Written by: August Aguilar, Follow me on Twitter @AugustAA92 & YouTube
Head Over Heels
If there’s one thing Netflix succeeds at, it’s creating original content. From the mind of Judd Apatow, LOVE first dropped last year starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust in a quirky, awkward, and honest look at a dysfunctional relationship.
This romantic comedy series proved to be a hit, critics and fans alike both agreed that they wanted more of the subtle Gus and bipolar Mickey, and that’s exactly what we got this past weekend as season two dropped.
LOVE season two picks up exactly where season one ended; the moment that Mickey confesses her addiction to sex, love, drugs, and alcohol to Gus, and he kisses her. Last season we saw a pretty hectic series of events, from the constant tension of affection to one another, to obsession and psycho behaviors of neglect. Gus helped write a TV episode (sorta) and Mickey found a revelation within herself. With all of this momentum, it leads season two into a pretty new and comforting territory throughout the 12 episodes.
LOVE season two is like a new relationship with someone. It’s the honeymoon phase; where everything seems perfect. You find and love the little details about someone you didn’t notice before, you can spend the day inside or go out and do everything together and have a grand time, and the little moments of happiness like holding hands or a kiss on the cheek gives you tingles throughout your body.
This is exactly what we see between Gus and Mickey throughout the majority of the season. The two aren’t exclusive, but they are dating. Mickey starts by trying to maintain her distance; because as she said, she’s addicted and she doesn’t want to relapse. But it soon turns out that she simply can’t resist Gus and wants to be around him because of how happy he makes her feel. Gus too, is simply fascinated and extremely interested into Mickey, despite her bipolar behaviors.
As the two become closer, the relationship grows into more serious territory. Like Mickey’s father unexpectedly showing up, leaving Gus to deal with the complicated relationship her and her father have. Or when Gus hosts a party to watch the TV episode he pitched the story to, and Mickey basically ditching it to go talk to Andy Dick. They argue about a lot of typical things that any couple would go through, but it’s great to see the resolution and how they both own up to their mistakes, leaving them appreciate each other even more.
As the season starts to include we see that Gus is truly co-dependent on Mickey. As he leaves for almost a month to be on set of a movie, you can see the struggle is real with long distance and how his obsession unfolds. Mickey however, really loses it. At first she is afraid to be without Gus as she struggles with separation, but then it seems like Gus was holding her back as she stays clean, gets promoted at work, and is actually productive. Just as it seems like it can’t get any worse as they grow apart, it does when Mickey reconciles a relationship with her ex boyfriend Dustin.
The conclusion of season two left me with a sour feeling. As Gus returns and Mickey sees how much she actually missed him, she desperately tries to hide the fact that she hooked up with Dustin. With a literal chase and stalk scene taking place in the finale, Mickey finally is confronted with a choice; tell Gus the truth or not. With the one and only opportunity to do so, she decides to instead tell Gus she wants a full on serious relationship with Gus, and no more games. Of course Gus is head over heels, and the season ends with a major lie going into the relationship.
No doubt, the most powerful thing about this show is the true dynamic of a relationship. I’m sure any viewer including myself can relate to some of the every day activities and some of the early stages into any relationship with someone. The sheer awkwardness of Gus and the blunt personality of Mickey leave such a humorous tone in each episode, you can see the writing and chemistry of Jacobs and Rust is great. With this new beautiful, complicated, and now untrustworthy relationship moving forward into season three, it’s going to be interesting how it all unfolds. A big fallout will likely implode, but will they recover? We shall see.
Final Score: 9/10
LOVE season one and two are both available to stream fully on Netflix.