TV Review: The Bold Type (Season 2)
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The second season of The Bold Type finished its run this week after ten more fun, fashion and friendship filled episodes with our favourite Scarlet employees, Jane, Sutton and Kat. The show returned with a new showrunner this year and you could definitely tell, as the stories were even bolder than the year before, delving into white privilege, Kat's racial identity, gun control, Plan B and all sorts of other important topics. Image from Vulture.com The season starts off in a strange place because of course, Jane isn't working for Scarlet anymore, but this does make for some interesting new storylines, as it felt often in the first season. The stories of the week at Scarlet mostly revolved around Jane and whatever she was writing at the time and it felt like this season Sutton and Kat got more of a chance to shine at work. Sutton's career journey this season was particularly gratifying as we get to watch her excel as Oliver's assistant, culminating in her lifelong dream of going to Paris Fashion Week at the end of the season. It was so wonderful to get to watch her grow in that way. We get to see Kat in more of a leadership role this season as the new head of Social Media and it was definitely interesting to see how she stepped into that role and made more than a few waves whilst doing so! Jane is unemployed for a large portion of the season, having burned her bridges at Incite after a damning TV interview. Jane being Jane doesn't exactly deal with it very well. Her freelance gigs do however bring a new relationship into the picture as she gets together with the subject of one of her articles, cute Australian doctor Ben Chau and it is lovely to see that relationship develop through the season. Jane's unemployment also brings back Pinstripe as she runs into him in the cafe where she is writing and this kind of starts an awkward confidant type relationship, which of course comes to a head by the series end - Jane's life can't be drama free for long! After Kat's biracial identity being barely mentioned last season, the new showrunners decided to dive in headfirst, first with an episode where we meet Kat's parents and delve a little bit more into her backstory to understand why she doesn't really talk about her race. Her parents essentially raised her to not think about it, because her dad didn't want her to grow up like he did and her mum found it painful when other people thought she wasn't her daughter). That was really gratifying to see and then later in the season, when Jane gets passed over for a job for diversity reasons, we get a really great discussion about white privilege (including Kat acknowledging her own privilege) and see Kat using her newfound power for good as she hires Angie, a black woman with no college degree but a great social media presence for her team.
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