You might have spotted it on Netflix or seen the promos on Adult Swim. Or if you’re one of the rare few who still pays for cable, you may know it as that show that comes on after
The series first premiered on Netflix back in 2019. However, the streaming giant ultimately canceled
Dropping new episodes weekly, season two of the animated series has offered gem after gem. The episodes continue to push the limits of the show’s creative heights. Season two has been a highlight reel of everything that makes
The Bizarre and Whimsical World
The world of
As a result, the setting becomes a character in itself, building on these abstract ideas of how such a society would function. One of the more recent episodes in the second season, “Planteau,” fully embraces this madness as the duo heads to the titular plant city for a bachelorette party. We get some truly standout moments as the group explores the city. Plus a wonderfully wild side plot involving Bertie’s boyfriend Speckle! The coinciding bachelor party perfectly exemplifies just how out there the world of
Creative and Unique Animation
Hand in hand with the physical world the characters inhabit is the show’s unique visual style.
On the flip side, the show also utilizes the visual medium to explore more serious and complex topics. This allows the animators to experiment and change up the art style. At its best, the show demonstrates the power of visual storytelling and uses its animation to explore abstract ideas in interesting and meaningful ways. Nowhere is this better showcased than the season one episode “The Jelly Lakes.” Many consider it the best episode of the series. It takes a nuanced and touching look at trauma and its lasting impact on a person’s life. And the animation takes full advantage of the medium with results that range from thought provoking and cerebral to cleverly absurd and hysterical.
Deeply Relatable Stories and Characters
Beyond the visual representation, the writing is simply unparalleled. While the show’s comedic stylings are immediately noteworthy and admirable in their own right, the series truly shines in just how expertly they make it all so deeply relatable. For all the protagonists’ outlandish misadventures in a world that often feels so completely alien from our own, the emotional core of their lives and stories remains all too real. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, loneliness, or simply attempting to navigate the often frightening world of adulthood,
Furthermore, the series’ wide array of relationships are genuine and complex. Their emotional struggles do not exist in a vacuum. You can see how the continued growth of the characters informs not only their individual journeys, but who they are as partners, co-workers, family, and friends. From Tuca’s complicated family dynamics and struggles with sobriety to Bertie’s never-ending internal conflict as a result of her lived trauma and the challenges of a long-term relationship, you see all these things explored in the world and people around them. The relationships evolve in new and interesting ways. And somehow in this world filled with birds, plants, and all manner of animals, it all feels utterly human.
Thankfully, the series appears to only continue to grow in popularity as more people tune in on Adult Swim and new fans discover the first season on Netflix. However, one can’t help but be paranoid after the previous abrupt end. With that concern I implore everyone to not miss out on this incredible series. With only a few episodes left to air, be sure to show your support by tuning in live or on demand or when the season eventually makes its way to HBO Max later this year. You can even watch the season two premiere on Adult Swim’s YouTube channel.
Together we can make sure that this return to Bird Town will not be our last.