The White Lotus Season 2 Ep 1 is the first instalment of the second season of an American comedy-drama anthology television series created by Mike White for HBO. It follows the guests and employees of the fictional White Lotus resort chain, whose stay becomes affected by their various dysfunctions. The first season is set in Hawaii and the second season is set in Sicily. (Wikipedia)
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The White Lotus Season 2 Ep 1 introduces us to all-new characters save for one familiar face. Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge), the trouble neurotic returns and is now married to Greg Hunt, whom she met in Season 1. Tanya brings along her assistant Portia but due to Greg’s protestations is instructed to stay in her hotel room.
This season gathers two groups of characters. We have the Di Grasso men, grandfather Bert, father Dominic and son Albie, ostensibly on a mission to find Silician relatives. Then we have two couples – the wealthy Cameron and Daphne, and nouveau riche Ethan (Cameron’s college mate) and Harper – whose differences are highlighted from the get-go in this episode.
As for the locals, the fastidious Valentine, the hotel manager and the ambitious Lucia, a sex worker, stand out as possible key characters who might have an impact on the various sub-plots being slowly introduced. Early on, there has been interaction between Portia and Albie and it should be interesting to observe if that progresses further. At the end, Dominic spends the night with Lucia, even as it is revealed that his estranged wife – not on the trip – hates his guts.
The White Lotus Season 2 Ep 1 is chock full of engaging characters and snappy dialogue. Like Season 1, Season 2 opened with deaths, and as usual, we will spend the season trying to figure out exactly what happened in this idyllic location. Excellent start. Recommended.
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