TV Series Review Vol. 4 No. 7: The Politician Season 2

The New York Senate seat race begins. Vote for Payton Hobart!

A month to go before election day. Payton Hobart is 35 points behind the incumbent Democrat in the New York Senate seat race. But with the support of young voters, he knows he could turn the state from blue to independent. Also, he needs a huge scandal as his Hail Mary.

If this is an election and “The Politician” Season 2 is a presidential candidate running against other current Netflix shows of the same genre, it certainly will not win any red states in reaching 270 in the electoral college. But it could get some popular votes. Mainly because, for its defense, it is a comedy.

To say that “The Politician”does not portray the political stage of our time is false. I mean, every bullsh*it is possible now, and a teenage college student sure could run for state senate seat. The show tries to mirror our current political conundrum and opens a discussion about morality and ethics, which, let’s be honest, no politician cares about.

Every season revolves around a different political race for Payton Hobart (Ben Platt). Now he is running against New York Senate long-time incumbent Dede Standish (Judith Light). Season 2 is a repeat of the same narrative of the first season. Payton is still looking for his authentic self with occasional help from River Barkley (David Corenswet), his former classmate who committed suicide and is now a ghost, I guess.

Because it’s from Ryan Murphy, the style and the visual of the “The Politician” are superb, and the characters in their expensive suits are the trademark of this show. But the momentum of the story is not there, and the audience will click “next” only because of its cliff hanger every end of each episode. You will be expecting it after watching two episodes. Like its subplots, the ending was lazily written, and at the closing credits, you will feel disappointed.

Geek Rate

ares-512Geek Rate: Mortal Worthy (3 out of 5 stars). I would really want to say that “The Politician” provides an escape from the crazy politics in America while trying to give some lesson about morality and ethics and such things as that in “Scandal” and “The Designated Survivor.” The escape part is true, but the show hasn’t done a good job in the lesson part. The satire is what’s good in this show, (other than it’s awesome cast). There’s an equally weighed discussion about “woke” young generation, climate change, cultural appropriation, among other issues. But it’s not enough. For a show about politics in an election year, “The Politician” failed in its moral obligation to add a more in-depth take on these issues. But in one of the episodes, I was reminded of what “The Designated Survivor has done in its last season, their social commentaries from real people. “The Voter” episode focused on voters from two different generations and their contrasting views. Maybe the show could have done more episodes like that one. Then it could have been more worth it.

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