Still funny, satisfying and laced with themes about the competitive entertainment industry, Samantha! season 2 pips its predecessor.
The first season of Samantha! locked its appeal by playing with the theme of the growing need for superficiality in the entertainment industry and the impending pressure social media places on your career, while at the same time protecting your image and integrity. Samantha! Season 2 plays with the same vein, with the lead character (Emanuelle Araújo) determined to fight for an accurate portrayal of herself.
And like it’s previous season, Samantha! is all about the comedy in the Brazillian Netflix series, offering the satire of fame, and the toxic environment you need to embrace to continue climbing the ladder. Season 2 opens up with a “tell-all” book about Samantha, which has been given the rights to be made in to a film; of course ironically, Samantha stated they would never make a film about her unless it were on her own terms – the pressure ramps up on the female lead character, as she is facing a more aggressive industry than ever.
But there is a sense in Samantha! season 2 that she no longer wants to be seen as that little girl anymore that graced the TV screens in her extravagant outfits. The series makes a point early on that even the younger version of herself was daunted by the fact that the songs were signalling that she will be a young girl forever, Samantha has sealed her relationship with Dodói (Douglas Silva), given her more freedom to pursue her dreams, which was something lacking for the character in season 1, as she was tasked with raising the children on her own.
Samantha! season 2 presents opportunism at its finest, with an often comedic undertone, and well-written irony placed in the script. For instance, one of the stories involves the likable character’s attempt to “try out” feminism, which is strange, because she spent most of the first season fighting for the values of a woman, especially when it came to her children. There are other opportunistic plot points, where it portrays the savagery of the entertainment industry and Samantha having to attend a party with Dodói to try and impress an experimental theatre director.
Samantha is still trying to overcome her childhood in season 2, and keeping that theme works in its favour. I didn’t think there would be an appetite for a second season, but there’s a character here that relates well to her Brazillian audiences that may generate a third. Samantha! season 2 is a satisfying watch, just pipping the opening season.
Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.