Master of None debuted in 2015, and was loved by critics and viewers alike. The show went on to win the Critic's Choice Television Award for the Best Comedy Series of the Year. Aziz Ansari and co-creator Alan Yang's brainchild centers around the life of Dev Shah, a second-generation American from an Indian Muslim family in search of love and his struggle with relationships, be it with friends, romantic, or with family.
After a groundbreaking first season, Netflix released the second season of Master of None on May 12 receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback and appreciation for an incredible modern rom-com.Alan Yang, during an interview with Vox, talked about the guiding philosophy behind the second season of Master of None.
"Everyone in the world, every human being, is the star of their own show, their own movie," Yang said. "No one's a background player in their own TV show."
This sentiment echoes throughout the second season of Master of None. In all of its casual encounters and unintentional heartaches, in this pale blue dot we inhabit, everybody matters. Once you accept this basic premise of the show, you open yourself to a whole different experience of absorbing visual content. Each episode of the new season offers new possibilities and relatable connections. Rooted in reality of our times, Master of None's second season is a celebration of all things human. Whether it's a foreign trip, post-bad break-up, or immigrant parents' longing for traditions, or an unbridgeable chasm between the two generations, Master of None is a beautifully curated lived experience.
Second season opens in Modena, Italy, where Dev has landed after his breakup to learn how to make pasta, what follows is all things Italian. Aptly named "The Thief," alluding to Bicycle Thieves and L'Avventura, the episode provides answers unto itself. Dev's love for food and his desire to start afresh led him to the birthplace of pasta, one of the most romantic foods. The son of an immigrant, Dev assimilates himself into a new culture, speaking Italian while forming new connections with Italy, where he finds himself in company of new friends. The show gradually moves from a dreamy autumn montage to the harsh realities of adult life.
From his exploration as a non-practicing Muslim to revisiting all of his first dates, Dev Shah's vulnerabilities and strengths are exposed. As an observational comedy, Master of None reaches its epitome with the episode titled "New York, I Love You." The episode, which talks about empathy and humanity in ways, practices the adage, "the lesser said the better." "Thanksgiving" is another masterpiece that breaks away from a cliched coming out story. The episode deal with gay pride expressed in such subtle overtures, and that's the beauty of this show.
With Master of None, Aziz Ansari has created an ode to humanity itself. It's not just a slice of life, but a life lived by different individuals with varied circumstances as it draws the audience to witness and be part of these heartwarming, textured, fragmented, and almost too-real experiences.
As an audience, there's never enough of a good thing. The same applies to Master of None. When is the third season coming out? Aziz Ansari doesn't want to answer that.
"The worst time to ask me or [co-creator] Alan [Yang] about whether we're doing a third season is right after we finished the second season. Even just hearing the words 'season three' stresses me out. And being asked that in interviews stresses me out. I immediately think of a year of very hard work. Now we've just finished the season and now we have other things we want to do. I love the show, and it's the best job I have ever had to make a show with my best friend, and my whole entire immediate family."What Aziz really wants is to live his life a little, and then continue his storytelling.
"If we didn't do a third season, yeah, I'd feel bad that we wouldn't get to keep going, but I also wouldn't want to do a third season if it wasn't as inspired as what we did."[Featured Image by Netflix]