Second season of Will & Grace shows definite steady improvement. There was a whole bunch of stories, the biggest of which was about Will’s loosing a job and then finding a new one, but really even that one wasn’t the determinative – it’s more like feudal disunity than a monarchy of any kind.
Basically, the show preserved all its virtues from before, and then added a couple of good characters and wrote a number of great stories. Jack and Karen gradually became much brighter than the title couple. Because the basis for their brightness is their general inclination to extreme manifestations in everything, their purpose in this structure is to provide some sort of a baseline to compare the level of insanity against, to emphasize the mildness of Will’s and Grace’s eccentricity, so that they would seem relatively normal (although vivid, original behaviour is not really normal, alas). This approach obviously works well.
There is a lot of funny, and nothing is in bad taste. Stan, Karen’s husband started to exist not only in references, but as an absent character now, which is interesting. The best episode of the season is #7, where Jack comes out to his mother. The character of Ben (Gregory Hines) is multi-faceted, deep, and interesting, which is a little surprising (because it seemed like he would go away just as quickly as dosens of other guests before and after him), but nice. Neal Patrick Harris appeared in one episode. Although it seemed in the beginning that the writers are overusing certain types of jokes, later they mended their ways – all in all the writing becomes more and more subtle over the course of the season.
So, in short, – so far so good.
Created by: David Kohan and Max Mutchnick
Directed by: James Burrows
Written by: David Kohan, Max Mutchnick, Adam Barr, Jhoni Marchinko, Alex Herschlag, Jeff Greenstein, Katie Palmer, Jon Kinnally, Tracy Poust, Gail Lerner, Laura Kightlinger, Michelle Bochner, Ellen Idelson, Rob Lotterstein
Performed by: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes, Shelley Morrison, Tom Gallop, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Gregory Hines, Corey Parker, Jo Marie Payton, Mary Pat Gleason, Marshall Manesh, Gary Grubbs, Debbie Reynolds, Sydney Pollack, Molly Shannon, Laura Kightlinger, Al Roker, Stone Phillips, Veronica Cartwright, Scott Patterson, Chris Potter, Megyn Price, Markus Flanagan, Peter Paige, Penn Badgley, Dan Bucatinsky, Debra Mooney, Jennifer Elise Cox, Daryl Sabara, Neil Patrick Harris, Orson Bean, Piper Laurie, Joan Collins, Steve Valentine, Tamlyn Tomita
Time: 24 * 21-23m
Entertaining quality: 5- out of 5
Art quality: 5- out of 5
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