Emmy-winning comedy Barry – protagonist Live Night Live alum Bill Hader – recently returned to HBO for the second season, with two fewer episodes so far. The titular character, played by Hader, is a veteran and a killer who tries to put the past behind him and pursue an acting career.
This new season finds Barry trying to escape the love interest murder of his acting teacher (Henry Winkler), a policeman investigating a case in which Barry was the culprit.
As with the first season, Barry is able to swing wildly from humor to drama to suspense. An example of this is when Hank – a Chechen fool played by Anthony Carrigan – scares Barry out of an acting class in the first episode. Hank then proceeds to enter his car, and escapes while playing a girly pop song.
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Each character feels completely fulfilled – from the police officers investigating the disappearance or the murder of their colleague, on the actors of Barry's class, on the criminals he interacts with. We know them so quickly, based on a few lines and actions. It allows the show to focus on the plot, which is actually quite full of suspense.
Don't make mistakes – Barry it's a comedy. Although they rarely laugh at funny crackles, many scenes give a humorous juxtaposition or a distorted reality. But on the surface, Barry it may sound completely like a drama. Describing the show makes it seem more like a Coen Brothers or Tarantino movie than a comedy about actors in difficulty. That said, BarryThe strength is certainly its execution of a dramatic plot full of suspense in a humorous and set way.
There are only six episodes left in the current season. Part of BarryThe attraction is the ability to cram an entire plot season into episodes of about two months. There is absolutely no filling, and every scene bleeds in the general theme and in the plot of the episodes.
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There are some subplots that will soon be boiling on the surface: Barry's previous contact, Fuches (Stephen Root), is now clearly working with the LAPD to try to capture Barry for the murder committed at the end of the first season. Barry's acting teacher is discovering his own identity and selfishness while still working to teach Barry and mourn the loss of his love. Barry's girlfriend (Sarah Goldberg) is still navigating her success as an actor and, judging by how the rest of the class considers her, will almost certainly ward off her friends by complaining about her success.
There are so many ways Barry could go, but the show looks like it's just the beginning. The second season has already shown that the first season was not a fluke. Hader and company played the gold on a fascinating, exhilarating and bizarre TV subgenre.