INSECURE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON REVIEWED
“Insecure” is HBO giving Issa Rae a chance to bring her comedy to the house that Tony Soprano built. While the show starts well, obvious weak points emerge. Issa Rae does better when she keeps the focus on herself and doesn’t try to build a world. What hurts Insecure is the fact that Rae seems lost in a world too big for her jokes. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Some comedians work better when things play tighter.
I see similar issues happen in “Crashing”. In that series, the HBO aesthetic benefits Pete Holmes when he partners up with others. When it’s just Holmes on his own, the show feels like its 5 hours long. Awkward humor works when we’re not desperately hoping for our leads to better their lives. It’s kinda what up-ended Michael Scott towards the end of The Office. When things go too well, it doesn’t work. When it goes too bad, you want to look away.
This is a great start, but I want to see Season 2 in 2017 before making a final decision on this series.
- Conjugal Visits
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track