Devi’s friends become entangled in her hijinks once again (Picture: Isabelle B Vosmikova/Netflix)
Season 2 of Mindy Kaling’s Never Have I Ever proves exactly why the series is a favourite among Netflix viewers, delivering even more heart and humour than before as the teenage protagonist gets up to her typical mischief.
When Never Have I Ever premiered last year, it instantly attracted a large fanbase, with newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan winning over audiences with her fearless yet vulnerable performance as Indian-American high schooler Devi Vishwakumar.
The show, which was co-created by The Office star Mindy and is peculiarly narrated by former tennis star John McEnroe, follows Devi as she strives to boost her social standing among her peers following the sudden death of her father, resulting in her developing romances with school stud Paxton (Darren Barnet) and her academic rival Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison).
With her best friends Fabiola Torres (Lee Rodriguez) and Eleanor Wong (Ramona Young) at her side, the second season opens with Devi deciding to embark on a tricky and morally questionable mission – to date both Paxton and Ben at the same time without either of them knowing.
A teenager juggling two boyfriends at the same high school… what could possibly go wrong?
As can be expected, Devi’s plan to pull off being a player before moving to India with her family does not go as smoothly as planned, leading to many cringeworthy bumps in the road.
When did two-timing ever turn out badly? (Picture: Isabella B Vosmikova/Netflix)
However, underneath the light-hearted humour of the series, Devi’s mishaps feed into the core message of Never Have I Ever – that when you make a mistake, you can learn and grow from it, no matter how awkward that process might be.
The start of Never Have I Ever season two follows on seamlessly from the first, matching the previous episodes’ level of humour and drama.
However, midway through the new series, it does feel as though there is a turning point, where the audacity of Devi’s escapades and the poignancy of her tale are turned up a notch.
This coincides with the introduction of a new Indian-American student at her school, Aneesa (Megan Suri), who Devi instantly feels threatened by, despite her charming and friendly demeanour.
Devi’s mum Nalini and cousin Kamala have several scene-stealing moments (Picture: Courtesy of Netflix)
While some of Devi’s antics may leave fans screaming at their screens, they won’t be able to tear their eyes away as they watch her messy drama unfold, prompting viewers of all ages to recall just how complicated and embarrassing being a teenager could be.
As well as delivering on the tear-jerking front, the new series is also an empowering watch, as Devi’s mother Dr Nalini Vishwakumar (Poorna Jagannathan) and cousin Kamala (Richa Moorjani) each demonstrate their strength and fortitude in trying situations.
Never Have I Ever manages the rare feat of effortlessly striking the balance between comedy and drama, weaving heartfelt storylines into a tale that will leave viewers grinning from ear to ear.
Verdict on Never Have I Ever season 2
As with the majority of high school tales, Never Have I Ever season two does have its fair share of corny moments.
Nonetheless, this feeds into the light-heartedness of the show that makes it such an enjoyable and heartwarming watch.
Fans will be yearning for more after watching the 10 new episodes, so it definitely seems as though a third season should be on the cards, even though it’s yet to be officially announced.
Anyone who attended high school will be able to remember how the smallest misstep could make you feel like your entire world had been turned upside down in an instant.
While some of the scenarios in Never Have I Ever are more farfetched than others, on the whole, the show offers a relatable insight into teenage life that is extremely difficult to achieve.
We sense – and hope – that Devi’s story is far from over.
Never Have I Ever season two launches on Netflix on Thursday July 15.Credit: Original article published here.