Review: Master of None
The Aziz Ansari series Master of None, is back on Netflex!
If you watched the first season you will been familiar with Ansari's character Dev, a second generation American Indian who we follow as he navigates a career in acting as a minority, dating in NYC and managing the expectations of his immigrant parents. At the end of the last season we see him break up with his girlfriend, a relationship we witnessed develop from the start of the season from a one night stand, in to a friendship, then dating, and moving in with one another. Though after revealing his fear of commitment, Rachel (his girlfriend) decides that its for the best that they split and fulfill their dreams.
And that is where the new seasons begin, with Dev in a small Italian town pursuing his love of pasta by working as an apprentice for a small family business. Though this season is way better then the first! Its way funnier, edgier, and the agenda it pushes is stronger, bolder and way more in your face - I love it!
While explaining what didn't like about the season would probably be a easier (and quicker) post to write, what I will say, without revealing too much of the plot-lines, is that what is most awesome about the season is its ability to represent the complex and intricate webs woven into the fabric of the New York City. Having grown up a fan of Friends and an avid follower of Sex and the City, the New York they projected is one that is unattainable for most, contained, and well very white! These show exposed how whiteness see itself inhibiting the city, never factoring in (or rarely acknowledging) the poorer and/or more blacker narratives that support and sustain the white mythology of the city.
This is part of what makes Master of None, so incredible, as it brings to our consciousness the very real, and familiar narratives that embroider the city. This was particularly encapsulated in the sixth episode, of the new season entitled 'New York, I Love You' were intersecting narratives of non-white New Yorker's are told. We meet a door man, a deaf shop assistant, and a immigrant taxi driver as the about their day. In another episode we are treated to a back story of Dev and Denise's childhood friendship (Denise being his gay black friend), and see how Dev must navigate around his faith, family, and western culture.
Yes the show's identity politics agenda is pretty obvious, and yes it comes thicker and faster then the last season, that for sure. Though, for those that may moan about this, will never know what its like being hyper aware of your racial status, and will never understand how everyday met having to deal with your identity's politis.
This season, I hard hitting, truth exposing and absolutely good fun to watch - well done Asari, looks like you've mastered this one!