‘Dickinson’ Season 2 review: Hailee Steinfeld comedy-drama continues to be as funny as it is messy

The Apple TV+ collection is an insightful, but hilarious tackle the coming-of-age story of the American poet, as she navigates by means of problems with recognition and fame

The characters in season two of Dickinson discover fame, self-worth and objective, whereas the writers determine the steadiness between biography and fiction. The primary season launched us to Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld), the off-beat, non-adherent younger poet, her household and life in Amherst, Massachusetts. The present gained recognition for its trendy sensibility and depraved humour with up to date music enjoying within the background, as the characters use on a regular basis lingo to talk with one another.

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A lot of this is evident within the second season in an much more intense and chaotic vogue, however we won’t spoil that an excessive amount of for you. Followers of the poet would discover a lot of her poems and verses featured within the present, as a part of the narration and dialogues, rightfully paying homage to Emily Dickinson. Whereas some would possibly argue that the portrayal of the historic figures are extra fictional than factual, the present is undoubtedly extra entertaining for it.

Within the first season, Emily spends most of her time pursuing her ardour for poetry when she is not professing her love for Sue Gilbert (Ella Hunt), Emily’s finest pal who later turns into her sister-in-law. She is in awe of the world that exists exterior the confines of her house the place her father intends on retaining her. She yearns for information and recognition, each of which her father disapproves of. The brand new season brings inner conflicts and doubts to Emily, and all the chance and hope she was as soon as determined for now appears under-whelming and complicated.

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Emily’s relationship with Sue is messy and turbulent, however rooted of their mutual love and understanding of one another. Sue Gilbert goes from being Emily’s finest pal, secret lover and the only real admirer of her poems, to hostess of luxurious soirées who develops a style for the lavish way of life. She, too, explores fame and recognition whereas dealing with fixed strain from her partner over her duties as a spouse. Lavinia’s (Anna Baryshnikov) plotline is by far probably the most entertaining. With Henry Shipley (Pico Alexander) on her tail continuously asking for her hand in marriage, Lavinia tries to wake the insurgent inside her.

Austin Dickinson (Adrian Enscoe) is now a associate in his father’s enterprise and yearns to develop into a household man. After shifting proper subsequent door to his childhood house, Austin tries onerous to persuade Sue to develop their household. He faces resistance from Sue which causes a riff between the pair. Austin additionally creates a trigger for concern for his father who is nervous that he might need overestimated his son’s dexterity as a businessman. In the meantime, Henry and Emily Norcross (Jane Krakowski) too face marriage points.

On this trendy re-telling of a queer poet’s story, the place nearly all of the characters are white, Henry’s storyline provides the viewers a lot to look ahead to. Launched as the Dickinson’s employed hand, Henry’s journey addresses racism in a manner that is not solely traditionally correct however (sadly) related to the fashionable day. Including to Emily’s bewilderment is Samuel Bowles, the editor of the Springfield Republican, who reveals curiosity in Emily’s poetry and performs quick and free along with her.

The present additionally brags of witty humour unrestricted by the characters’ relevance or significance to the scenes. Irish home assist Maggie is fast along with her hilarious remarks making her presence completely pleasant. Dickinson additionally has its personal model of the Imply Ladies! Sure, they’re a trio. And sure, they’re clichéd, but additionally insanely entertaining.


The primary 4 episodes within the second season present nice promise of being simply as entertaining as the primary instalment of the collection, if no more. The quirky title sequences, upbeat music, and modern-day parlance guarantee a particularly entertaining half-hour, leaving the viewers wanting extra.

Dickinson is funny, insightful, and unabashedly wild, but additionally complicated at instances. The sub-plots peak at depth, solely to finish abruptly, leaving us wanting a closure. But, it manages to maintain the viewers’ consideration by means of the trials and tribulations of discovering its tone.

Season 2 of Dickinson is at the moment streaming on Apple TV+ with new episodes each Friday


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