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New Friends, New Life, and a New Season of “Master of None”

Season 2 of "Master of None" reminds us that there is still life after heartbreak. PHOTO/ www.tvline.com
Season 2 of “Master of None” reminds us that there is still life after heartbreak. PHOTO/ www.tvline.com

By Michal Yefet         

Published: May 17th, 2017

Comedian Aziz Ansari and writer Alan Young have done it again! On May 12, Netflix streamed the new 10-episode season of “Master of None.”

Season 1 of the series left us all in despair, wanting to know more of what happens to Dev (Ansari) and Rachel (Noël Wells). In the season finale, Dev and Rachel break up, resulting in Rachel moving to Japan and Dev getting on a plane to Italy.

As Dev buckled his seat belt, he had no idea where this new adventure would take him. The passenger next to him was shocked by the abrupt spontaneity that caused him to pick up his life in the middle of everything and board a flight halfway across the world.

The new season picks up where the show left off in November of 2015. In the first episode, “The Thief,” we see Dev living in Modena, Italy, fulfilling his goal of making pasta from scratch.

In his short three-month stay, he makes new friends and a new life for himself. He learns how to properly make pasta from an old Italian grandmother, or as Dev calls her, his “apprenticeship at the pasta shop.” This grandmother critiques every individual pasta piece, telling Dev that the pieces are either “good” or “ugly,” in, of course, Italian. “Tutto bene?” (Everything good?) “Bravo. Bravo. Bravo.” (Good. Good. Good.) “Brutta. Brutta. Brutta. Brutta.” (Ugly. Ugly. Ugly. Ugly.)

This critique process seems to happen pretty often in Dev’s “apprenticeship.” Shortly after, we see Dev meet a new acquaintance, Sarah, in a very popular restaurant, where Dev has made himself a reservation for his birthday. The two of them spend the day together and eventually make plans to hang out on the weekend, when, unfortunately, Dev’s phone gets stolen and he loses Sarah’s number.

A few episodes later, we see Dev’s short adventure come to an end, as he moves back to New York. After he gets settled in, he calls his agent for an acting gig and she tells them that she has a great job for him: the host for a cupcake show called “Clash of the Cupcakes.” Dev signs with the cupcake show and is a great fit as host. Although he is not extremely passionate about cupcakes, he agrees to stay on for the moment; after all, it is his job.

A few episodes later, in “The Dinner Party,” Francesca, Dev’s friend from Italy, comes to New York for a visit. Dev shows her around, acting as her personal tour guide and taking her to the National History Museum, sightseeing, and even to some of New York’s best eateries. Later that week, Dev is invited to a dinner party hosted by Chef Jeff, and asks Francesca to come join him so he can “have a good time.”

Instead of bringing Priya, whom Dev has recently gone on two dates with, he decides that he would enjoy himself at this party with a friend who he feels more comfortable with; someone like Francesca.

Unlike the first season that focused primarily on Dev and his friends, the new season is different. The main focus this time is what happens to and around Dev. We see episodes involving the lives of Italian citizens and their religion, and the lives of New Yorkers. Through this specific focus, we see the perspectives and views of not only the main characters, but also of the people in Dev’s environment. In the episodes in which Dev is not the main focus, we find all these new people coinciding with Dev’s life and meeting him in new places.

The new season brought a clear understanding to the unanswered questions from the first season’s finale, which left us all on a cliffhanger. Season 2 of “Master of None” raises entirely new questions that we can only hope will be answered in a third season.

Ansari and Young have definitely succeeded in leaving their fans “wanting more and more.” The only thing that remains to be seen is how long we will have to wait for Season 3. The wait will certainly be worthwhile!  

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