Dickinson was one of the first series to be launched on the platform in November 2018, garnering conflicting opinions from critics and audiences.
In this series, actress Hailee Steinfeld plays the role of American poet Emily Dickinson, amidst real anecdotes, fictional aspects and lots of humor. The series was structured especially for a young audience, with music by famous contemporary artists.
The second season will see Dickinson “pulled out of her intimate literary life and thrown into the public eye”. The first three episodes are available on Apple TV +, the others will be released once a week every Friday.
The first three episodes on Apple TV + already give us a way to understand how this new season of Dickinson will be structured. Anyone familiar with the series knows they will have to expect that perennial contrast between the life of the famous and melancholy poet Emily Dickinson with the soundtrack made of rap music and other modern songs. Wiz Khalifa continues to interpret death.
But if we take it for granted that this very particular show is exactly what showrunner Smith had in mind, then we can only appreciate the imagination required to come up with his version of the story.
The first episode of the second season tells of someone talking about how Thoreau was “canceled”, with the young men of the company calling each other “brother”. In the second episode, a white boy tells a native not to steal his woman, but he replies that the whites have stolen his land. All these seemingly very important times are always treated lightly and with a comic touch.
With these historical and social extras removed, Season 2 tackles Dickinson’s mental illness with more immediacy, giving her a ghostly presence that haunts her and a series of small challenges (a congenital vision problem, a pastry contest, and so on. ) which will place your disorder in a larger context. It’s all always very funny (at least in the first three episodes) and deliberately not dramatic. The protagonist always remains perfectly immersed in her character.
The risk is, however, that, once the novelty has disappeared with the first season and with some touch of innovation in these first episodes of the second, Dickinson may be repetitive and without a solid and interesting plot.