By Kat Riddler, Editor-In-Chief
“They say love makes you crazy” is carried throughout the theme of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” season two. The series aired its season finale on the CW on February 3 and was added to Netflix February 11.
The series was created by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna. McKenna’s notable works include writing for “The Devil Wears Prada” and “27 Dresses.” Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is a lawyer who passed up a big promotion in New York to pick up everything and move to West Covina, California to follow her summer camp crush Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III). In season two, much like season one, Bunch is constantly trying to get the love and attention of Chan with musical numbers popping up in the storyline.
One of the reasons I like this series is because Bunch is a strong female role model in the fact that she is smart, resourceful, and strong. It becomes a little frustrating when she loses all that over Chan or Greg Serrano (Santino Fontana) her other love interest in season one. I was happy to see that season two decided to move away from that to expand their theme to not make the topic stale. Season two seems to be focused more on relationships as a whole, not just romantic ones for Bunch. The story focuses on relationships between co-workers, Bunch’s relationship with female friends like Heather Davis (Vella Lovell) and Valencia Perez (Gabrielle Ruiz), past romantic relationships, parent-child relationships, marital relationships, and more. Looking at these different relationships and how Bunch interacts with them makes it feel like a deeper show and something that will not be easily burnt out on.
The 13 episode season covers a variety of topics that could be considered a little more somber when compared to season one. There is still a theme of mental issue as Bunch continuously dislikes the word “crazy” for her decisions in her life. There is even a crazy ex-boyfriend type character, Trent (Paul Welsh), that tries to sabotage Bunch and Chan’s relationship like Bunch did to Chan’s previous relationship after she moved to California for him. This adds a new twist to the previous season’s take on the word crazy.
Some of the new topics touch on the more complicated side of life and relationships. Bunch signs a friendship contract with Paula Proctor (Donna Lynne Champlin) so Proctor is no longer tempted to mess with Bunch’s obsession with Chan so Proctor can live a less toxic life and still be friends with Bunch. This agreement pushes the two away and both characters suffer as Proctor deals with a failing marriage, an abortion, and Bunch continues to try to gain Chan’s love. Another darker topic is Bunch’s on-again off-again love interest with Serrano. In episode one Serrano discovers he is an alcoholic and eventually has to move away to stop making destructive decisions with Bunch.
Each episode contains two to three original songs that add comic relief to some of the more serious issues going on in the plot. Musical numbers pay homage to pop song music videos, like “So Maternal” is like Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” with a similar pink blazer, base beat, and dance moves. Lyrics to the songs are over the top and often silly. “Tell Me I’m Okay Patrick” is a satirical song where Bunch is so overwhelmed with wedding preparation that the only opinion and help she has is from the delivery man Patrick (Seth Green).
The series was renewed for another season on January 8. I cannot wait to see what they take on in the next season to keep the show feeling fresh. Perhaps one-day the show will spin-off into one called “My Crazy Ex-Boyfriend” just to give equal time and hilarity to the relationship extremes of the opposite sex. Until then it is a series worth following and my overall rating of season two is an A.