“Hella Questions” - Insecure review

Chad White

“Hella Questions”
Season 2, Episodes 2

Fuck him; move on.

After last week’s mistaken dream but actually real sex scene (on this reviewer’s part; I’m bad at picking that stuff out), Issa is now reeling from her encounter with Lawrence. Were they supposed to get back together? It doesn’t appear so as he spends a majority of the episode ignoring her only for Molly to get the actual answer. And it’s a resoundingly confident “no” to boot. It sucks but that’s how this story is playing out. What a story. Or rather, a set of stories. “Hella Questions” is packed to the brim with so much story that it can’t focus on one scene or set of characters for too long. It’s fitting this episode followed a word heavy Game of Thrones (“The Queen’s Justice” for future scholars out there); one scene in particular between Khaleesi and Jon Snow lasted for what felt like half an hour.

Like it’s network counterpart, Insecure is big on character interaction. That notion is doubled down on this season given that most of the characters from season one are now commingling with each other often. Kelli and Tiffany are now more than regulars as we get a chance to see into their lives. The finale of the first season hinted at a lot of these advancements. Relationships play a big part in the show and the one between Issa and her friends is essential. Take the art show from the beginning. The girls recap what happened at Issa’s and Molly gets her to tell the others about the Lawrence interaction. The reactions are genuine and true with Tiffany opening up about her problems with her husband (he left for some amount of time after doing something horrible but she won’t admit it). The episode ends with Issa trying – again, via app – to get over Lawrence. It’s going to be a dangerous road for her to go down.

Just as Issa has her friends, Lawrence fights with himself. He can’t bring himself to respond to Issa or even text her. Even still, he pulls one of the biggest twists that can happen within the script: he tells Tasha he cheated on her. It looks like it’s over. But the story continues. It’d only been a few weeks and Issa’s his ex, Tasha reasons. She likes this guy and she’s willing to forgive. This parallels Lawrence’s own story when he couldn’t even look Issa in the eye a month prior. By the end, he finds it important to get his own place, better himself professionally, and start life anew with the woman he was emotionally cheating with on Issa.

Then there’s Molly, a powerful woman still trying to fight with the big boys at her firm. Her solution is to play on their level by going to a hockey game with the bosses. It looks helpful in the beginning but work Molly and friend Molly can’t seem to coalesce. Talking hockey and joking about stealing lobster rolls is a good plan for the rink, but it doesn’t do too hot in a workspace. Therapy seems to be helping. Molly screams her heart out to her doctor where she admits she has a plan for life but hates it when it goes off track. Eventually, the therapist suggests, Molly might have to let life happen.

Like Issa’s friends, Frieda has her struggles too. She and Issa have finally managed to make waves with their We Got Y’all program. They went to the head honcho – the vice principal. But there’s a catch: he’s pretty racist. Almost every line delivered from him is disparaging to Latinos, Jews, or any minority race that’s not black. Frieda brings this up but Issa says they should put their heads down and keep working. This story was the smallest of the main four and, like them, was not resolved. We’re going to see more of the racist VP. Frieda is not going to be happy. Speaking of, she’s reverted to her early season one Frieda during which she was annoyingly SJW-esque. The latter half of that season was better because she and Issa developed an understanding relationship. There’s no reason why she should be characterized poorly now.

The ending scene with Issa deciding to message some bozo on Tinder to SZA’s “Supermodel” is perfect. That marks the second episode in a row where a song from Ctrl is used. Let’s hope this is a running theme for the season. I didn't even scratch the scenes where Issa goes to find Tasha. A classic mirror rap with her comparing herself to Michelle Obama ("Fuck high, I'm going low") takes her down a rabbit hole that almost ruins her life.

Should you watch “Hella Questions?”

With a lot of story to show, “Hella Questions” is sure to keep any TV watcher busy. But it’s not without its faults. It’s time to let things slow down and breathe for a minute.