Fleabag Season 2 Review: Fleabag Searches For A Miracle

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As Fleabag enters its second season, it does so with something new on its mind.

There's still the excited and unique voice and tone, but there is something more at play.

The show and its characters are looking for meaning. In the case of the titular Fleabag, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (who also wrote the season), it takes her on a journey of love and spiritual discovery.

Fleabag Prays

Religion plays a large and looming role in the second season.

It's treated as both a barrier and a point of entry for Fleabag, where she must navigate what she believes in to find her center of sorts.

It's part of an unexpected love story, which shows growth and a new side of her.

Just Joshing Around - Fleabag

Which is to say, she's changed since we last saw her.

Fleabag is more level-headed (though not entirely, thankfully), more successful and confident with her life.

She's more refined in how she tackles her problems.

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The first season defined, while this season refines.

Fleabag's interest is still as an atheist, however, as the draw to the church comes from her growing friendship with the Priest, played by Andrew Scott.

The Priest Enjoys The Festivities - Fleabag

Andrew Scott's addition to the cast as the Priest is an astoundingly welcome one.

He brings boyish charm and enthusiasm to his role, lighting up every scene he's in.

He's simply a fun presence, and his interactions with Fleabag bring the most entertainment of the second season.

Waller-Bridge is a fantastic and reliable lead, bringing her vision to life by letting her vulnerability and personality shine through.

Moments like the dinner scene on Fleabag Season 2 Episode 1 when she has to wrestle a spiraling-out-of-control awkward dinner party show how changed she is, but still open and caring too much.

It's an emotional and relatable performance, where Fleabag tries to do the right thing but sometimes, that's not good enough.

Claire Worries - Fleabag

Quick supporting parts mark some of Fleabag's other best moments.

Fiona Shaw (who stars on Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Killing Eve) appears as a therapist, and it's a pivotal scene getting deep into Fleabag's character.

Jokes and honesty help lead toward revelations and soul-searching and helps Fleabag find what she's looking for.

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Another comes with an appearance by Kristin Scott Thomas on Fleabag Season 2 Episode 3.

The interaction Fleabag has with her is both meaningful and playful, where it helps reflect information about Fleabag through life lessons and opening up.

It's a recurring theme on the second season, women at different points in their life passing on guidance in some form onto Fleabag.

Fleabag Enjoys Time With Her Father

It's done with care and compassion, and helps dig into Fleabag far more than the first season allowed.

Which brings up something which does come back from the first season: talking to the audience.

It at times became a crux during the first season, but a needed one, used as a checking-in and a helping hand into Fleabag's state of mind.

Here, it's used more sparingly and effectively, left more to winking and nudging type of humor, more like punctuation or a punchline to a scene. It even becomes more integral to Fleabag's character, which is a surprise.

The score this season relies on a choir, adding to scenes at convenient times and adding to the comedy.

Fleabag Takes Gets Some Alone Time

The show continues its modern visuals, well-lit and using shadow in interesting ways.

One scene in particular, in a church confessional, uses shadow and light to balance out an emotional scene and give it more meaning.

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Fleabag's second season finds a lot of success through tying the old in with the new.

The show has the bones of the first season deep inside but becomes its own thing while calling back to it.

The emotional scars and petty behavior may be faded, but they're still there under the surface.

Olivia Colman's Godmother is still passive-aggressive in her cruelty, and Brett Gelman's Martin is still hateful.

The Priest Considers Things - Fleabag

But there's an acceptance inside Fleabag now, where it (mostly) rolls off of her, and she shows true growth as a character.

The season is confident in showing someone with success still trying to find the one thing missing: love.

Love is a topic the first season briefly touched on; here, it's all-encompassing, the thing which dominates Fleabag's mind.

The romantic side of Fleabag as a show is messy and with its share of difficulties.

But it's through the messiness where the second season finds its form of spirituality.

Fleabag is a raw and impactful series, and in its second season, Phoebe Waller-Bridge can bring her character's voice to a natural and beautiful conclusion.

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Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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