Issa Rae is no stranger to writing about Black lives, relationships with friends, men, dating and adulthood – her YouTube series Awkward Black Girl touched on all of these themes –and with her TV show Insecure, she delves deeper into these subcultures and highlights more on these pivotal topics.
With the show returning to Sky Comedy for season four, Issa Dee (played by Rae) has evolved and with each character, her relationship changes in more ways than one.
But what do you expect? It's a messy series that still somehow makes you understand every single bit of it. The series isn't perfect, it isn't always light-hearted but one thing it does always get right is the subliminal lessons being taught throughout the seasons.
It's also timely. With everything going on in the world right now, the pivotal episode that hit the nail on the head with the world's problems today is when Kelli (played by Natasha Rothwell), Issa, Molly (played by Yvonne Orji) and Derek (portrayed by Wade Allain-Marcus) come face to face with the police after being reported.
The pivotal point of this conversation is Kelli saying to the police, "Tase me. I will survive. I've been tased before." It's the reality of Black people in the US's relationship with the police, and as we all know with everything going on right now, this is a topic that needed to be addressed.
There's nothing new about what Rae and co-creator Larry Wilmore have written with this show but with each previous season they used their voices to give us an entirely fresh and timely show loaded with sarcasm, emotion and humour. But season four looks deeper into life as a 30-something Black female in LA trying to become the successful woman that she has always dreamed of being.
After watching Issa navigate and try to figure who she is and what she wants to do for three seasons, she's at the point of her life that she's FINALLY getting everything together. "I'm on this forward path. No job, no man. All this sounds bad, but it's actually really good," she says to Molly.
The job, the man, the success, everything to survive in LA. But with the final episode of this season throwing a spanner in the works, who knows what is left for her?
Despite the title, Issa's insecurities start to fade this season. Watching her evolve from season one, two and three, where she was couch hopping, job surfing, changing who she was dating every now and then, it seems her insecurities have left the show. So, should they change the name to Self Esteem?
You may get annoyed by Issa's most unhinged move – becoming close friends and working with her ex-bae Lawrence's (Jay Ellis) new beau Condola (Christina Elmore) – but at least it was all for a good cause, Issa's successful Black party.
The show's greatest strength is how it touches on aspects of adulthood, with different degrees of seriousness. From breakups to job rejections, relationship troubles, work struggles, post-partum depression, police brutality and more.
It may leave you giddy as you take the romantic and messy ride through this season, but you will come to terms with Issa's awkwardness (those mirror raps are essential but crazy looking) as well as the cringeworthy dates and enjoy how wildly relatable the show is to your life.
It's the kind of show you wind down to in the evening after a long day at work: you need something to de-stress and declutter your life with feel-good, perhaps sometimes problematic TV. The show is a getaway from the world, and we're entirely grateful for Rae's quirky and smart mind for bringing us this culture-changing show.
Insecure airs on Sky Comedy in the UK and HBO in the US.
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