ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING: SEASON TWO
Starring: Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez
Creators: John Hoffman and Steve Martin
Season Two of Only Murders in the Building continues what it does best while also giving more depth to the main cast, especially Selena Gomez’s Mabel. Steve-Martin-Short (yes, I did it again) are as funny as ever, but aren’t shortchanged to make room for Mabel’s story. Similarly, the supporting cast isn’t sidelined for the main trio. In getting more from every character on screen, the mystery is actually more meaningful. And although there are some B-plots that don’t work as well, they don’t get enough screen time to be distracting. Residents of The Arconia better lookout because I’m ready for the next murder.
In its second season, Only Murders in the Building features many of the things that made Season One a delight: excellent cast chemistry, an elegant score, and charming mockery. It also adds in a great self-aware meta component. That said, the story tries to do too much, with subplots that often don’t go anywhere. Generally speaking, those subplots prioritize character development over the murder mystery, which…it’s fine. Still, while I wouldn’t call it a sophomore slump, it wasn’t quite as good this season. Admittedly, that could have more to do with increased expectations after the surprising first season than an actual reduction in quality.
Only Murders In The Building’s second season features a lot of what made the first season so great. Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez remain an absurdly entertaining trio, with Gomez especially getting more to do this season. Plus, the writing is still hilariously smart, featuring a good blend of character drama and a witty murder mystery. That said, while the actual reveal didn’t completely shock me, it worked just well enough. Quite frankly, I can’t wait for the next murder… I mean season.