Rachel left the show a year earlier after suffering a massive breakdown triggered in large part by what she is required to do.She returned without really resolving those issues, because she needed the job and because her ex-boyfriend Jeremy (Josh Kelly) still works there.Its supercharged second season, which premieres Monday night, slams our moment’s hottest topics into a blender and hits frappe.The resulting concoction, made of election dynamics, confederate flags, Black Lives Matter, football, diversity, gender norms, voyeurism, narcissism, hedonism, nihilism, cruelty, manipulation, and mental illness is like a juice fast created by a demon: It looks great, tastes better, and tears you apart from the inside, leaving you gutted—which is a brutal kind of cleansed. Rachel is an uncanny empath who simultaneously despises manipulating reality TV contestants and lives for it. problem, one inspired by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman."Our show," she says, "is about how that product works. How do you make real people act out the parts and roles you want? "There's something deeply cynical about the whole game. " In the case of Rachel and Quinn, that's not particularly hard to see.
Minutes into the new season, we see Rachel having sex and moaning about her latest accomplishment: “It was me! It was, in the words of the network head, a “scary” moment that can most effectively be smoothed over by romancing a white girl on national television.
Rachel, who we first laid eyes on in Season 1 wearing a “This is what a feminist looks like” T-shirt, loves that casting a black suitor aligns with her politics: Darius represents step forward in the politics of representation. “He’s not black, he’s football black,” she assures the head of the network, before giving him a hard sell so cynical one wonders if it won’t convince . There are no slippery slopes, only avalanches and cliff faces.
The ends justify the means but the means are so vicious, they render the ends unrecognizable. Rachel also convinces Ruby (Denée Benton), a politically minded black woman, to push off her college graduation to appear on the show, promising her a platform for her activism, and then does everything she can to engineer a catfight between her and Beth Ann.
A sitcom actor who seemed to personify the non-neurotic yet full-blown anxiety of the 1990s male, Craig Bierko had several high-profile roles during the decade, although none of the shows clicked with the audience. Read more » A sitcom actor who seemed to personify the non-neurotic yet full-blown anxiety of the 1990s male, Craig Bierko had several high-profile roles during the decade, although none of the shows clicked with the audience.
He was the uptight attorney who hired private investigator Valerie Bertinelli on the short-lived "Sydney" (CBS, 1990), the eager reporter with eyes for Dabney Coleman's daughter in "Madman of the People" (NBC, 1994-95), and Julie Warner's husband, joining her in watching their baby's every breath, in "Pride & Joy" (NBC, 1995).