Master of None: Season 2 with Aziz Ansari

There were lots to expect from Master of None Season 2 after the way the first season ended. The premises were not entirely new to the audience. Nor was the treatment to the story innovative or something that was never done before. But Master of None stands out due to its presence of mind and Aziz Ansari’s take on the current urban society.

Master of None is not for you if you are looking for regular drama in the form of complex relationships mixed and matched with the expected turn of events. Instead, MoN gives you a fresh script, very ingenious outlook to the current society as and how it happens. It’s not about the generation you belong to — MoN gently makes you feel you’re the generation it’s talking about.

If you ‘Netflix & chill’ regularly, you must have already given Master of None a try — just because it’s so talked about all around you, or maybe because your Twitter timeline was raving about it. I gave the second season a try just because I didn’t have a better series to watch on that particular eventful weekend. It turned out to be a good decision nonetheless.

The beginning two episodes set in Modena, Italy were as average as anything can be, with the typical insightful dialogue throw and treatment of characters MoN is known for. Such was the feeling of being underwhelmed that I kept aside the rest of the episodes for a later watch. Looking back, I realize how important those two episodes were for the entire season — how they helped to build up the story from scratch and give it a decent momentum.

It’s definitely during the last five episodes that the masterful treatment of characters showed itself on screen with maximum effect. It was beautiful to see how a show which was seemingly looking directionless (have to admit) in its adolescent (read, the first season) suddenly matured itself with time like fine wine. Francesca, the character shown fleetingly in the episodes set in Italy, came to the centerfold and it seemed Master of None was her show altogether, not Ansari’s.

The Thanksgiving episode (S02 E08) demands special mention at the same time. Above the brilliant script of Ansari and Yang, this episode rose to the zenith to display the effect of character building. What seemed like just another character in the story had an entire episode churned around her coming out in front of her family. The tribute to New York (S02 E09) was equally tastefully created, showing the diversity of the city — thus showing the city as another character in Master of None.

Ansari has always been a decent actor in his own rights. With season one of MoN, critics came to accept his credibility as a master storyteller with a penchant for writing insightful and relevant scripts. With season two, Ansari has outdone himself in all aspects — be it acting or script writing. With the way the last episode has ended, the wait for the third season looks very long now.

Cross-posted on bastabchakraborty.com