Trinkets season 2 review – the final instalment signs off in respect and style

August 24, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

Trinkets season 2 finds a way to encourage the audience to support the characters more than ever in their final outing — it feels too soon.

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3.5

Summary

Trinkets season 2 finds a way to encourage the audience to support the characters more than ever in their final outing — it feels too soon.

This review of Netflix’s Trinkets season 2 contains no spoilers. The second instalment of the teen drama will be released on the platform on Aug 24th, 2020.

We recapped every episode — check out the archive.


The unique selling point for the audience was the trio of leading female teens — their flavourful and dysfunctional dynamic feels young and realistic. Teen dramas often follow linear objectives — a guide to how teen life should look. Trinkets simplifies a typical friendship group and does not succumb to overdramatising the events they experience, while somehow managing to maintain the quirkiness between them. The Netflix series is like an extra tasty ice cream without unnecessary toppings.

It is surprising that Trinkets season 2 manages to maintain that simplicity despite the plentiful of dramas thrown at the young women. Season 2 provides a more complicated series of events for the audience — testing out the characters sincerely as they navigate challenges that seem to evolve aggressively. Elodie is touring with her narcissistic “girlfriend”, while her friends are enjoying the fruits of their new relationships — however, what is overhanging the group like a murky cloud is the drowned car and the ever-lurking and abusive Brady.

Plenty of newer themes are thrown at the characters in season 2 but centralizing the plot is this belief that the young girls are no longer in control. Trinkets compounds the trio with further problems as each episode passes. The writers place viewers on a journey where there’s an expectation where you hope the characters get a grip on their priorities. The story seems to veer closer to female empowerment as it progresses; specific plot points develop and it becomes a monster within itself. Trinkets season 2 finds a way to encourage the audience to support the characters more than ever in their final outing — it feels too soon.

And what’s noticeable in the second installment more than in the first season is that the leading women do not seem to conform to any kind of group at school. They do not position themselves with the cool kids — they are their own identities and it’s a resounding message for the younger kids of today to not feel the need to obey specific social characteristics — another selling point: “Be yourself”.

Running through the themes; Netflix’s Trinkets season 2 conveys sisterhood, the pains of teen relationships, and emotional and physical abuse — like the first season, the story provides an important LGBTQ narrative as well. But none of these themes feels forced or unnecessary — it’s naturally implemented and implied without choking the viewer with surfaced dialogue.

When audiences leave season 2, there will be this sense that a third installment is needed despite the fact this has been stamped as the final installment. It’s highly doubtful that Trinkets will ever outbox the likes of Sex Education or Love, Victor but it’s a respectable series that will have longevity as long as the writers have the energy to continue furthering these wonderful characters. That’s not a hint, it’s more of a statement that maybe Netflix should try to reconsider ending Trinkets here.


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