The breakout dark comedy finds a path to top its first season, including sardonic undercurrents to a propulsive and mysterious plotline
After a droll, suspenseful, tightly schemed first season, Search Party, the ever-inventive millennial assassination whodunit, stared down a predicament faced by many video appearances whose first batch of occurrences caters a clearly defined, satisfying and complete narrative arc: how do you top it for season two or, better yet, how do you prolong a narrative that is likely to simply be finished?
Given that we’re in a golden age of miniseries, plenty of presents are conceived of with only a single season in judgment: Large-hearted Little Lies, The Night Of and the standalone narratives of American Crime Story and Fargo, for example. Like Search Party, each escapade of Big Little Lies was deliberate, organizing a crescendo that reaches a spectacular meridian on a murderou stairwell. But the star-studded HBO mystery, despite the fact that its builders caved to gathering influences and green-lighted two seconds season, is a perfect precedent of a show that doesn’t need a round two. Its finale was wholly satisfactory, and making a second season purely to capitalize on its popularity and Emmy victories might pollute a narrative- based on a fiction without a sequel- that lodged the land so satisfactorily.
There were similar concerns about a second season of Search Party, which follows a group of selfish, droll, irredeemably Gen-Y Brooklynites who find themselves mired in a sought for a missing former college classmate called Chantal. In following a circuitous road of breadcrumbs, Dory, the brilliantly tepid Alia Shawkat, becomes a kind of bootleg private eye, so disaffected by her metropolitan life that almost any alternative , no matter how perilous and unnavigable, seems pleading. So she and her strip of misfits- Drew, the petulant boyfriend( John Reynolds ); Elliott, the pathologically self-involved lesbian friend( John Early ); and Portia, the guileless aspiring performer( Meredith Hagner)- proceed go looking for Chantal, getting caught along the way in their own of web of lies and half-truths.