It’s short, sweet, but worth every bit of your time.
This review of Hulu’s This Way Up season 2 does not contain spoilers – the second season will be released on the streaming service on July 9, 2021.
Rip away the story completely, and the reason this series works is because of the delightful Aisling Bea, who is fast becoming one of the best comedy actors in our generation. Coupled with Sharon Horgan and their take on their respective characters, who are sisters living completely different lives, you are embarking on a hilarious sisterhood story that does not last long enough.
Season 2 is a direct continuation; Aine is battling with her new lease of life while embracing a potential, but slightly forbidden romance, while Shona is grappling with incoming marriage, maintaining a business venture while desperately trying to keep the temptations of her lesbian affair with Charlotte at bay. The sibling story is less about the seriousness of the themes yet manages to slide them in with ease, with naturalistic comedy that often feels improvised.
The Way Up season 2 encapsulates the awkward adult life crisis, where you are just as closer to succeeding in your preferred environment as you are to limbo. Aine and Shona represent lost souls, aimlessly trying to navigate the awkwardness of their potential demise while at the same time humoring every situation that comes their way. The sisters are similar but opposites simultaneously, and the actors can be applauded for their terrific on-screen chemistry.
Of course, like many productions, this Hulu series does attach itself to the Covid-19 pandemic, with various references to the incoming crisis. It’s better to recognize it than usher it away, but I sincerely hope that the impact on the industry doesn’t cancel this series. We need more Aisling Bea, singing with her counterpart and giving off that Irish tinge.
So yes, season 2 deserves your attention. It’s short, sweet, but worth every bit of your time.