Tuca & Bertie Season 2 Review: As Still Smart and Bold

Netflix decides to cancel Lisa Hanawalt’s anime series Tuka & Bertie I was disappointed and a little confused after the premiere season.The show very good.. It perfectly captured the malaise of millennials and struck a strong chord for us, who work 70 hours a week in gig economy jobs and just give up health insurance to pay rent. The show resonated with those of us with mental illness and those of us who fear the commitment and intimacy of the digital age. Above all, the show focuses on women, a pair of bird best friends whose messy life feels like a breath of fresh air.

This was before Netflix started sharing the “Top 10” reels, giving us access to a slightly more definitive indicator of popularity. So it’s hard to say how popular this show was among subscribers.But given Hanawald’s work on the popular Netflix anime show Bojack Horseman — With her ability to capture how dissatisfied feeling alive — Tuka & Bertie I felt like a perfect match for BojackFamiliar animation style and quirky humor. Hanawald’s focus on millennial women seemed like an opportunity to appeal to a wide range of new viewers. In the second season of the show, which airs at Cartoon Network’s new home in Adult Swim Block, the series solidifies its position as one of the weirdest and most nuanced sitcoms in the quest for friendship between modern women. I will.

Before Tuka & BertieI wonder if the anime show not only focuses on millennium women, but may dare to pull comedy out of taboo issues such as workplace harassment, sexually transmitted diseases, mental illness, drinking and sexual assault. did not. Women, especially women of color, are underestimated in animation, and this kind of story is rare. (This also applies to children’s media.) In the 2010s, messy women became popular on television. Tuca & Bertie Launched in 2019, we’ve tackled these themes with amazing nuances. It’s also amazing that Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish starred as the lead voice actors in the series. Tends to be white.. (except for Broad City, Critics have Comparison Tuka & Bertie To.. )

Hanawald’s distinctive sense of gonzo humor allowed Season 1 to tackle difficult subjects without the unpleasant dramatic irony and layer of serious cleansing that could make a show like this: Bojack Hard to see. In most cases Tuka & Bertie Unlike the animated sitcoms of the early 2000s, which only praised unhappy people and abusive characters, they were struck by a system that perpetuated harm rather than attacking the victims of the system. I did.

Season 1 Tuca & Bertie Is full of weird, moody, and sometimes annoying jokes (like giant sex bugs) that give viewers permission to laugh with Tuca and Bertie instead of their expense. In early episodes, after a colleague made an objective comment, he was plagued by workplace harassment by bringing one of Bertie’s boobs to life. (It pops out of her body and takes a holiday.) Tuka’s misfortune in the gig economy is terribly entertaining and even positive — her online sex work is reminiscent of OnlyFans, and she’s like a tumor with garlic. Trying to treat garlic-based home remedies, health care is so expensive that it’s hard not to sympathize. The show also actually found that women were told that they would make us happy and that it simply meant more work, as when Bertie was finally promoted. It captures the cognitive dissonance of late capitalism during the period of doing.

The show provides a particularly sharp commentary on sexual misconduct and assault. One of the main plans is for Bertie to pursue her creative dream (essentially a “side hustle”) and apprentice to the famous bakery Pastry Pete. He manages her with a well-known combination of innuendo and intimidation. The show relied on viewers to understand the gray areas of fear and unwanted sexual attraction, and how powers could use sexual attacks to manipulate and embarrass victims.

Season 2 extends these themes of women’s friendship, anxiety, sadness and power. The four episodes of Season 2 offered to critics are as entertaining as Season 1 and seamlessly migrate Birdtown to the new network. There are many comedies in catastrophes that can be disturbing.Hanawald Live with anxietyThis allows experts to understand the meaning of logically understanding the symptoms, and at the same time feels that they do not have the power to actually manage the symptoms. Again, the show is very specific about that approach and has a plot line about the difficulty of finding a good therapist. Coupled with Tuka’s chaotic antiques, there are ample opportunities for the most ridiculous results.

But the new season will also step along melancholic into more serious areas that emotionally affect the final episode of Season 1. Season 2 delves into Tuka’s character development, rather than relying primarily on her as a comedic foil. This season she mourns her mother’s death and deals with insomnia. The show reverses the script about the friendship between Tuka and Bertie and positions Tuka as a caretaker. Tuka’s fear of romantic commitment is contextualized by the fear of not being there for her best friend. Bertie’s boyfriend Speckle really doesn’t know how to talk her off the shelf because of his good intentions. Hanawald also focuses on Tuka’s drinking. The pandemic made it even more difficult to stay calm..

Season 2 takes full advantage of Sitcom’s storytelling format, where the character “resets” at the beginning of each episode, building a larger emotional throughline that enables growth and evolution. Tuka & BertieThe self-contained episode provides space to play in the setting and introduces “Night” Birdtown and Planto, a densely populated area of ​​horrifying plants that may have sprouted from Jeff VanderMeer’s heart. I will.The show is also playing with comedy violence and weirdness Archer Gives viewers permission to laugh when Lana shoots Archer with her foot.Viewers know he’ll be fine, as we know that Speckle doesn’t. Lots of hallucinogens eternally. (What stays in Planteau is in Planteau!)

But Tuka & BertieIn the second season of, we are firmly planting it in the rank of the anime program that finds the form of realism by pointing the mirror at the trauma of the character.Adult Swim Rick and Morty is witnessing their death, or reminiscent of other WarnerMedia shows, such as Cartoon Network’s excellent epilogue series. Stephen Universe Future, Teen Steven Universe deals with tired emotions over the years.That said, the thoughtful treatment of trauma is always Tuka & BertieStrong suit. By the end of Season 1, viewers were part of Tuka’s attention-grabbing energy as a way to deal with the immense sadness of losing a single parent and the trauma of being sexually assaulted as a child. I came to understand Bertie’s anxiety.

Season 2 delves into the idea that trauma management is a lifelong project. In the case of Bertie, it turns out that Pastry Pete wasn’t really embarrassed after the word-of-mouth spread of footage threatening Tuca to grab Bertie and “ruin” it. He remains popular and sells a new line of pastries with the theme of random apologies. This is a natural extension of Season 1’s focus on sexual abuse, with “cultural cancellation” and men accused of being credible for sexual abuse still in power and influence. Timely explanations on how to easily hold your position. For Tuka, she is learning to live with sadness and to believe that she does not have to be the glue or savior of her loved ones. This is the role she had to take on in the wake of her mother’s death.

But the episode is by no means disastrous. There are still incredible antiques and light moments, such as nude swimming and tomato head strippers, and the universe where birds are humans, but there are also separate, smaller, truly bird-like birds. The characters in the show feel very real, even if they are deeply satirized. It’s a show that still understands that laughter and crying are never too far apart, and it’s very comfortable to catch up with these beloved favorite characters.