Never Have I Ever (Season 2)
Never Have I Ever is a teen comedy-drama series starring Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who is a Tamil descent raised in Ontario. The series has been praised for representing people from South-Asia in hollywood and breaking the stereotypes. This series is partially based on the childhood of director Mindy Kaling in Boston area. The first season premiered on Netflix on April 27, 2020 and now season 2 is also streaming on Netflix from July 15, 2021. The last season ended up at the funeral of Devi’s father where Devi and Ben come closer. Well well you already know there’s her dream boy too, Paxton. So this season is all about Devi’s love relationship and her connection with family and friends. So let’s check out what Devi has never done before.
Story and Screenplay
The story revolves around a teenager Devi, who is a protagonist and lead character of the show. Devi in excitement plans to have an adventurous love life by dating two boys simultaneously. But her naughty dating life turns into a different kind of blowout. On the other side Nalini, Devi’s mother, plans a trip to India and decides to live there where her husband wanted to. So she cancels her shift to India. Meanwhile a frenemy, named Aneesa, comes in Devi’s life who is an Indian girl too. She gets jealous, unhappy and tries to make her look bad in front of everyone. Unintentionally Devi harms Aneesa by spreading rumors about her. Devi realises her mistake and decides to move forward in life. But between all this hustle, Paxton starts falling in love with Devi again but was afraid of being public about their relationship. Devi never wanted a secret relationship and goes to winter-dance with her friends. Meanwhile Ben started to have feelings for Devi again and learns from Eleanor that she liked him so much and was jealous to see him with Aneesa. Well the story is so full of twist and turns that it confuses the audience to make a better choice for Devi. Will it be Paxton or Ben??? To check that out you need to watch the show.
Dialogues, music and direction
Dialogues are funnier, wittier, smarter and coolheaded. At some points, you will laugh out loud, where at others you will get emotional and cerebral. Music is funky and cool, but not a playlist for your music library. The director knows how to create a teen drama where there is all good laughs and love which keeps the series connected with the audience. A savvy and marking direction by Mindy Kaling.
The performance by the cast is definitely worth appreciating. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi is good at delivering her dialogues, where Darren Barnet as Paxton is full bag of hotness and charm. Jaren Lewison as Ben Gross is definitely not gross but an incredible performer. Lee as Fabiola and Ramona as Eleanor are the perfect bffs anybody can have. Poorna as Nalini and Richa as Kamala will never disappoint you. Well there are some new cast addition and all of them performed brilliantly.
Like season 1, it’s endearing, breezy, lovable, funny and cherishing. Staying sharp, this season is full of craziness, wittiness and emotions too. Devi wanting to be a “perfect girl” as her father always called, will make you laugh with her imperfect actions and moves. Well the weak point may be its audience and their viewing taste.
Disclaimer: The above review solely illustrates the views of the writer.