Feel Good season 2 aired on Netflix on Friday and here is our review:
Feel Good season 2 aired on Netflix on Friday and left us amazed with its sensitive and apt exploration of mental health, trauma, sexuality and relationships. The season has six episodes, and just like the first installment of the series, it does not disappoint.
In season one, we go on a journey with the two characters of the show, Mae and George. We witness Mae struggling with drug addiction, teenage trauma and mental health issues. She also has a hard time finding the right balance between her personal life and her relationship with George, someone who has never dated a woman before. The first season ended on a rather dull note, however, season 2 was full of surprises. Although we witness misery and despair, the show does a great job at ensuring viewers also see hope and love through the characters.
We were always aware that Mae went through trauma as a teenager and season two addresses it realistically, in a sensitive manner while keeping Mae’s quirks and humour in place. We gradually witness Mae coming to terms with her trauma as she struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. It is marvelous to witness her confront Scott, a dear friend who assaulted her after years of brushing trauma under the carpet. She pours her heart out to him and, although she still loves him deeply, ensures that she establishes boundaries that make her feel safe and at peace.
We also witness George coming out of her shell and becoming more confident. Although she begins by placing Mae at the center of her life, she slowly begins to focus on her personal growth as well. It is empowering to see her lead a group of youngsters to save the environment and speak so passionately about something as simple as bees.
Feel Good takes a refreshing look at relationships. It is sure to make you want to have a healthy relationship, where all parties have equal importance and value.
It is also interesting to witness Mae trying to navigate through her identity crisis. She mentions she does not identify as a woman anymore and then embarks on her non-binary journey. This is a refreshing perspective to witness, as not many shows and films focus on what it means to be non-binary. George also shows us how important it is to be supportive of individuals embarking on this journey and letting them know they can take their time to figure it out.
This millennial series is much more than just a sitcom. It tackles important issues like gender identity, sexuality, mental health, sexual assault, etc. in the most delicate and realistic manner. The characters also have their flaws and have no qualms about them. They are just two imperfect people trying to make their relationship work while focusing on personal growth as well. The show is indeed like a warm hug on a winter morning.