Have You Watched Master of None Season 2?

I’m in awe of how good Master of None is.

I shouldn’t be surprised, considering how much I liked season one. I always have some level of trepidation about second seasons, though. They can make or break a show.

But Aziz Ansari now has my eternal trust. There’s something about this season that says to me that he made each episode because he had something to say, not because he felt obligated or financially motivated to make it.

In fact, almost all of the 10 episodes feels more like a self-contained film (ranging from as few as 19 minutes to as long as 57 minutes) than part of a series. Each one tells a specific story, making it quite memorable.

I wanted to specifically focus on two episodes, one that has no spoilers, and the other that has many spoilers. Read the first part if you haven’t watched season 2, then maybe come back to read the second part and offer your thoughts in the comments.

Episode 6

The reason this episode doesn’t have spoilers is that Dev (Aziz) is barely in the episode at all. Instead, it jumps around to 4 different groups of people in New York as they go about their day.

Each of their stories is wonderful, funny, and touching, but the one that I’ll never forget is the one that focuses on a deaf woman. As soon as the episode cuts to her, there is absolutely no sound. No music, no words, no ambient effects. It’s absolutely silent, as it puts the viewer in the shoes (and ears) of the deaf woman as she goes about her otherwise very normal day.

Then, with a jolt of sound, the camera leaves her and focuses on someone else. It’s a jarring moment, but it’s perfect.

***spoilers below***

Episode 9

This episode may be the best romantic comedy I’ve ever seen.

Notably, it’s nearly an hour long. There are little hints throughout the season about a budding romance, but most of that content is in episode 9, with some content carrying over to episode 10 (the two probably could be combined).

The most remarkable thing to me is that the romance, chemistry, dialogue, and acting are so realistic that it truly feels that Aziz was making a documentary of his life. It’s palpable. I definitely fell for the woman; I can’t see how Aziz couldn’t as well.

Episode 9 does such a good job of conveying modern love that it even made me–someone who has lost all interest in dating–miss it. Watching it made me miss the tension, the curiosity, the connection, the texts and conversations and glances that make my entire body hum.

There’s one line (I think it’s in episode 10) that really hit home with me. When Aziz is rejected, he confesses to his friend, “I don’t even know if it’s about her. I just…I miss that feeling. When we were together doing all that stuff, I felt really connected to somebody. It felt good.”

I’ve read that the final glimpse at what happens between the two characters isn’t necessarily reality, which makes me hope all the more for a season 3. Aziz has said it’ll be a long time before there’s another season: “I’ve got to become a different guy before I write a third season, is my personal thought. I’ve got to get married or have a kid or something. I don’t have anything else to say about being a young guy being single in New York eating food around town all the time.”

That makes me respect him even more, as badly as I want to know what happens next.

What did you think of Master of None season 2?