The Girl's Guide to Depravity officially canceled on Cinemax. I just wish the attempts at comedy landed, like, almost ever. Rachel and Jason remain among my favorite characters, though I was bummed that this was easily Chasty Ballesteros' worst material of the season, and hope that was an aberration. I do remember Dean's name now though, because he kept appearing, even though he's a stereotypical womanizer whose main purpose is to aggravate the increasingly unsympathetic and uncharismatic Sam while delivering the eye candy for his nigh-episodic schtooping sessions by which I mean he's done the deed in many episodes, not that his scenes make you want to hit the fast-forward button from tedium, like sex addict Ben's. She's Amy the Token Lesbian.
Tessa Harnetiaux and Chasty Ballesteros have also kept busy. I'm with you on this. Could have done without the plot point that hinges on an unreadable onscreen text. Things wrap here much the same way they did with season one-- the promise of a show that had good moments and hopefully has its shit together to fully deliver next time. This is my new favorite show! Megan continues to have problems, but she's getting better, while Sam predictably sputters. If anyone has seen a working torrent of both seasons 1 and 2 of this show, please post a link.
The producers are wisely pushing the show to become more of an ensemble, here spotlighting Amy in only her second show appearance. Megan is a more pathetic overacted spare Samantha, who has herself mostly drifted aimlessly. I'm not sure all this fucking soap opera is good for my fucking cable porn. The series aired in 2012 and 2013 as part of Cinemax's After Dark erotic programming block. Also, since this season has been at least partially defined by my increasing dislike of Sam, I'll add that she has another sex scene that is practically interchangeable with any other Sam sex scene throughout the series. Sam sets up Dean with a sex addict on a mission.
Meanwhile the sex doesn't benefit from the added neurosis and dubious characterization. Sam is the relationship girl, who is still in a relationship with the relationship guy from last season. I even tried to Google it up through the lyrics, which is more effort than I usually expend on these reviews. Everything a girl needs to stay protected against finding love. Two seasons in, and I'd have to say this is a show where I'd cherry-pick maybe three episodes a year to tepidly recommend to anyone. Blumhagen can't carry it off as well as Golan did by half, but it's better than Sam continuing to float along.
Finally, for goodness sake, please write the leading female characters with the diversity and verve of the male supporting cast, who routinely outshine the presumed subjects of the damned program. It doesn't help that Sam and Ryan and some sort of coupling mandate dominates. Sam's passivity has been falling away between her conflicted relations with Jason and not-Adam Driver, but more so because of her professional and personal rivalry with Dean combined with the stress of her girlfriends' needs. Sam is behind the most depraved initiative of the show's history, but it's really not cool, y'know'wa'a'mean? Further, the great news is that the erotic scenes in this show are not only awesome and really hot, but are tied together with an enjoyable and comedic story line that becomes incredibly visible once you look through the shock and awe of the erotica sex scenes. There's a couple of sex scenes if I recall correctly-- no wait, three. Veteran writer Chloe Danger and director Alex Merkin maintain the tone of the first season, and once the messy business of the retooling is dispensed with, one hopes the cavorting shenanigans will see an uptick. They still need to figure out what to do with The Lesbian Amy though, because her dull story isn't going anywhere and feels like an intrusion on the better material surrounding it.
There's some needed though predictable story progression, so that's a good thing. Not off to a good start, though. Tyler needs a wife fast or he faces deportation, but first the gang needs to butch him up. Feels good to make that happen. It matters that she was there and is now gone, so I suspect the producers want to keep the door open.
While I haven't been super diligent or anything, it seems like Chloe Danger wrote most of the season, and Alex Merkin directed much of it, through good and bad. Sally Golan and Rebecca Blumhagen had a rare, sincere chemistry by softcore standards that clearly cannot by replicated. It's fun and bubbly and entertains during the refractory period. Moving on, the men appearing on this show have gotten sleazier, and therefore offer more excuses for guiltless abuse, as opposed to the more average-to-nebbish fellows last season. The episode ultimately pulls ahead of the pack through some peculiar but amusing creative choices and some of the most interesting sex scenes of the season late in the show. Oh, and the hardbodies that get a sex scene with potential in the first half peter out quickly with lots of guilt attached.
Rebecca Blumhagen has been co-writing these episodes, and that perhaps needs to stop. The Girl's Guide to Depravity season 2 episode 9 The Wingwoman Rule Megan has a steaming hot dream about Charlie, but keeps it secret. Playing to extremes, Tessa Harnetiaux's Megan is vastly more pathetic and clueless than season 1 Sam, while Megan Barrick's Jenna overshoots Lizzie, aiming for Sienna-level calculated depravity. It's up to newly introduced supporting characters Rachel, Charlie, Dean, and Jason's lesbian ex Amy Nicole Rodenburg to keep the show afloat. Regardless, I'm liking the series again, and now that it's got so many decent characters to work with, I'm hopeful a third season wouldn't be as disrupted by a single actor's departure as this one. Like, deep European forest white where communism prevented immigration and commingling of the races white.
Sam may have gotten the web hits for her occasional awkward reverse-jailbait shagging, but Lizzie was the salvation of most episodes with her distinctive looks and steadier delivery of the goods. However, season two was a hot mess, and who knows when or if season 3 will happen with what component parts. Megan might actually be formulating some sort of personality as she and Charlie prove less casual than either thought. Sam attends a sex addicts meeting with Jenna and Ben and makes a new friend. Comedy-Drama Who Is In It? Amy moves in with Carrie.