The second season of Dear White people was released two weeks ago. Let's look at some of the best moments!
Volume 2, Chapter I
Quote: "Fuck these people, Jo. They don't get to do this."
What happens: Sam breaks down after the troll 'AltIvyW' escalates his racist attacks against her.
Volume 2, Chapter II
Quote: "I've been having this on my mind for a long time."
What happens: Joelle confesses her feelings to Reggie and gets her heart broken.
Volume 2, Chapter IV
Quote: "Is Coco Conners here?"
What happens: Coco finds out she is pregnant and daydreams about child she would raise, the life she would live as a single mother. She still decides to go through with the abortion.
Volume 2, Chapter V
Quote: "Oh, let's take down the black man."
What happens: Joelle's budding romance with another student comes to an abrupt end when he reveals his bigoted opinions.
Volume 2, Chapter III
Quote: "Thank god for cell phones, huh?"
What happens: Lionel gets dragged from one Pride party to the next, but struggles to feel at ease - until he meets Wesley.
Volume 2, Chapter VIII
Quote: "You're so full of shit, Gabe. You think you're coming at this from some objective, journalistic place and you're not."
What happens: Sam and Gabe have a heated discussion about the alt-right scene and white allyship to black causes. Gabe views Sam as partly responsible for the rising racial tensions.
Volume 2, Chapter VII
Quote: "I've led you to water, but do not drink. People pee in fountains. You, specifically."
What happens: Troy takes drugs and embarks on a quest to find his path in life, which ends with him with talking to the surprisingly wise Sorbet.
Volume 2, Chapter X
Quote: "My brother got me a job on the force. Watch your speed, Walter."
What happens: Dean Fairbanks finally manages to fire the security guard who drew a gun on Reggie. The guard is unfazed, however, as he has just been hired by the police - turning Fairbanks's victory into a chilling defeat.
Volume 2, Chapter VI
What happens: Lionel figures out the identity of AltIvyW.
Volume 2, Chapter X
Quote: "Well, uh, you'll like at least the start of my speech."
What happens: Right-wing pundit Rikki Carter doesn't get quite the reception at Winchester that she expected.
What's not so great?
- The writers mistakenly assume that college kids use an abundance of abbreviations, which obvi makes for some cringe-worthy dialogue.
- The canted angle is overly utilized in some episodes, which diminishes its effect and feels grating.
- Sam and Gabe work best separately, and any moment of them rekindling their feelings seems unnecessary and stale.
- While the episode about the death of Sam's father is well shot, it's also the most disconnected from all other episodes. At a moment where the narrative should pick up steam, the viewer is taken away from Winchester and the larger ensemble cast.
- Troy's affair with the professor - and the subsequent blackmailing - came out of nowhere and went nowhere.
What did you like best? What do you want to see in the third season?