Everybody had the very same thought going into The Circle Season 2: there’s no approach a follow-up season might come near matching the giddy rush that was Season 1. That solid took a present all about social media (the downfall of society, TBH) and made it into one thing heat, open, and uplifting. As I stated approach again when, Season 1 of the show totally catfished the audience. We went in anticipating the messy drama that truly dominates social media IRL, and as an alternative we noticed an entire bunch of really disparate strangers discover frequent floor and depart the present a legit #CircleFam. There was no approach Season 2 might reside as much as that—however the present completely catfished us once more.
The Circle Season 2 got here out swinging with probably the most intense altercation in Circle US historical past. Savannah and Terilisha went from friends to frenemies to enemies in a matter of minutes, and that feud dominated the web for—I imply, I’m fairly certain persons are nonetheless speaking about it! For a beef that was squashed in Episode 4, it’s nonetheless uncooked to a variety of viewers.
And that feud up high was the results of what Season 2 will endlessly be identified for: extremely strategic alliance play and catfishery. This solid, totally up to the mark on the present’s mechanics after watching Season 1, clearly didn’t soar into the Circle simply to kill a while across the pond throughout our pandemic nightmare 12 months. They got here to win $100,000, whether or not that meant catfishing as a single dad or throwing different gamers below the bus or blowing up all of the spots in each face-to-face interplay. They actually kicked probably the most serene participant out at first. This present wasn’t going to be as tranquil as Season 1. The season was nonetheless going to be good, probably nice, however in a totally completely different approach.
Effectively, now the season’s over and—yeah, we had been catfished. What we noticed within the first week was emblematic of the season on the entire; it was a complicated recreation of shifting alliances, all of them finally vying for the belief of an ex-contestant from Netflix’s Too Scorching to Deal with. However within the season finale the place all of the catfish are caught, the present revealed itself to be precisely as stuffed with unabashed coronary heart as Season 1—and perhaps even fuller.
There’s a really actual and relatable pressure to each season of The Circle, as you’re conscious of all of the lies being informed. You’ll be able to’t assist however take into consideration how devastated and/or enraged contestants can be once they discover out their future husband is definitely a married mother, or their future spouse is a dude named Jack. That’s why the finales are such a celebration. All of the lies are uncovered to the sunshine, they usually’re someway greeted with nothing however love.
Chloe was someway excited to satisfy Deleesa, the participant behind her Circle boyfriend. She rolled with it, utterly conscious that they had been enjoying a recreation and that, on this case, one other participant bought the higher of her by—and that is the trick—forming a real connection together with her. No exhausting feels!
And that’s the identical with River’s reveal—however how on the earth might you see Lee and really feel something however pleasure? He’s the embodiment of “simply comfortable to be right here!” and you’re keen on him for it.
After which—and perhaps it is because I’ve watched this complete season no fewer than 3 occasions over the previous couple months whereas overlaying it—all of the friendships and heartwarming moments from the complete cutthroat season jumped out to me. This season actually was a lovefest from the soar. Savannah visiting Courtney on her approach out and giving him basically a ticket to the finale together with her intel, and Khat later doing the identical with Deleesa/”Trevor.” That basically touching BBQ chat between Trevor and Terilisha and Khat. The bond fashioned between #TheCardashians and the best way that River and Courtney seemed out for Chloe. And the best way that Courtney and River actually bonded, exhibiting an intergenerational homosexual friendship the likes of which we by no means see on TV. All the best way as much as the tip, the chums caught collectively. Even when Trevor indicated she wished to dam River, Chloe contemplated it for a second after which—why does this choke me up?—she stated to herself with resolve:
And as for River? After enjoying tactical to take away Mitchell, he couldn’t go together with something apart from his coronary heart for his closing scores.
The true shock of the season, although, was the odd couple of Jack and Lisa. Your entire season’s vibe might be summed up by their arcs, I believe. They each entered as some fairly excessive catfish. Jack stated he wished to be a villain and Lisa was playing as Lance Bass. However then once they had been blocked, the reentered the sport as… a homosexual, 64-year-old full-time psychic, part-time Santa improviser and grandfather. These two instantly grew to become comedian reduction, because the present stored reducing to them doing probably the most out-of-context weird stuff: pondering in the event that they’d moderately keep in jail for a 12 months or till they may resolve a Rubik’s dice, Jack bragging about how he might stand on one foot for hours, them discovering rancid meat of their fridge, Lisa asking Jack to clarify the foundations of chess.
I simply—I liked their completely pleasant friendship, and I did not see that coming.
That’s the story of The Circle Season 2, and actually The Circle on the entire. Similar to with Season 1, I believe all of us went into this season anticipating it to be one factor and it finally proved to be one thing else completely. Fortunately that “one thing else” was one other season that reminds us that there could also be extra that unites us than divides us. This present retains catfishing me, however—similar to the gamers on the present—I ain’t mad about it.