Schmigadoon! Season 2 Review – Once more with feeling

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 5 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 6 -| Review Score – 3/5

 

When it released back in 2021, Schmigadoon! delivered an enjoyable ode to musicals of old, with plenty of self-aware jokes, catchy songs and a lovely message about true love. Yes it was silly, yes it was a little corny, but it was undeniably wholesome and a real pleasure to watch.

Now onto its second season, Schmigadoon! is back and this time we’re whisked through time to the 70’s, as much grittier, darker and more experimental musicals come to the foreground. Josh and Melissa are unhappy in their lives. They’re desperate to have a baby, believing it’ll help spark their relationship and take them to the next level.

However, when all of this comes crashing down, they find themselves seeking an alternate adventure, coming in the form of visiting Schmigadoon again. Well, there’s no fluffy rainbows and happy music here, instead Josh and Melissa are whisked through time and immediately thrust into the sex, violence and misdeeds of Chicago. Or, well, Schmicago.

The main plot comes in the form of a murder, of which Josh is framed for and thrown behind bars. Melissa scrambles to try and save him, and along the way the pair find themselves battling against the sinister Octavius Kratt and his cronies.

The story plays out in a rather perfunctory way, although the ending does leave a lot to be desired. The final episode wraps everything up so fast and leaves little time to really explore the main thematic crux of this season, which comes from Melissa and Josh’s woes. Instead, we get one song that encapsulates their feelings and then it’s back to business as usual… and then everything ends.

Ordinarily I wouldn’t point out the ending in a full season review but it’s important to note because this is where the first season’s strengths lay. Schmigadoon managed to really sell the idea of Josh and Melissa going through the ringer to understand what true love is and everything they did fed back into this larger narrative. In season 2 however, the same cannot be said.

What we get here is a story that works backwards from an idea of celebrating 70’s musicals and adopting a darker narrative but never quite gets the thematic core to shine the way it should.

Narrative woes aside, Schmigadoon season 2 does have some stand-out moments. Some of the music is fantastic, especially the introduction song to Schmicago, which also serves as a clever Coda at the end too. Similarly, the tongue-in-cheek style of the lyrics, which poke fun at various aspects of musicals from this time, are also a stand out element.

The production design this year looks fantastic too. The costuming, dancing and the sets are all great and the addition of the charismatic narrator, played by the ever-fantastic Tituss Burgess, helps sell all of this in the most flamboyant way.

Ultimately, Schmigadoon season 2 is a lot of fun, but it’s also not immune to criticism either. The narrative is much weaker this time around, while the rushed ending is likely to leave you feeling a bit disappointed. The 6 episodes certainly zip by quickly though and a third season would certainly be welcome!


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1 thought on “Schmigadoon! Season 2 Review – Once more with feeling”

  1. I loved season 2, up to the last episode. Really did feel like a rush to wrap it up. Kinda bummed.

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