The first season of Ted Lasso was gonna be a hard act to follow. Not only did it come out at a time when some positivity was sorely needed, but the overall theme of people warming up to Ted was just fun to watch unfold. So where does a second season go, when everyone likes Ted now? Well… it goes nowhere, apparently. The first several episodes of Season 2 felt very meandering, like there was no end goal in sight. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a show that’s more bite-sized and laidback, but the stakes are sooooo low. Even the most saccharine content needs some conflict. To be fair to Ted Lasso, things do pick up about halfway through when we start to see Ted’s anxiety and Nate’s selfishness manifest themselves. I don’t have a problem with either of these developments, but I also don’t feel like they were foreshadowed very well and kind of come out of nowhere.
For Ted, maybe that’s the point. We, the audience, only see what Ted, the character, allows us to see. And I’m okay with Ted not being able to keep up the facade 24/7. I think it was needed to see him break down. I can’t say the same for Nate, though. Nate is a huge asshole in Season 2. While I get where this is possibly coming from, it requires me to fill in some of my own blanks, and none of it is forgivable to this character. He’s beyond redeemable now. At least Season 2 did something with him, though. Other characters like Rebecca have so little to do in Season 2. For her especially, it’s such a waste of talent. The only character who gets better in Season 2 is Roy Kent. Seriously, he is the best thing about the show, and I’m glad they found ways to include him even though he no longer plays on the team. If Season 3 is nothing more than ten episodes of Roy grunting at people, I’m still on board.