Enlightened

The Complete Second Season

DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Season two picks up with Amy immersed in gathering evidence against Abaddonn. In the season's eight episodes, Amy enlists the help of journalist Jeff Flender, and as they work together on a searing expose, she dreams of a bigger life and develops romantic yearnings for the handsome, well-travelled reporter.

Publisher: [United States] : Home Box Office, [2013]
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 274 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Mar 12, 2015
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Co-created by writer/director/actor Mike White and star Laura Dern, "Enlightened," despite being on HBO, flew under the radar and was cancelled after only two seasons. Thankfully, those two seasons are both strong and they were able to wrap up the story arc. Season 2 picks up right where the first left off with Amy (Dern) enlisting her reluctant co-worker (White) to hack into company files and find incriminating documents. Joining the cast are Dermot Mulroney as a crusading journalist, Molly Shannon as the woman whose files they're looking to hack, and James Rebhorn as the seemingly charming company president. Luke Wilson returns as her alcoholic ex-husband, who gets a whole episode where he checks into a New Age rehab center, and Dern's actual mom Diane Ladd as her mom. The show is funny, but not exactly a comedy. The characters could be pathetic or monstrous, but White's an empathetic and understated writer and the cast is uniformly excellent, finding the rumpled humanity in their flawed characters. An overlooked gem. Some of the directors this season include Jonathan Demme, Todd Haynes, Nicole Holofcener ("Enough Said"), and White himself.
PS-The company name, Abaddon, is a Hebrew word meaning either the place of the dead or a bottomless pit. Nice reference "Enlightened!"

Jan 18, 2014
  • Bookworm39 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Reallly enjoyed this series. Wish there was a third series. Anyway can relate to some of it, especially the part where you have given your all to a Company and all they care about is making money for themselves and not about their loyal workers who have worked there for years.

zal
Jan 04, 2014
  • zal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The second season really was much better than the first but too bad, there's no third. This is the kind of comedy that really should get more attention. I find the pace can be sometimes slow and dragging but the story is great.

Nov 08, 2013
  • Ellington4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This second season of Enlightened (unfortunately its last) is much deeper and more moving than the first season. It deals with corporate whistle blowing and such personal issues as loneliness, relating to other people, and trying to do meaningful things while being treated like a cypher. There are two lovely episodes focusing on secondary characters, and two important new characters. The acting remains strong, headed by Laura Dern, who is superb in depicting the different sides of Amy. The final episode ties things up somewhat, but more was planned. Too bad not enough people could get it. For me, this was a classic, memorable series, taking on areas where few others venture. I'll miss not seeing more.

Oct 13, 2013
  • joeguy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I can't believe this was cancelled. I'm disappointed. Laura Dern's performance is unbelievably good and the series was inspired.

Aug 31, 2013
  • docjnsuss rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In the second season of Enlightened Amy Jellicoe continues on her mission to bring down Abaddonn Industries. Amy enlists the help of Jeff Flender who is a reporter for the LA Times to write an expose. Amy and Tyler hack the company's computer system looking for evidence of illegality. When Amy finds out that Abaddonn Industries intends to fire her whole department even Dougie helps Amy in her whistleblower endeavor. Levi Callow, Amy's ex-husband, spends time in a holistic Hawaiian rehab program with mixed results. Unfortunately the series was cancelled after the second season due to low ratings.

Jul 22, 2013
  • gkong94402 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This show is unlike anything else on television. Watch it from the season 1 pilot to the end, as the entire series run spans a single narrative arc with many of the themes and motifs revisited in the series finale. Not quite a sitcom, not quite a drama. "Enlightened" is its own animal.

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