Loot Season 2 Review – Crumbles under the weight of its own narrative

Season 1

Season 2

 

Episode Guide

Space for Everyone -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Clueless -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Vengeance Falls -| Review Score – 4/5
Mr. Congeniality -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Mally’s -| Review Score – 3/5
Women Who Rule -| Review Score – 3/5
Camp Wells -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Grace -| Review Score – 3/5
Mood Vibrations -| Review Score – 3/5
We Shouldn’t Exist -| Review Score – 3/5

 

In the Apple TV+ comedy series Loot, created by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard, we follow the journey of Molly Wells Novak (Maya Rudolph) as she navigates life post-separation from her cheating husband (Adam Scott) and unexpectedly becomes the third-richest woman in the world.

In season 1, Molly struggled to find purpose in her life after her divorce, throwing herself into working for a charity foundation she didn’t even know she owned. With help from Wells Foundation executive director Sofia Salinas (MJ Rodriguez), accountant Arthur (Nat Faxon), her cousin Howard (Ron Funches), and her faithful assistant Nicholas (Joel Kim Booster), Molly found there’s more to life than yacht parties and spa days.

At the start of season 2, Molly has promised to give away her fortune. Her work at the Wells Foundation continues as she strives to live up to her word, and she soon throws herself into a new housing project called “Space for Everyone.”

Loot Season 2 continues with its two parallel arcs: One of Molly’s personal journey of stepping out from her ex-husband’s shadow, and one of her bumbling efforts to do right by her money, which provides most of the show’s commentary. It’s a strong premise that’s unfortunately wrapped up in weak attempts at humor that haven’t improved since last season. Rather than keep some serious topics light, it turns them cloying.

I do like that right out of the gate, the show hasn’t stopped poking fun at Molly. She may be well-meaning, but as long as she’s a billionaire, she has some faults to work through. 

Occasionally, however, Loot does fail in holding her accountable. The show waves its hand at Molly’s flagrant displays of wealth. Even after her promise to give it all away, her wealth is usually only mentioned as a throwaway joke or personality quirk–until it actually matters for the sake of developing the plot around “Space for Everyone.”

In actuality, some of Loot’s best moments this season happen apart from the overarching “Space for Everyone” narrative, particularly in the evolving romance between Molly and Arthur. The season also establishes early an arc for Molly, who displays significant growth in coming out of the shadows of her ex and becoming her own person.

Interestingly, the most wittily written and delivered episode of Loot, “Vengeance Falls,” actually lost the plot of the show’s overarching narrative. It happened to work to that episode’s advantage, as it was allowed to function more simply as a fairly classic sitcom episode–with likable characters who go through funny escapades and learn some life lessons along the way.

If only Loot were just a regular sitcom. Because–while I love what it’s trying to do with its anti-billionaire message–it’s crumbling under the weight of its own narrative. It’s a lot of pressure for a sitcom to take on heavy topics and remain funny and engaging. And being inconsistent in both comedy and narrative, Loot hasn’t quite mastered that balancing act.


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