Review: “Euphoria” season 2

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Julia Hanson, A&E Editor

For myself and many American teenagers, the “Euphoria” series is the sole reason my family has an HBO Max subscription. It’s the kind of show that trying to explain the plot to someone who hasn’t seen it makes you sound crazy for watching such a twisted show. The first season aired in 2019, and season 2 had weekly episode releases through Jan. and Feb. “Euphoria” follows the drug-addicted teen, Rue (Zendaya), and her classmates as they navigate drugs and drama. It’s also the reason I’ve excitedly awaited Sunday nights this past winter. 

Viewers last saw Rue in season 1 when she was filled with disappointment because her girlfriend, Jules (Hunter Shafer), decided against running away with her. This triggered Rue’s relapse, despite the advice from her wise mentor, Ali (Colman Domingo). 

Season 2 starts off with getting to know Fezco (Angus Cloud), a teenage drug dealer in the L.A. suburbs. Despite his soft, droopy eyes and long eyelashes, Fez means business and is not afraid to take violent measures. However, viewers know him as a multi-dimensional character who is a good friend to Rue and a kind partner to Lexi (Maude Apatow) in their conspiring relationship. From what I can see on social media, fans ship the couple and love Fez even more after season 2. 

What “Euphoria” creators did best was creating characters that as viewers, you both love and hate. Watchers can agree on a strong hate for Nate (Jacob Elordi) but pity him for the role his father has played in his life. Rue becomes destructive, choosing drugs over all her relationships. However, as “Euphoria” is narrated through her mind and reasoning, viewers are on her side. The creation of these complex characters is what brings viewers back every Sunday. 

As a fan of his music, I was excited to see Dominic Fike play “Euphoria”’s new character, Elliot. Elliot is spunky, kind-hearted, deep, and easy-going. I just want to be friends with him. Elliot automatically befriends Rue as they bond over drugs. Despite his drug use, he is an innocent character who is down to earth and honest. 


My favorite part of the whole season was the intro to episode 4. Rue explains how her love for Jules is indescribable. Then, the pair is put into pop-culture iconic couples like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera– symbolizing their passionate, on and off relationship. Another was John Lennon and Yoko Ono, which also shows their controversial, imperfect dynamic. The list goes on, but I thought this was absolutely genius and beautiful in the way they depicted the allusions. It may have gone over some people’s heads, but for those who understood, it was impactful. 

There is not a character in “Euphoria” that I am able to despise. Well, maybe Nate. I truly believe this show is brilliant– the type of brilliant where you could watch it in English class to analyze the rhetoric, metaphors, and character development. Never falling short or disappointing me, “Euphoria” is the show of the decade and I expect it to continue to be iconic for years to come.