Broad City‘s heightened production value is a cheer-worthy sign of their success, but is it more distracting than anything?
At the risk of sounding dramatic, waiting for season two of Broad City to premiere was literally the longest, most excruciating wait for anything ever.
But the girls are back in our lives for year two, giving us a long-term relationship besides the one we have with rocky road to celebrate this Valentine’s Day.
While it may be the same two stoner chicks we’ve come to love, a higher production value has led to a very different look that may actually be doing more harm than good.
I know it sounds ridiculous. After all, in love? Looks shouldn’t matter, and I love this show probably more than I like some actual non-fictional people. Not to mention, a higher production value means the show is doing well enough to afford a shiny new look.
But personally, I think some of the show’s atmosphere was traded for fancier camera angles and a crisper picture, and it’s left me feeling like something’s missing. Part of the show’s charm was that it looked like it was shot on what the fictional Abbi and Ilana’s “poor post-grad” budget would probably be.
There was something very real about it – an element that made it both believable and authentic at the same time (the show was originally a zero-budget YouTube series born from a best friendship).
While it’s not a mockumentary, it kind of put them in the same vein of shows like Parks and Recreation and The Office which, even after establishing themselves as certified successes, kept the low-budget look.
But, it also means the ladies are moving up. To paraphrase the very wise philosopher Drake, they started at the bottom, now they are clearly here.
And with a third season just picked up, they’re here to stay.
That being said, hey – they can shoot the show on freakin’ IMAX cameras if it means we get a fourth, fifth, and twentieth season of Broad City.
And not all the changes made in the second season so far are bad, either. Besides a higher production value, Broad City has also developed more of a bite to its bark. In just the first episode of season two, they managed to tackle female-on-male rape and making out with minors in a way that could have potentially been uncomfortable and offensive. But, the fearless comedic edge and ironic sarcasm they approached it with made it work and sculpted an episode that is possibly the biggest gender stereotype reversal this (gender-shattering) show has given us thus far.
Every relationship has its ups and downs, but I won’t let Broad City’s new look affect my relationship with it. Because while it may look a little shinier, it hasn’t strayed far from its roots. And through that new crystal-clear picture, it’s the same stoner chicks shrouded in a cannabis haze who we fell in love with last year.