Title: American Vandal Season 2
Air Date: September 14th, 2018
This is a spoiler-free review of the second season of the hit Netflix series American Vandal.
When I stumbled upon the first season of American Vandal last year, I expected another medium quality Netflix original with a childish sense of humor. How could it be possible to create a whole season of a true crime mystery, based on the question “Who drew the dicks”? What I found was a masterpiece of dick jokes, relatable drawings, and a story that left me guessing even after finishing the season. It was the perfect storm that caught everyone off guard and ended up being one of the most talked about shows of 2017. I didn’t feel that it needed more, adding more to the series would only lower the overall quality because nothing could ever compare to this. So when I heard that our favorite filmmakers and detectives, Peter and Sam were returning for a second season, I was skeptical.
I binged the entire season in one day and let me tell you that this second season is full of crap, and I mean quite literally. This season was full of the same sense of humor, moving appropriately from penis-related humor to that of the fecal kind. Similar to the first season, American Vandal didn’t only rely on the humor but also had a tense and twisting story leaving you wanting more. Heading to Washington, Peter and Sam are sent to investigate a rather down in the dumps situation at a private high school for their senior project. Netflix actually finds a way to include themselves in the story, stating that they brought more popularity and improvements to the original American Vandal series when they brought to their platform, and now bringing them on officially for the second season.
The season follows a similar story to the first, where the boys are sent in to try and prove that the suspect in their case was wrongly accused. There is a larger entity behind the scenes that is pulling the strings called “The Turd Burglar.” However, it becomes very clear that there is not only one issue coming to the surfacing including athletics in academia, social media presences and more surprises than you could predict. I will admit that there are some parts that feel very similar, but the overall tone completely changes how the complete 8 episode season feels.
Alongside our favorite Hanover High students, Peter Maldonado(Tyler Alvarez) and Sam Ecklund(Griffin Gluck) is a variety of new cast members. Kevin McClain(Travis Tope) is almost hard to cheer for throughout the season because he is incredibly unbearable. However, he is someone that a lot of us can relate to as you’ve probably met someone similar throughout your life. Tope’s character comes forward and admits to being the Turd Burglar and is the replacement for Jimmy Tatro’s character from season one as the main suspect. Melvin Gregg plays my favorite character of the season in the stereotypical jock role as DeMarcus Tillman. Being the star athlete of the school obviously gives him benefits that other students don’t receive, and that’s something that ever high schooler as seen at one point in their lives. Do his additional benefits put him in the sights of the investigation, possibly making him a potential suspect?
Besides some of the acts being blown out of proportions, it really feels as if this show could happen tomorrow in the United States. They make references to Apple’s iOS glitch from 2017, talk about how emojis are used in different posts and hit on so many relatable topics for younger generations. While some of the tactics they used to crack the case may seem minuscule to some, but are realistic things that we millennials would think about while still having great humor.
Speaking of the humor, it is still right on par with the first season. There was a serious debate rather Trope’s character was rather making a “clenching” or a “straining” face when about to poop. The puns were also as high quality as you would expect from the series, taking full advantage of the feces relate puns they could fit in. I mean they seriously were in this shit deep into ridiculous things through the second season finding any leads that they possibly could, while entertaining us all the same.
However what really sold me on this season was the message about social media presences. The Turd Burglar is able to do all of his pun related crimes while hiding behind an obvious emoji and an Instagram username. That isn’t where the online related topics end though, the concepts of catfishing and online personas are also huge plot points. These are issues and ideas that are talked about majorly in today’s age and something that American Vandal covers amazingly. I never thought that a show chasing down a poop-themed villain would have me thinking about my social media profiles and what I publish on there.
Verdict: Overall, I thought the second season of American Vandal lived up to the hype of the original. I highly recommend it to anyone that has an interest in true crime documentaries, great stories, and puns related around the fecal matter. Despite a few similar plot points, it found a way to raise the bar with deeper messages, incredibly relatable characters, and more of the humor that we come to expect from the series. Unlike after finishing the first season, I am incredibly excited to see what mystery Peter and Sam will be tackling next.
Looking for another show to binge after finishing season two of American Vandal? Check out our review of the second season of Luke Cage!
- Fun and relatable characters join the cast
- A powerful message about social media
- More toilet humor than you can image
- Several similar plot points to season one
All around nerd with an obsession for all things PlayStation, Harry Potter, and my Boston Terrier named Toast. You’ll find me praying to Todd Howard that Fallout 76 is going to be game of the year.