I wasn’t ready for the Game Of Thrones season 7 finale 3 weeks ago. I was definitely not ready for the Insecure season 2 finale this weekend. GoT S7 could have used another episode, if not two, because it felt like too much of a race. And Insecure could have definitely used another episode, not because it felt like it was a race but because there is still so much to unpack, even if the season finale was an extra 15 minutes.
But that’s where they’ve left us, in doorways, just like Issa and Molly, as Insecure and in between as ever. Molly is in between jobs. She’s in between “should” and “could”. Issa is watching all the doors and their accompanying possibilities play out in her mind. One doorway was a fantasy and when that fantasy wasn’t an option, she ended up standing in another doorway, an old familiar doorway, because the finding a new doorway is a lot harder than going back to one you know. And with Issa, as we’ve seen now over 20 episodes, always steps back after she goes forward. Forward for Issa would be how she handled herself at work, with Frieda, putting aside resentment that Frieda was more ready for the promotion than she is. Forward too for Issa meant applying that same open attitude when she and Lawrence finally confronted their mistakes and the hurt they inflicted on each other and the love they still have for each other. Backwards though means that Issa, for all her talk about needing to work on herself, ended up at a doorway that will probably hold her back for a while longer. Which is also where we find Molly. Which is what makes them so interesting – and real. Insecure gives us what we need, not what we want. We might want Molly to move on from a potentially destructive relationship but we need her to stay there until it costs her. Because change can’t come without a cost. We want Issa and Lawrence to get back together but what we actually need is to see them get to a place where they can’t use anger to keep from addressing why it is that they broke apart – reasons that can’t be fixed by love alone and problems that can only be addressed when they’re on their own.
And now we have to wait another f-cking year before we find out how they fix their sh-t, if they do at all. The good news for those of you who haven’t started watching Insecure yet though is that you now have two seasons to binge. I am jealous of you. Mad because you’ve waited this long to watch one of the best comedies on television but more jealous because you get to meet these people for the first time. As I yell WHY AREN’T YOU WATCHING INSECURE for the last time until next summer.
One more note on Insecure before I stop nagging – on Show Your Work a few weeks ago, Duana talked about how even the technical elements in Hollywood are set up for discrimination. Jessica Williams has to carry her own makeup with her to photo shoots because many makeup artists don’t know how to work with black faces. Jennifer Hudson had to get lip injections because the lighting wasn’t working with her features. This is not a problem on Insecure. Here’s why:
Attached - Issa Rae at the 2017 Harper's Bazaar ICONS party on Friday and at the 29Rooms opening night on Thursday.
Yours in gossip,