Season 1 of Ted Lasso could not have come at a more perfect time because it has helped us through lockdowns and beyond, with many people re-watching it countless times, for Ted’s biscuits are the ultimate in comfort food. Season 2 has fairly swiftly followed, with it being entirely filmed during the pandemic. Of course, this is not something acknowledged in Ted Lasso’s perfect world, although that could have been an interesting path to go down…
The first episode finds poor Danny Rojas (Cristo Fernandez) with a case of The Yips, a mental block that means he can no longer perform as the star striker he is supposed to be. AFC Richmond make the decision to bring in a sports psychologist, Sharon (Sarah Niles) to try to shake him out of it. Ted (Jason Sudeikis) is a little unsure about this, due to his own hang-ups about therapists, related to his divorce. Sudeikis continues to bring depth and vulnerability to Ted, behind all of the relentlessly optimistic mottos and Midwestern farm-boy positive vibes. If there’s one thing we can be sure to find in Ted Lasso, it’s obscure cultural references (who can forget the iconic Scorsese’s Silence moment from Season 1) and this episode brings a film reference and related sequence set to music that is an all time favourite, so I was tickled pink.
Season 1 ended with Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) giving up on sabotaging the club she’d won in her acrimonious divorce from the world’s biggest slime-ball, Rupert Mannion (Anthony Head). Season 2 sees her finally confident enough to enter the dating scene, including a double-date with Roy (Brett Goldstein) and Keeley (Juno Temple) in the first episode. Rebecca’s hair, make up, outfits and shoes continue to shine this season, with Waddingham managing to one-up her own Goddess levels in each episode. We get to see more of Rebecca’s home and home life this season, which certainly adds valuable context to her character.
You will remember that Roy made the decision to retire at the end of Season 1 and his retirement speech plays a large role in the first episode of Season 2. If you’re anything like me, you will agree that Roy was the biggest highlight of Season 1 – the tough nut to crack on the outside, with an extremely soft and gooey centre is absolutely irresistible – well fear not, just because he’s retired, doesn’t mean he’s leaving the show or having his role reduced. We see him coaching his niece’s Under 9s football team, we finally get to meet his group of yoga mums and he makes a speech to Rebecca that will have you jumping on your sofa like Tom Cruise. Oh and his hair and beard have reached glorious retirement/lockdown lengths.
I’m not allowed to say too much about the rest of the season, but thankfully the delightful Sam (Toheeb Jimoh) has a bigger role to play and we haven’t seen the last of Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster). Ted Lasso‘s devoted fan base will surely not be disappointed by Season 2, as it explores all of the characters we’ve come to know and love in more depth. Members of the squad who were little more than extras in the first season come to the fore more and you can really appreciate how a large group of men from all over the world have to gel and form relationships based on their shared, rarefied position. There are no signs of Lasso mania slowing down and Season 2 is sure to be as beloved as the first.