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American Vandal Season 2 Review: Absurdity of Toilet Humor

Starring – Various
Director – Tony Yacenda
Genre – Mockumentary
Streaming Platform – Netflix 

Introduction: Revered as one of the funniest and clever mockumentaries of recent times, American Vandal is a satire of true crime documentaries such as the Wild Wild Country and Making a Murderer. While Season 1 debriefed the absurd phenomenon of #WhoDrewTheDicks at Hanover High School in Oceanside, California, Season 2 enquires about the ridiculous yet astute thrill seeker 'The Turd Burglar', who commits a series of felonies involving poop at a prestigious Catholic school in Washington.

Rationalization: Now, if you've watched the first season of this series, you must be well aware of the type of humor that Vandal benefits from. More than the first season, this second season is much more self-aware, meta and continues to deliver when it comes to comedy. The whole poop humor is not oversaturated and was handled adequately from beginning to end. But, the characters were once again the primary plus side of the show. The recurring characters of Peter and Sam were more mature and less douchey this time around, DeMarcus Tillman, Chloe, Lou added the needed intrigue as the supporting characters.

However, comparable to Dylan's character in Season 1, Kevin McClain aka Shit Stain McClain is the focal character and the one who plays the helpless victim, and Travis Tope who played Kevin was outstanding with his performance. His nerdy look, mannerisms, body language, speech, everything felt incredible and was easily laughable and at the same time pitiful to watch. Additionally, unlike Season 1, this time the show ended with a social message and a twist that I didn't see coming and is again a job well done by the creative team behind the curtains.

Conclusion: Overall, I once again had a blast watching American Vandal, and is undoubtedly one of the easiest, funniest and captivating series you'll find on Netflix. Watch it and revel the absurdity of toilet humor.

-A Just Stream Editorial by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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