Loot: Maya Rudolph Charms In Apple's Second Season

Loot Image. Image Credit to Apple TV+.
Loot Image. Image Credit to Apple TV+. /

When Loot premiered, it asked a nearly impossible task from the audience: to empathize and sympathize with a blissfully ignorant billionaire, completely unaware of the struggles that those facing financial hardship undergo on a daily basis.

However, with the show taking the comical route and Maya Rudolph in the main character role, Loot was able to create a fun balance between Molly Wells' ignorance and the comedy that comes from Molly entering the workplace without any real experience.

Season two pushes forward on a more focused path for Molly and her co-workers, as the series establishes a stronger tone in its second year. Following the big reveal at the conclusion of season one, Molly continues her strive to give away all of her money in an act to follow through on her belief that billionaires should not exist.

The second season has its highs and lows, like any other series, as it tries a little too hard in some areas. When the storylines and writing may seem like they are not entirely working in the show's favor, it still knows how to lean hard onto its charming and funny cast to keep the episodes afloat.

Molly, portrayed brilliantly by Maya Rudolph, is given the chance to push the envelope of wanting to build a better future through her new program, Space For Everyone, while the series continues to question whether or not the show's central will-they-won't-they duo, Molly and Arthur, will actually take the plunge.

Sophia's determined personality also gains a new sense of vulnerability as Loot explores how Sophia responds to a different set of more personal circumstances. Nicholas is also given a more sturdy approach, allowing the character a broader understanding of his background. Howard is also allowed to explore different aspects of his interests.

Loot works to keep the charm and identity of the show intact, as it strives to make billionaire Molly a protagonist to root for, even if her circumstances are not exactly relatable to the average person. Granted, Loot never tries to be anything more than a fun and quirky comedy, avoiding opportunities to dive deeper into things such as the financial gap between Molly and her co-workers or how different financial circumstances influence people's views on the world around them.

Its conclusion, while an interesting potential set up for a third season, does not pack the same punch or shock value that comes from Molly's big decision at the end of the first season. However, it's decision to focus on what could be next steps for its characters, rather than being led by the narrative, shows Loot's decision to primarily base its cliffhangers on characters and their relationships to each other, rather than throwing in a random twist to make things interesting.

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