Earlier this week, I wrote about the first season of House of Lies. If you missed it, you can check it out HERE!
Due to not enough backlog and just real life being busy, I decided to bump this post up a little. It also means I can continue watching House of Lies Season 3. Yay! House of Lies seriously took me by surprise and it just is really funny to watch despite all the business stuff in it. Let’s hope that Season 2 holds up the greatness of the first season!
House of Lies
[Season 2, 2013]
Creator: Matthew Carnahan
Cast: Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Donis Leonard Jr., Glynn Turman, Dawn Olivieri, Jenny Slate, Larenz Tate, Bess Armstrong
The second season of House of Lies picks up a (few?) week(s) after the incident that destroyed the deal that was going have MetroCapital take over Galweather, the business consultant company that Marty and The Pod works for. However, danger is still close. The incident caused the company to be taken over by a very reputable business woman, Julianna Hofschrager, played by Bess Armstrong. Julianne has an agenda to turn the business around and with a new management comes its own worries. Marty and The Pod get sent out to take care of a huge client in Las Vegas and the difference of the first season and this one is that the second season focuses around landing this casino deal and working it out throughout most of the season.
Having one case along with a few other little ones on the side is a good decision. It adds a little different pacing to the story. Now, we can actually see the characters develop more. On one hand, we get a closer look at Marty and his family especially as he patches up things with his son and deals with his brother that crashes at his place. On the other hand, not so much him but Jeannie is dealing with the memories of how things left off in Season 1 and wondering about the feelings she might have. However, this time around, we get a much deeper look into Doug’s character and something like how he becomes more independent along with Clyde. A new member is added onto their team. The new member is part of Marty’s past. Also, Jenny Slate joins the show as Doug’s girlfriend and her character is rather complex as well but one I like a lot! We need some more ladies on the show with depth. Although, in a quirky and sly way, Bess Armstrong is also fantastic as Julianne Hofschrager.
One of the most unpredictable bits of Season 2 is really in not truly knowing who to trust or how much we do know the characters. Everyone seems to have their own story and at this point, we only have skimmed the surface so when things happen out of the ordinary, it becomes a surprise. Its also the series where the characters are more independent. They have more outside influence and each are trying to embrace whatever suppressed feelings they have to secure their future. The Pod is more and more dangerous because both Marty and Jeannie seem to have their dangers and it seems like a time bomb waiting to explode. The feeling of uneasiness is always present however House of Lies is quite masterful at keeping a certain humor constantly in the forefront. That is the part I enjoy and appreciate the most.
Plus, Season 2 ended with a guest role for Adam Brody and well, this was before blogging days but my high school days was very much being in love with The O.C. so his small part here was the cherry on top. However, we can’t discount some of the other guest roles that occurred and maybe even some of them I suspect might reappear in future seasons.
Overall, Season 2 of House of Lies was a lot better than the first season. It develops each of the characters better and gets more personal. The story has a continuity and danger. The new characters add some complexity but maintains the humor it had in the first season. Don Cheadle is still incredibly charismatic even in his very flawed character while Kristen Bell is absolutely fantastic. Jenny Slate is one of my favorite additions to the show and I can’t wait to see how her character develops. Its a lot of fun to watch and Season 3 is heading into a completely different direction and I’m excited to start it up!
Are you a fan of House of Lies? How about Don Cheadle and/or Kristen Bell?
Time for Season 3! I’ll be back with the next TV Binge soon!