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Sarcasm Is Still Their Love Language : Hacks Season 2

In a trailer for the new hacking season, Ava (Hannah Einbinder) tells his boss, mentors, and frequent foil, legend of comedy Deborah Vance (Jean Smart), that while he may have been “above” for years In Vegas, Ava thought it was the hilltop. “And now,” he added, “you climb the mountain.”

The same thing can be said for the second season itself. Last year’s first year’s hacks for a very positive review and captured three EMMY awards, including one for the cutting of Smart and Brilliant Vance depictions. That is of course the peak, but the sharp HBO Max comedy is not satisfied to the beach. The new season, for anyone who is worried it will not be in accordance with the first, aimed higher and deeper, expanding the dynamics between Ava and Deborah while maintaining the intelligence and sadness of most intact.

Season 2 begins right in the place left behind. Deborah gets ready to hone his new material on the tour, while Ava-Author twenty years who is reluctant to be hired to help refresh his actions-to strengthen the consequences of the scorched Earth’s email that he sent after one of their battles, loading and unloading the story of Deborah’s worst behavior To a pair of showrunners who work on a project about a terrible female boss. He and Deborah made peace at the end of last season after Ava’s father died, and now he was sad over the email and what happened if it came out.

In taking Deborah and Ava on the street, the creator of the Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downsky, and Jen Statsky series offers the character changes – and recalibration. Their relationship is the electric nerve, electricity, but in the six episodes available to be reviewed, the play field they follow is shifting. Deborah, now firmly outside his Vegas comfort zone and the stand-up style that he relied on for decades, had to face comedy and himself in a way that he could not (or did not want) before, while Ava Is was moving with the effect from his carelessness. Barbs are still the language of love for their choice, but there are also respect for each other, the measurement of friendship and mutual understanding of coloring their professional and personal relationships. (At one point, when Deborah tells Ava, “You are as selfish as me,” it sounds like insult and praise in the same size.) Both smart and Einbinder play this new nuance with extraordinary, keeping back and forth between them Sprinkles even if the most beautiful parts of their relationship are slightly sanded.

Very good supporting actor also remains in the best performance, even if the tour plotline places more distance between Deborah, Ava, and many of them. Deborah’s business manager who is usually averaged, Marcus (Carl Clemons-Hopkins, should be nominated by Emmy for their work last season), staggered after a breakup. His daughter, DJ (Kaitlin Olsen), continued to be discouraged by his mother’s approval. And Jimmy (downs), a bearing agent who unites Deborah and Ava, remains burdened with his incompetent and chaotic assistant, Kayla (Meg Stalter is funny). There are some additions that are welcomed to the cast: Laurie Metcalf as “Weed,” a tour manager that makes no sense in cargo pants; Ming-na Wen as an L. agent with an average graffiti; And Martha Kelly, the new flat delivery, was mobilized for a big effect on the euphoria and who attacked gold again here as a useless human resource representative.

If the sensation of devouring the first season hacks cannot be fully replicated here – and it will be a high bar for every show that is guaranteed and attractive outside the gate – refreshing to see it still achieves the right balance of humor and heart. Smart remains a victory, shows the gaps in Deborah’s personality that is cautious and how he struggles to survive in the industry where older women are always pushed to margin, and the einbinder depiction is well calibrated making Ava more than just caricatures The entitled he can easily become. Violating them from Vegas and to a bigger world gives them more to play, and deepen what has become an interesting dynamics. Even if the road to the top is not as small as before, for Deborah Vance and hacking himself, there is still a good view from above.