Insecure

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-8-10-52-am-www-imagesplitter-netI have long been a fan of Issa Rae and her particular brand of wry humour. I loved Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and I’ve just finished watching her new show, Insecure.

I can’t recommend it enough. It’s funny but painfully real. The secondary characters are well-developed and I love how complex the lead character is. It’s the sort of complexity that’s usually reserved for male characters, who are never under pressure to be likeable. Issa is flawed, human, hilarious. Real.

But for me personally, her best friend Molly really resonates. Her series of dating dramas just speak to me powerfully and I know I’m not alone. There are so many great characters in the show and her portrayal of that interconnected web of relationships, colleagues and friends is just pitch perfect.

At the moment, watching this, Atlanta and Crazyhead, I feel like I’ve been spoiled for good TV with Black leads. Susan Wokoma (Crazyhead) played my favourite character in Chewing Gum and in Crazyhead she tears up every scene she is in, giving it attitude, pathos, reserve and humour as appropriate and with ease, switching gears with a quiet self-assurance. I hope to see more of her and that we don’t lose her to the States when Crazyhead lands there this month*

 

*I wish her well of course. But if we want to keep talent like hers on this side of the pond, the roles need to be there. I hope the industry takes note!

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Insecure

  1. Shane Thomas says:

    ‘Insecure’ was my favourite new show of the year. And Yvonne Orji is the biggest new acting find (not named Pheobe Waller-Bridge) of the year. So glad it got a second season.

  2. kirimk8 says:

    Yay! I didn’t know there was a second season coming. I think that my favourite dynamic was between Molly and Issa, actually – as interesting as the other relationship combinations were. So much in there and Orji did a star turn. Would be interested to get your thoughts on Atlanta.

    • Shane Thomas says:

      Yep. It was great to see black woman friendship on screen, which doesn’t happen often. While there’s not a bad performance in the cast, in terms of pure star-quality, Orji has “it”. If she makes the right career choices, she should have an Oscar within the next 10 years.

      I haven’t seen Atlanta, as I don’t think it’s (legally) showing over here? Although I really want to.

      • kirimk8 says:

        Oh and Atlanta just finished on Sky Atlantic if you have it (or can bribe a friend to share their Sky Go with you!) Agree on Orji!

      • Shane Thomas says:

        I had no idea Sky were showing it. They didn’t advertise it in the slightest. Just downloaded the first 2 episodes 🙂 I owe you one… in fact, I owe you two, as I may have missed out on ‘Insecure’ if you hadn’t have tweeted about it.

    • Shane Thomas says:

      Oh, and unrelated, I’ve just come back from seeing this play. I highly recommend it. One of the best works of art I’ve seen this year – https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/love

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