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Mad dogs season 2 is here, and I can’t wait for you to see it.
To start, a few words about what we’re not seeing on this season. A whole lot of new characters are being introduced, but none of them will be recurring, as far as we know. The story that will unfold is largely different from the first season, as is the dynamic of our characters, although there are still some elements from the first season that will be present.
And for the most part, this second season feels like a continuation of the first season. The characters are the same, and they’re all here for a reason. There’s not a lot of room for change, but the tone and execution of the episodes will be very different. So without further ado, let’s begin the review!
1) It’s Alive:
Episode 1.01 – It’s Alive
The episode starts off with a bang. It’s not a huge plot-heavy episode, but it does what it does extremely well.
You see, there’s a woman named Claire (Sasha Pileggi) who works in a hospital. When her baby is born with an extremely rare, unknown disease that makes it appear that the baby is infected with rabies, she has a choice: either euthanize the baby or allow the baby to be treated.
It’s an interesting way of starting the story, as you see right away that things aren’t quite the same. It’s very much in line with the character dynamics of season 1, because Claire (and, by extension, all of the characters) are constantly being forced to make decisions that no one wants to make. If you’re familiar with the first season, you know what’s coming. If you aren’t familiar with it, then what I’m about to say will make more sense.
What’s great about this particular episode is that there are two plots going on. One, there’s Claire, and she’s dealing with the fact that the baby needs to be treated, and she’s having trouble deciding whether or not to let her child die. And, for some reason, she’s getting help from her ex-husband (Josh Stewart), and he’s making it clear to her that the baby needs to be treated. And the second part of the episode is a flashback to a very different time.
It’s very intriguing, and it’s executed extremely well. The two stories are not connected at all. The whole thing is set up, and it feels like everything is just leading to this.
The episode also does a lot of things differently. The flashbacks are a lot more emotionally engaging, which makes the emotional beats hit harder. Also, Claire and Jack aren’t together in the first half of the episode, and you’ll see why later.
The ending is great, but there’s not a whole lot of time for that. So that’s not what I’m here to talk about.
The first half of the episode is everything I said before. It’s a continuation of season 1. The second half is a lot more… well, that’s what I’m going to talk about.
So why the change? Well, it’s obvious in a lot of ways, but it makes a lot more sense when you see how everything came together.
I mentioned that the flashbacks and the events from season 1 are connected. The truth is, they’re not connected in the least. They’re the same story, just told in two different ways.
It’s also made in a way that’s more “season 2” than season 1. There are a few things that happen at the very end that are very season 2, so you might notice some similarities in the episodes. That’s because they are.
The best thing about the way that they were able to tell the same story in two completely different ways is that they were able to have two completely different arcs. You see it in the very beginning, when you see the flashback. Claire is the only one who really knows what’s going on. The first half of the episode is about her trying to figure things out.
So in that sense, the second half of the episode is a great exploration of her trying to figure out whether or not she’s being responsible for what happened to the child, or if it was just something that happened.
What’s really interesting, though, is that it all ends in a different way. The first season ends in a way that makes sense because that’s the way that we’d see a show about rabies. This season doesn’t end like that. It ends in a way that makes sense to Claire’s story, which makes sense, because that’s what she’s going through in the first half of the episode.
So the episode does a really good job of showing Claire being able to make difficult decisions. She’s forced to make a lot of them because of the situation that she’s in, and they’re all tough choices.
Now, you can’t have a show about a disease that makes it appear that a baby is infected with rabies without having a bit of drama. And so this episode has some good, dramatic stuff.
It’s not quite as good as the first season, but it’s pretty good, because it’s done very well. But it ends with a twist that I think was much more successful in the context of season 2 than season 1.
2) A Man Of Letters:
Episode 1.02 – A Man of Letters
What happens when you take everything I said about the first episode and change