“Love, Victor” returns for a second season this June and picks up right where the last episode left us, with Victor telling his family that he is gay, with this season focusing on the struggles Victor has after coming out.
Over the summer break, Victor and Benji have become much closer as a couple, but they’ve been in a little bubble, working together and spending time together, but only their closest friends and family know. So heading back to High School brings more challenges, especially with his basketball teammates.
Not only does he have to deal with issues at school, but his mum is really struggling to handle the news that her son is gay. While his dad tries everything he can to not lose his son, even enrolling in a special evening class for parents to help guide him.
One of the things I’ve enjoyed with the second season so far, is that the other characters are all getting much more time to explore the issues in their lives, making the show much more interesting. Victor’s story is intriguing, but with Felix, Andrew, Lake, Mia and also Victor’s sister, Pilar, also getting more time on the screen to deal with important issues such as depression, parents, sex and other teenage problems, it just makes the show much more rounded.
In the first four episodes, there is much less of a connection to the original film “Love, Simon”, while Simon is still providing assistance from afar, the focus has moved away from needing his help, since Victor now has a boyfriend and his friends are all there to guide him. However, there is also a nice cameo appearance from one of the characters from the original film that I enjoyed.
The second season of “Love, Victor” benefits from having all of its characters introduced, we know who they are, and in the first four episodes, we see them develop and see them deal with teenage issues. This show is much more than just about Victor dealing with his sexuality. It’s generally just a solid show for teenagers, to show them, they aren’t alone. Other people have issues too and nothing is perfect.
Unfortunately, Disney is doing an awkward release schedule for the series, with all 10 episodes from the second season coming to Hulu in the United States on June 11th, with new episodes dropping every week onto Disney+ every Friday from 18th June. So internationally, fans are going to spend 10 weeks catching up with the storylines, while in the US, fans can binge through the whole sitting in a day. I really wish Disney was able to work out a more uniform approach to releasing its Hulu and Star Originals. Personally, I find the weekly release format works better for this show, even though I did plough through all four episodes in one sitting because I wanted to know what happens next. With the first season being released earlier this year on Disney+ weekly, I had much more time to allow the stories to percolate in my head.
Overall, the first four episodes of “Love, Victor” season 2 is exactly what I was hoping for. If you enjoyed the first season, you should enjoy this one too. With the awkwardness and overthinking, all the teenage angst is there, but it’s moved on from just embracing who you are. It’s about developing who you are as a person. I really enjoyed these four episodes and can’t wait to finish off the reason of the second season.
Rating 4 out of 5
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.