Video: Trailer For 'Insecure' Season 2 Is Wonderfully Awkward
Insecure, starring Issa Rae (possibly the coolest native Angeleno around), is returning for its sophomore season on HBO. And if the recently-released trailer (above) is any indication, the awk factor is getting a huge boost.
The faux pas come in spades, and a lot of it stems from the torture rack that we commonly refer to as "dating." Rae's character, who still has a former flame on her mind, goes through a series of stultifying dates. We discover that 1.) she really loathes small talk, and 2.) you shouldn't get into her personal space. On the one occasion she initiates contact (she moves in for a kiss) she straight-up head butts her companion, effectively ending any notions of romance. Also, Rae gives sexting a shot and finds out she doesn't quite have the acumen for it.
While Rae is grappling with her love life, her best friend Molly is dealing with rifts in her professional career—she realizes that she's getting paid less than a colleague (who, spoiler alert, is a white male) despite being the best lawyer in her firm, and that she's the outsider in an Old Boys' Club. All these trials are summarized in a character voice-over that says, "I know as black women it could feel like there's a lot of things stacked against us. We feel invisible at work. We feel the pressure to have the perfect relationship."
With these pressures hovering above the cast, Rae flips the bird (figuratively) at one point and says what's on the viewers' minds: "I'm done second-guessing myself. I just want to feel good." Will Rae step into the light and find the confidence she desires? That's left to be seen. What's certain is that the journey there will be deliciously awkward and wholly unpleasant.
And if you haven't jumped on the show yet, here's the first episode of Season 1 in its entirety:
Season 2 of Insecure premieres Sunday, July 23 on HBO.