comedy & parody

[TV Review] Happy! Season 2 (2019) ★★★★★

Happy and Nick in Happy! season 2

Happy! celebrates a brilliant, violent, hilarious, crazy weird colorful Easter.


The second season of Happy! will sadly be the last, but at least they go out with a big blast. But not before we dive into the brilliant chaos of this amazing series. It has it all, sex, violence, dark humor, gross and foul things, gore and gruesome acts, over the top weirdness and a lot of amazing action. But this is all kept in check with realistic serious themes, well-crafted and fleshed out characters and a fantastic storyline and brilliant plot. It’s going to be another hilarious rollercoaster ride adventure. With Nick and Happy as the unconventional heroes that steal your heart.

This second season consists of 10 episodes with each a duration of 40-48 minutes. It has a continuous storyline in which Nick and Happy have to work together to unmask Sonny Shine. Now we hop from Wishtacular at Christmas to Eggtacular at Easter to create an awesomely crazy weird Holiday. 


Plot

Now that Nick and Happy have survived Christmas and saved Hailey, Easter is coming up. Nick is trying to better his life, being a taxi driver and Meredith is now a real estate agent, but obsessed with Sonny Shine to unmask him. Hailey and Amanda both suffer from a trauma. Smoothie has survived a brutal attack by Nick and now reaches out to Hailey to become friends. While Amanda is acting really strangely. 

Blue is in prison but now he is the one possessed by Orcus and escapes. Meanwhile Sonny has plans to ‘make Easter great again’ and is responsible for terrorist attacks and violence to achieve his goal. 

The first season has set some big plans in motion and now these are coming true, resulting in a big climax.


Why you should watch it

If you liked the first season, then you will definitely like this one. More violence, more dark humor, more social commentary and lots of absurd crazy bizarre hilarious situations. Of course with Nick and Happy’s bond at the core. Now they are BFF’s and true friends and partners that help each other.

Nick is trying to bond with Hailey and because Happy knows her best he can help. It’s also a way to process his loss of his friendship with Hailey who can’t see him anymore because due to her traumatic kidnapping she has grown up. It’s sad with an even sadder reason. 

This season dives deeper into each character developing them within the storyline and expanding the universe of Happy! While in the first season the big theme was trauma and how people react to it in a bad way, now the good guys have to deal with traumas and are trying to handle it well instead of becoming the villains. That’s a good concept to contrast the crazy things that will lead into chaos. 

The storyline develops more towards Sonny Shine as the big bad. The first season he was weird, but now we have discovered that he is Mr Bug, ordered to kidnap the kids and has these strange evil Wishees. We get to learn more about his background and Nick and Meredith’s attempts to unmask him, result in the most gross, weird, violent, crude actions and jokes. 

The fight scenes are excellently executed and with great choreography to create as much dark humor, chaos and mayhem as possible. With the nazi nursing home as a brilliant fun example. 

The series looks amazing, the set design of Sonny’s house, the cinematography, the shots, the creation of the Wishees (what a foul mind), black and white scenes, slow motion, a hallucinating Nick and some camera angles give it that something extra. 

There’s a lot going on this season but it all comes together in a great way. The structure is full of mystery. What is Sonny Shine up to? What kind of terrible thing happened to Amanda? What does Smoothie want with Hailey? Who are the Wishees? And what does Orcus/Blue want?

The chemistry between the characters is great especially between Nick and Happy but Hailey now has time to develop more as a teenager, instead of being kept prisoner. Amanda develops in a whole new direction that is very disturbing and is cause for great alarm. 

Everything evolves around Easter with themes such as new life, birth and resurrection which all is intertwined within the storyline and with what is happening with the characters. And even Nick has changed his appearance. He’s now wearing a Hawaiian blouse and an Easter scarf instead of a Christmas scarf. 

The humor is very dark, and cynical, ridiculing the dark side of humanity. It is rather feminist, dotted with social commentary about corrupt cops, the pro-life movement, and is averse to archetypes males and females. It’s good against evil in a very unconventional way. All that matters in life in order to be happy is true friendship, family, love and good health and people you can count on. 


My favorite part

I really liked how it all came together in the end and how the real plot behind it all actually turned out. It was brilliant and totally unexpected. Seemingly completely different storylines were all part of a big sinister plan to destroy humankind. I love it when a plan comes together especially when it’s this original, imaginative and amazingly executed. 

There were a lot of great scenes. The fight in the nazi nursing home was brilliantly funny. The dance scene with Hailey and Smoothie was disturbing and endearing at the same time. Sonny’s wife, Bebe DeBarge was a great creature. And when Nick got stuck inside a Wishee and how he got out of it was the most gross and funny thing I have ever seen. Really, who comes up with that stuff? 

And of course the end was great and a big finale, but the after-end was even better. Nick’s revenge at Smoothie on the song ‘Blue Monday’ by New Order was so awesome. But the best and sad part was that this revenge took place at Halloween and could have been the greatest Holliday for this series to make a third and final season to wrap it all up in a fantastic way. 


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★★

Fun factor: ★★★★★

Gore factor: ★★★★☆

Thrill factor: ★★★★☆

Gruesome factor: ★★★★★

Originality factor: ★★★★★

Entertainment factor: ★★★★★


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Cast and crew

Happy! is based on the graphic novel Happy created by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson. The series is created by Grant Morrison and Brian Taylor. It stars Christopher Meloni (Nick), Patton Oswalt (Happy), Ritchie Coster (Blue), Lili Mirojnick (Meredith), Medina Senghore (Amanda), Bryce Lorenzo (Hailey), Patrick Fischler (Smoothie), Christopher Fitzgerald (Sonny Shine), and Ann-Margret (Bebe DeBarge).

Music by: Guillaume Roussel. Cinematography: Niels Alpert, Todd Antonio Somodevilla. Edited by: Ryan Denmark, Erica Freed Marker, Perri B. Frank. Production company: Original Film, Syfy, Universal Cable Productions. Original network: Syfy, Netflix.


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