there’s no way to be sure you’ve made the right choice. Maybe I’ll wake up tomorrow and realize I’ve wasted all my time… and it’s time that I can’t really recover. Outside, Molly gives her friend a “wait, what?” look, as Issa gives a slightly manic display of being absolutely fine.
The idea of being on track, or otherwise, has dominated Insecure from the start, via Issa’s intermittent relationship with Lawrence (Jay Ellis) and the revolving door of boyfriends fueled by Molly’s self-sabotage. . Season five only underscores the theme. As this continues, we see how Lawrence copes with fatherhood after her shock pregnancy with Condola (Christina Elmore); how Issa’s professional insecurities intersect with her personal life; how Molly’s personal life collides with parental expectations (namely that she should date an acquaintance from the church, whose bet is “I’m reworking trap songs for the Lord”); what if these bright young people can really have it all.
Like the best sadcoms, it does it all with a light touch, retaining the quirks that Rae noticed with his webseries Awkward Black Girl. His comedic DNA remains unchanged, as evidenced by the moment of magical realism where Issa – first seen in Insecure rapping in a bathroom mirror – once again finds himself in the toilet, offering advice to one person. younger who doesn’t seem impressed with the way his life has turned out. “Photos on an app, make that shit up.” Call it Issa-gram! she commands. “What is an application? Asks the child in the mirror.
Despite all of her angst, Insecure remains decidedly fun, with Natasha Rothwell’s Kelli still offering the best zingers. It’s hard to believe we last saw her as massage therapist Belinda in the aforementioned White Lotus as she describes babies as demons. An administrative error sees her accidentally added to a presentation in memoriam at the college reunion, leading her to declare that she “came back as Daft Punk: better, faster, stronger!”
Unlike so many other shows, Insecure seems determined to get off on the right foot, with its final episodes more of a farewell gift to fans than a collection of mic drop moments. Whether this Issa is on the right track remains to be seen, but it is clear that Issa Rae is.