The first season of David Makes Man is one of my favorite tv seasons ever. The story felt realistic without being a bummer, heartfelt without being schmaltzy, and deep without being self indulgent. The drop in quality between the first and second season is so steep it seems like there mustThe first season of David Makes Man is one of my favorite tv seasons ever. The story felt realistic without being a bummer, heartfelt without being schmaltzy, and deep without being self indulgent. The drop in quality between the first and second season is so steep it seems like there must be mitigating circumstances. When I heard that the second season is set 15 years after the first - David, 14 in the first season, is now 29 - I was excited to see what kind of man he became. Unfortunately, the answer is: a poorly written man. At the beginning of the story, David is working for an urban development company and leading a project to “redevelop” (read: replace with condos) the housing project where he grew up, Homestead Village. However, I was never sure why he was doing that. The show indicates that he might want to destroy his childhood home because of the trauma he experienced in season 1, but I don’t know if this is true because David never talks about his feelings re Homestead Village. Mostly he just goes around saying the development will be “good for everyone” (again, why? He knows that’s not true). At one point he says he wants to climb the ladder at his company so he’s eventually in a position to do more good, but this never pays off (and it seems like there are other ways he could accomplish this which don’t involve destroying his childhood home). I think this show wants to make a political statement about how some people who grew up in poverty abandon their roots after they become successful. But the show isn’t clear or focused enough to pull this off. Part of the reason the redevelopment plot is so underdeveloped is that the show is also trying to pull off 800 different subplots. There are at least 3 subplots about David’s brother (the best part of the series), who became a cop. There’s a subplot about the conflict between his mom and a neighbor. There’s a subplot about a minor character in season 1 who’s losing her memory. There’s a subplot about David’s brother’s teenage daughter. It’s exhausting. The show is too scattered for the tension to build or events to come to a head. Things just happen. Worst of all, the show is constantly flashing back to season 1 to show that the events of the past are influencing the events of the present. It’s done so much that it’s distracting, and feels like a crutch (instead of showing how David feels about the past, we’ll just cut back to it all the time!) Theoretically I like the idea of showing how the trauma David experienced in season 1 effects him later in life, but this just felt lazy and forced. Lastly, there are a couple of obvious continuity errors. In season 1, David is 14 and his brother is 9 (maybe 10 at the end of the season). In season 2, his brother has a daughter in eighth grade. HOW? His wife says she got pregnant while he was in the police academy, which doesn’t work unless he was a 12 year old cadet. This is the most glaring error, but I noticed a few others too. Did no one proofread this?
Such a disappointment. Seriously, what happened here?