DVD Review: Shameless Season Two
If I had to pick one thing that made Shameless such a great show, it would have to be William H. Macy’s role as Frank Gallagher. It’s not a role that is likely to win you any friends, but it’s a role that Macy nails with a disturbing ease. You see, Frank Gallagher is the most despicable excuse for a human being you could possibly imaging. But it’s Macy’s portrayal of Frank the his dysfunctional family that made Season One such a blast. The deeply dark comedies laugh out loaf moments were only made more surreal by the amount of sex contained in the season.
And with a cliff hanger ending, Season Two couldn’t come soon enough.
Now that it has come, things are a lot different. Frank is still a bastard. Even more so if that’s possible. Well it must be, because he sinks too all new lows in this season. But the darkness is more derelict than funny this time around, and as if to punctuate the disturbingly serious time of the season, there’s a lot less sex to ease the pain.
That’s not to say that Season Two isn’t funny. It is. It just seems to want to have a social conscience at the same time and tackle some serious issues, taking the Gallagher family to breaking point over and over again.
At times it’s like watching a train wreak in slow motion. You don’t want to watch but it’s just too damned fascinating not to.
In Season One, it was easy to cheer for eldest daughter Fiona, the glue that holds the family together, but in Season Two, the pressure seems to be getting to her – and why shouldn’t it – you want to still be on her side, but you’re not sure she deserves your support. Different characters and family members via for your love, but it’s such a roller-coaster ride that you’ll constantly changing your mind as to who is the good person.
The ride, no matter how bumpy is still a good one, and by the time the credits roll on the last episode, you’ll be enamored once again with the complex lives of the Gallaher’s that you’ll be hanging out for the next season to roll out on DVD.
R16 Violence, offensive language, drug use, sex scenes & content that may disturb.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read