For my review of the first season, click the following link: Season 1
Here’s the cast. Starring, we have Paris Berelc (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of) and Isabel May (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of).
In support, we have Jolie Jenkins (1 episode of 2 BROKE GIRLS [2011 – 2017]) Emery Kelly (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of), Eddie Shin (PEPPERMINT ), Finn Carr (FULLER HOUSE [2016 – ongoing]), and Tiffani Thiessen (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of).
The series creator and co-writer is Heather Wordham, known for 1 episode of REBA (2001 – 2007). Wordham’s partners-in-pen are Todd Linden (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of) and Erin Wagoner (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of). Finally the series editor is Kirk Benson, known for AMERICAN DAD! (2005 – ongoing) and KING OF THE HILL (1997 – 2010).
This is my honest opinion of: ALEXA & KATIE, Season 2
Alexa (Paris Berelc) and Katie (Isabel May) have entered their sophomore year of high school and things are already looking up. Alexa’s cancer continues to be in remission and Katie has been chosen to go to London to study acting with her school crush, Ryan (Nathaniel J. Potvin), but has to pay off a $2,000 tuition, which her mom, Jennifer (Jolie Jenkins), can’t pay for. Katie starts working for her favorite cafe, Wired, in secret before the deadline to turn in the money, and Lucas (Emery Kelly) starts dating Gwenny (Kerri Medders), much to both Alexa and Katie’s dismay.
Yet again, this show, which I am not the target demographic of, was very much entertained by this follow-up season.
While I can’t say that I remember the first season all that well, I do remember being amused, especially by the adults. That’s not to say that the lead actresses didn’t do a good job for what they had, but I do remember a couple of episodes that annoyed me. In fact, if memory serves, there’s a pair of episodes that were basically carbon copies of each other, except for role reversal where now it’s the other girl that has the same problem as the other girl had in a previous episode, and learns the same lesson by the end of it. This season didn’t have that problem. At least, not nearly two that extends which wasn’t that bad to begin with. Here, I think the worst part of the season was Lucas, and even that’s a little nitpicky.
The true strength of this season is, weirdly enough, Alexa and Katie. I don’t know what it is, but the comedy out of them was really good. And not just their comedy, but also their friendship. They’re goofy and weird, but shamelessly loyal to one another and doing so much to show their support. Sure, that was present in the previous season, but it’s really amped up here. You know what it is? I identify with their level of weirdness. It’s reminiscent of my own weirdness with my own best friend. We’re annoying, obnoxious, hyper, energetic, among many other things that we even let leak out into public. I love my best friend like the brother I never had and feel like this friendship in this show reflects that.
But that’s all personal. Let’s keep me focused and talk about the characters. For one, I think Katie is particularly well written this season. While she was kind of awkward in the first one, she has a pretty respectable arc. Because her London trip costs so much money and knows that her mom won’t be able to pay for it, her response is to get a job. At fifteen or sixteen years old, that’s pretty impressive. Especially with as much spunk and determination that she has. I don’t think it’s very realistic that she maintains that gumption for months on end, as anyone working the guest service industry gets jaded eventually. They may be able to masterfully hide it, but they’d still be jaded. In fact, one of my favorite episodes is episode 4, “Tryouts and Latte Doubts.” Katie encounters a particularly unreasonable guest in the form of Ruby (Katherine Tokarz), who oozes with white privilege. She spouts stuff like “the usual,” without realizing or caring that someone new is working. As someone who works in the guest service industry, I wish companies would train new employees to defend themselves against entitled guests who don’t have any semblance of humanity. If I was working for Wired and I saw Katie on the verge of tears, I would have ripped Ruby a new one. I really want to use curse words for this, but in the spirit of the show’s rating and intended audience, I won’t. But believe me, in real life, I’d let my sailor mouth fly on her. Oh yeah, NC-17 stuff. I’d make Quentin Tarantino blush. Point is, I’m so proud to see Katie stand up for herself. Lord knows I’d be fired from my day job if I did that. And icing on this cake of satisfaction, her boss, Barry (Scott Wordham), stands up for Katie and kicks Ruby out. Bar none, Katie is my favorite character this time around.
There are only two episodes that I don’t like. Eh… one and a half. Ironically, despite Katie being great in “Tryouts and Latte Doubts,” Alexa was especially unlikable. Her doctor tells her that she can try out for basketball, but when she does, she’s surprised and somehow angry that she’s not as good as she used to be. I mean, she hasn’t kept up with exercising her muscles, her fitness has likely declined from being bedridden… yeah, big shock! Why did she get all complain-y? This should have been a no-brainer. But nope, surviving cancer isn’t good enough and she needed a little cancer girl to remind her of how lucky she is. So dumb.
Also, I didn’t like Lucas in episode 6, “Shop ‘Till You Cry.” Lucas randomly breaks up with Gwenny because he misinterprets a conversation she was having with Alexa and “breaks up with her first.” Yeah, that stupid thing. I know Lucas is meant to be an idiot, but this wasn’t fun or likable in his character. Also, the whole point of the two of them being together is that she’s a good influence on him. Sure, they eventually get back together, but this was pretty forced.
Overall, I think the show had a solid second season. I had more than a few laughs, and I continue to be charmed by both Berelc and May, as well as the adults. It’s not meant for my demographic, but I had enough fun for what it was.
My honest rating for ALEXA & KATIE, Season 2: 4/5