When “The Politician” debuted on Netflix final 12 months, it divided the hosts of the Original Content podcast. After season two, we have been extra united: The present will not be good.
To be clear, “The Politician” continues to be fairly entertaining, due to a constant dedication to packing as many ridiculous plot twists as doable into any given episode. But the glibness of its strategy to up to date politics feels emptier than ever.
As teased on the finish of season one, the present has jumped ahead just a few years from titular politician Payton Hobart’s contentious election for scholar physique president. Payton (performed by Ben Platt) is now a scholar at NYU, and he’s launched a longshot marketing campaign for the seat at the moment occupied by veteran New York State Senator Dede Standish (Judith Light).
While Platt’s efficiency stays compelling — particularly within the uncommon moments when he will get an opportunity to sing — Payton nonetheless seems like a youngster playacting as an actual politician, and his local weather change-focused platform feels solely distantly associated to the considerations of real-world environmental activists.
Even worse, Payton is sidelined for stretches of the present as its writers turn out to be more and more obsessive about Standish’s difficult love life. Theoretically, there’s nothing unsuitable with a collection that desires to discover non-traditional relationships, however we couldn’t escape the suspicion that they only thought it was hilarious to make Platt, Light and Bette Middler (taking part in Standish’s chief of employees Hadassah Gold) say the phrase “throuple” as usually as doable.
Before we get to our evaluation, we additionally talk about our pleasure (notably Anthony’s) after seeing the primary trailer for “Foundation,” an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s traditional science fiction collection coming to Apple TV+ subsequent 12 months.
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And if you happen to’d wish to skip forward, right here’s how the episode breaks down:
1:30 “Foundation” dialogue
12:02 “The Politician” evaluation
29:29 “The Politician” spoiler dialogue