The pandemic delayed season 2 of HBO’s hit Euphoria, but the first part of a special episode, “Trouble Don’t Last Always” dropped this weekend on HBO Max.
Pretty nice to see “Emmy Award Winner Zendaya,” who is joined in this stripped down episode with Colman Domingo. It feels like an interlude between the two seasons. Via Variety:
It’s a remarkable change of pace for “Euphoria,” and a meaty challenge for Domingo and Zendaya, the latter fresh off her historic (and richly deserved) Emmy win for Best Actress in a Drama. From a practical standpoint, the extreme austerity of the set and script was necessary given that “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson wrote, shot and produced the episode during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After a season showing off the breadth of what an HBO budget and innovative camera setups could do, the flashiest shot in this episode follows Ali out of the diner sideways through a window. (A lovely shot, but a far cry from the high octane theatrics of something like the first season’s carnival.) Even if Levinson added this interlude after mapping out season 2, though, from a narrative viewpoint, “Trouble Don’t Last Always” is such a fitting bridge from the first season to the second that it’s hard to imagine what the next stage of “Euphoria” would look like without it.
And if you’re wondering about that song in the trailer, it’s the Otis Redding classic “Cigarettes and Coffee.”
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