Insecure Season 3 – AR Review
Issa Rae returns for a 3rd season of ‘Insecure’
Way more emotional turmoil last time and Issa is in a tough spot more than
Insecure is as confident and authentic as ever for its third season, successfully capturing the complexities of contemporary relationships in a way that few other shows would dare. Featuring dialogue that feels both real and hilarious, the show never falters in its relevance, and the writers have also come up with a host of interesting plots this season.
Issa Rae may also be the most a-dork-able African-American actress to come down the pike in a while, and her character is so representative of an archetype that rarely gets its due in popular media.
The show may not have evolved too much in its three years, and the sophomore year had a stronger layer of underlying melancholy, but Insecure is one of the most endearing female-led series on TV right now, and certainly a more universal one than HBO’s Girls ever was.
At its best, Insecure is a show about young black women in an increasingly gentrified Inglewood, California, whose lives are sometimes a mess but who make it livable because they love and support one another. However, last year, the show began to center Lawrence’s character in a way that made for excellent social media fodder but often left Issa and her crew on the periphery.
This season has been a course correction. Thus far, the episodes have been about reacquainting us with the two characters who make the show work: Issa and Molly.
We’ve seen Issa slowly find an apartment, no small feat in Los Angeles, and she has finally come to terms with the ubiquitous white supremacy of We Got Y’all, her place of employment since Season 1. A highlight of this season thus far was watching Issa walk away from the nonprofit—even if her departure was ill-advised given her financial situation.
In a similar vein, breakout star Yvonne Orji’s Molly is a wonderful character who spent too much of Season 2 clutching her teddy bear wondering what was going on with Sarunas J. Jackson’s Dro. This season, she sent him packing and, as a result, we spend time seeing both Issa and Molly doing things that are not centered around the men in their lives.