REVIEW: INSATIABLE – SEASON 2

Debby Ryan in Insatiable (2018)

MAIN CAST

Deby Ryan (Life of The Party)
Dallas Roberts (The Grey)
Kimmy Shields (Girlboss)
Chirstopher Gorham (Ugly Betty)
Alyssa Milano (Charmed)
Daniel Kang (Candy Jar)
Michael Provost (Chance)
Erinn Westbrook (The Debut)
Sarah Colonna (Invasion)
Irene Choi (Arena)
Arden Myrin (What Women Want)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Tanya Christiansen (Legacies)
Caroline Pluta (Rise)
Ryan Homchick (The Pack)
Dana Ashbrook (Twin PEaks)
Alex Landi (Grey’s Anatomy)
Vincent Rodriguez III (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
Tommy Dorfman (13 Reasons Why)
Beverly D’Angelo (The House Bunny)
Michael Ian Black (Wet Hot American Summer)

72391718_2475979002645594_1049410855742996480_nPatricia is back with Insatiable Season 2 and ready to hype the intensity even far more than what you all have expected. In the second season of Insatiable, we will see the hunger of power and beauty overruling Patricia’s mind leading her to entangle herself in something unethical acts. Yes, In Season Two of Insatiable, we will see a hell of CRIMES alongside the twist and messy story sparked by HOTNESS and BEAUTY of the BEAUTY QUEENS. You all must know that Patricia want to be the Beauty Queen, and for this, she’ll do anything, and concerning anything every crime is accountable.71643117_10221170888807609_75716815979806720_nWhen Insatiable first came out last year on Netflix, it was an immediately hit but spawned a backlash about fat-shaming. But its stars remind its audience — as it enters its second season, premiering on Oct. 11 — that this is a cautionary tale, not a morality tale. The premise of the show is simple: Patty Bladell is a high school student who has had to deal with bullying because of her weight. When an altercation leads to her jaw being wired shut and she has to go on a liquid diet, she loses weight drastically. Now that she’s considered conventionally pretty, a pageant coach and lawyer Bob Armstrong (played by Dallas Roberts) sees her potential as a beauty queen and she agrees, thinking that this is the way to get back at her bullies. Despite the backlash, the show was renewed for a second season and it starts off with the unfinished business that season one set up. It also addresses in its way the criticism leveled at the show.Insatiable-Season-2-Release-Date-1The second season — which this writer viewed before its premiere — does just that: it explores sensitive issues about recognizing when one has problems and seeking help, living as a mixed-race person, and trying to reconnect to one’s roots, among other issues. But it’s still incredible messy, and funny, and self-aware. Ms. Ryan noted that the beauty of working in the show is never knowing what comes next. Like the role of Ms. Diaz, who first thought it was a prank when Netflix reached out to her to ask if she wanted to guest star in the show. Her role is very much like her: Gloria Reyes was Miss Philippines and Miss Universe in 1969. Although she is a guest star, her role is pivotal in the way Patty views her life after a short conversation with her. As the show goes from one stressful episode to the next — because it never does give one time to calm down from all the insanity from one scene to another — one wonders how it will all end. If Mr. Roberts has his way though, he said he’d love to end the series with “Bob and Patty walking while the world burns behind them.”

REVIEW: INSATIABLE – SEASON 1

Debby Ryan in Insatiable (2018)

MAIN CAST

Deby Ryan (Muppets Most Wanted)
Dallas Roberts (The Grey)
Kimmy Shields (Girlboss)
Chirstopher Gorham (Ugly Betty)
Alyssa Milano (Charmed)
Daniel Kang (Candy Jar)
Michael Provost (Chance)
Erinn Westbrook (The Debut)
Sarah Colonna (Invasion)
Irene Choi (Arena)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Carly Hughes (American Housewife)

Arden Myrin (What Women Want)

Jordan Gelber (Riding In Cars With Boys)

Chloe Bridges (The Final Girls)

Brett Rice (The Blind Side)

Beverly D’Angelo (The House Bunny)

Drew Barrymore (Santa Claria Diet)

Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)

Robin Tunney (Hollywoodland)

Jon Lovitz (The Simpsons)
Christine Taylor (Zoolander)
Michael Ian Black (Wet Hot American Summer)
William Baldwin (Sliver)

70dbaecd5b50ac67d9a414.96031511_More than 200,000 people have already signed a Change.org petition to cancel the Netflix comedy Insatiable before a single frame of it has aired. “We still have time to stop this series from being released,” the petition seethes, “and causing a devastation of self-doubt in the minds of young girls who will think that to be happy and be worthy, they need to lose weight.” Reading those words of these warriors against thin privilege fills me with a righteous rage as I brood about the victims of this manifest unfairness—namely, that I have to watch television shows before I write about them. It would be sooooo much easier (and lucrative!) to do these reviews based on the TV-log description or the title or the voices in my head.ins110unit00726rBut life’s not fair, so they say, which means I had to invest hours of viewing a sharply written and antically acted comedy about a fat, bullied teenage girl who drops four dress sizes after an accident, then goes on a rampage against her former tormentors, in order to tell you that Insatiable is not an assault on human decency but an extremely funny piece of work. Something like Death Wish if it had been directed by John Hughes, Insatiable starts off with Debby Ryan (Life Of The Party) encased in a Michelin-man size fat suit, playing a high school pariah named Patty—or Fatty Patty, as the rest of the school (even, oh my God, the band dorks) calls her. The name may be cruel, but it’s not exactly inaccurate. “While my classmates were out losing their virginity, I was at home, stuffing another hole,” laments Patty.insatiable-ht-ml-180731_hpEmbed_3x2_992She bottoms out one night when a homeless drunk demands her chocolate donut on the grounds that she’s too fat to eat it. She punches him; he punches back, much harder, and breaks her jaw. Three months of liquid diet later, Fatty Patty is Hottie Patty, with all the popular kids who once shunned her (and now have no idea who she is) begging her to join their cafeteria table. She’s unplacated by her new popularity, and the stage is set for Revenge of the Plus-Sized. But Patty’s not the only one bearing homicidal grudges. Bob (Dallas Roberts, The L Word), the attorney defending Patty on criminal charges over slugging the homeless guy, has his own kettle of barely suppressed rage. An airhead partner in his dad’s law firm, Bob is despondent that he’s been banned from his real love: coaching teenage contestants in the town’s cutthroat beauty pageants. (A mother, furious when her daughter loses a pageant after imprudently giving a happy-face oratory on keeping “trannies” out of women’s restrooms, falsely accused Bob of unhinging the girl by touching her “ho-ho.”) Seeing a chance to get back in the game and humiliate his rival coaches, Bob suggests that the newly beautiful Patty enter a pageant. Heinous, hilarious skullduggery ensues.netflix_insatiable_reviewInsatiable is not an exercise in fat-shaming or any other teenage caste cruelty. Sure, Patty gets mocked and abused, but the kids who engage in that behavior are unambiguously treated as villains, and they don’t fare well. And Patty’s acts of vengeance mostly seem heroic, even when they are patently misanthropic. Everybody who ever suffered shunning or scorn at the hands of a high-school social overlord will be raising a fist in solidarity. Which is the point. Executive producer Lauren Gussis, who worked on Showtime’s boy-psycho-next-door Dexter for several years, says Insatiable is really her memoir of an overweight adolescence full of convulsive anger at the way other kids treated her: “the kind of rage that makes you want to do dark things.” Dark, funny things.