‘Only Murders in the Building’ returns for second murderous season
Just under a year after its critically acclaimed first season, “Only Murders in the Building” (2021–) returned with a new murder mystery this summer. With a hugely talented cast led by Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, the Hulu Original continues to entertain audiences with an impressive mix of comedy and mystery.
In the first season, TV actor Charles-Haden Savage (Martin), Broadway director Oliver Putnam (Short) and young artist Mabel Mora (Gomez) team up to create a podcast about a true crime after a death. mysterious in their Upper West Side apartment building. . Despite their differences, the socially awkward Charles, the self-centered Oliver and the mysterious Mabel form an unlikely bond. The Season 1 finale provides a setup for this year’s story, as the building’s chairman of the board, Bunny Folger (Jayne Houdyshell), is murdered and the three amateur sleuths find themselves framed for the crime.
As with any show that comes off a successful first season, “Only Murders” faces the challenge of living up to the success of its first season. Season 1 established the chemistry and comedic talents of the show’s protagonists, as well as a well-constructed thriller set in a vibrant New York setting. Despite the story’s high stakes, the series never takes itself too seriously, with meta-jokes about how hard it is to pull off a highly anticipated sequel.
Co-created by Steve Martin, “Only Murders” pokes fun at the public’s obsession with true crime as the three leads attempt to solve the murders that take place in their building, reporting their findings as they go. podcast, also called “Only Murders”. in the building.” The building in question is the Arconia, a fictional Manhattan resort where most of the series’ events take place. The interior of the luxurious building is intricately designed, with elegant apartments that complement the personality The costumes are also colorful and eye-catching, allowing the characters to stand out in the fast-paced world around them.
Of course, the show would be nothing without its cast. Comedy legends Martin and Short find moments of humor in every scene, and Gomez balances them with an impressive deadpan delivery. The show’s universe is populated by quirky supporting characters, many of whom are played by talented comedic actors like Tina Fey, Jane Lynch and Nathan Lane (who recently won his first Primetime Emmy for his guest performance in Season 1) . Several fascinating new characters are introduced in Season 2, including Alice Banks (Cara Delevingne), a love interest of Mabel, and Nina Lin (Christine Ko), Arconia’s new board chair.
The show’s dialogue is sharper than ever, especially in the conversations between Charles and Oliver that allow veteran actors to show off their physique and comedic timing. The show’s cross-generational humor is enhanced starting in season 1, as the writers find new ways to highlight the cultural differences between Mabel and her elderly neighbors. Season 2 also delves deeper into the lives of the show’s protagonists and teaches us more about their families, their stories, and their relationships with each other. We even get a glimpse into the personal lives of some supporting characters, like murder victim Bunny Folger and cat lover Howard Morris, in moments that expand the show’s world. If anything, this season spends a little too much time on character studies, forcing viewers to remember where they left off in the ongoing murder mystery. Nonetheless, Season 2 features a thriller that allows viewers to speculate with the characters as they get closer to identifying Bunny’s killer.
One of the highlights of “Only Murders” is its music, composed by Siddhartha Khosla. Khosla’s music matches the series’ whimsical vibes, while more dramatic moments are marked with suspense. The show has one of the catchiest theme songs on TV, and the intro is always fun to watch, with hidden clues that point to future reveals in the story.
Although season 2 sometimes strayed from the mystery at the heart of its story, the final episodes are full of twists and turns that will leave viewers waiting for the big reveal. The payoff comes in the season finale, culminating in an unexpected twist that’s definitely worth the wait. And just like season 1, the final episode provides a setup for next season, making the opening night of Oliver’s new Broadway play the scene of the crime and its lead actor (Paul Rudd) the victim. The true crime of “Only Murders” has us waiting until next year to find out what happens next.