The breakout dark comedy find a road to top its first season, adding satirical undercurrents to a propulsive and strange plotline
After a humorou, suspenseful, tightly plotted first season, Search Party, the ever-inventive millennial assassinate riddle, gazed down a predicament faced by many television shows whose first batch of escapades furnishes a clear, satisfactory and complete narrative arc: how do you top it for season two or, better yet, how do you prolong a tale that is likely to simply be finished?
Given that we’re in a golden age of miniseries, plenty of indicates are conceived of with merely a single season in recollection: Large-scale Little Lies, The Night Of and the standalone narrations of American Crime Story and Fargo, for example. Like Search Party, each occurrence of Big Little Lies was deliberate, forming a crescendo that contacts a spectacular meridian on a viciou stairwell. But the star-studded HBO mystery, despite the fact that its inventors caved to audience influences and green-lighted a second season, is a perfect lesson of a show that doesn’t need a round two. Its finale was utterly satisfactory, and making a second season solely to capitalize on its notoriety and Emmy wins might pollute a story- based on a novel without a sequel- that stuck the arrival so satisfactorily.
There were similar concerns about a second season of Search Party, which follows groupings of selfish, droll, irredeemably Gen-Y Brooklynites who find themselves embroiled in a search for a missing former college classmate identified Chantal. In following a circuitous route of breadcrumbs, Dory, the brilliantly tepid Alia Shawkat, becomes a kind of bootleg private eye, so disaffected by her municipality life that almost any alternative , no matter how perilous and unnavigable, seems pleading. So she and her strap of misfits- Drew, the petulant boyfriend( John Reynolds ); Elliott, the pathologically self-involved gay acquaintance( John Early ); and Portia, the guileless aspiring performer( Meredith Hagner)- exit go looking for Chantal, getting caught along the way in their own of web of lies and half-truths.