Modern Love: Season Two
The textbook definition of the Modern Love series is that it’s an anthology about love, based on the New York Times’ column. This second instalment to the much-acclaimed release can be summed up in its own words: “In a relationship, you choose to be with someone who is inherently living in their own reality”. The show explores concepts of coming to terms with one’s identity, navigating through a significant other’s illness, reconnecting after a divorce, moving on and the line between friendship and romance, amongst other things.
Every episode has its own story to tell, and the style and techniques used coincide with each story. For example, The Night Girl Finds a Day Boy and A Life Plan for Two, Followed by One both use narration to mimic the cadence of fairy tales. This becomes significant to the plot of these two episodes as parallels are drawn between the relationships formed and the lessons learned. How Do You Remember Me? recounts how two different people remember an encounter. Presented through a change in the lighting, angle and costume for each scene, a contrast is created that signifies the alternating perception of memories. These also highlight the emotions felt by the characters, whilst visually showcasing the passage of time.
There is a sort of uniformity in the overall series. For one, Modern Love has a good track record of satisfying endings. It provides resolutions and acceptance while still leaving everything open enough for future interpretations. It welcomes hope, new beginnings and possible happy endings. There is also the use of neutral filters with just a hint of warmth, elucidating the fact that while there is nothing too extraordinary about these specific stories, they are still worth sharing.
Finally, although few and far in between, the soundscape for this season is very calm, with perfectly fitting lyrics in the soundtrack that set just the right mood when needed. The music uplifts hearts and highlights the sadness in struggles and pitfalls. Each episode has its own unique playlist that pairs well with the plot but remains cohesive overall. The best parts are the quiet moments — and there are a lot of quiet moments. These instants enhance the emotions felt by the characters. The rarity of music paired with the resonant silence creates a peaceful sense of contentment after each chapter.
Modern Love: Season Two is released on Amazon Prime Video on 13th August 2021.
Watch the trailer for Modern Love: Season Two here: