The Bear season two
When we last left Carmy (Jeremy Allen White) and his staff at the end of season one, they’d closed their small family restaurant The Beef to make way for The Bear. The second season picks up with the group getting ready to open their dream establishment. However, they soon come to realise that their six-month timeframe for opening is financially unworkable, and they must therefore expedite their timeline to a ludicrous degree if they have any hope of seeing their restaurant open.
Although the ovens are off, the heat is still on as a never-ending cycle of new problems keeps up the pressure. And while a good chunk of the second season’s first four episodes centre around the chaotic renovation led by Richie (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), most of this show takes place outside the confines of the kitchen. The fourth episode even takes place in a different country, as it follows pastry chef Marcus (Lionel Boyce) hone his craft in Copenhagen from an accomplished chef played by Will Poulter. This departure from the familiar kitchen setting makes creator Christopher Storer’s The Bear a different kind of beast this time around. However, this season is nevertheless more of what made Storer’s show so spectacular to begin with – excellent soundtrack included.
Amongst all the screaming in stressful work environments, the series’ focus was primarily on the human connections between each of the characters. The latest season doesn’t just keep the spotlight fixed on the smaller moments; it amplifies them. The script doesn’t waste any time in setting the intimate tone by opening with a quiet scene of Marcus tending to his dying mother in hospital. These little moments are made all the better by the stellar cast who once again put their all into their respective roles. White still shines as the weary-eyed Carmy, but the character takes steps back a little here to give more room to the likes of Boyce and Ayo Edebiri, who plays Sydney, the newly appointed co-head chef, and the series is much better for it.
Serving up more great food and humour, alongside a larger helping of touching character moments, season two of The Bear is more of what viewers loved, albeit with a slightly different presentation.
The Bear season two is released on Disney+ on 19th July 2023.
Watch the trailer for The Bear season two here: