“Extraordinary” Season 2: No Longer an Origin Story

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Jen (Máiréad Tyers) inside her (not so organized) mind. Photo by: Olly Courtney/Hulu.

Exploring family trauma is at the heart of Extraordinary season two.

When we last left the team, Jen (Máiréad Tyers) got the money to go to the power clinic, Carrie (Sofia Oxenham) and Kash (Bilal Hasna) broke up, and Jizzlord (Luke Rollason) found out he has a wife and child.

Season 2 pretty much picks up there: over the eight-episode season, we follow Jen as she and a therapist from the clinic (Julian Barratt) literally go into her mind to see what may be blocking her getting a power.

As with season 1, there are a lot of serious moments: one of which punched me in the gut surrounding Jen’s dead father. However, the humor is definitely more present this season. Kash decides he needs to write a musical, and while Jizzlord isn’t necessarily attracted to his wife, he feels an obligation to be a dad to his kid.

Jen is a little less of a jerk this season, although she still has her issues. With the help of said therapist, she explores some of her trauma and relationship with her mom.

Jizzlord still lacks the knowledge of how humans behave, which makes his attempts at bonding with his kid all the more hilarious.

Meanwhile, Kash and Carrie deal with their breakup in a non-typical way: Carrie determines that they need to set each other up with someone, and Kash ends up exploring his sexuality. Thankfully, Carrie’s reaction is less to do with Kash maybe being gay (at least bi), but because she realizes she may not quite be ready for that step. She explores her own personhood, figuring out her place in the world and whether she can be in it on her own.

an older white man sits on a couch, a drink in his left hand. Books surround the couch.
George (Julian Barrett), Jen’s power therapist, talks with her about his day. Photo by: Olly Courtney/Hulu.

Overall, I highly enjoyed season 2. As with season 1, the soundtrack is excellent, with the music fitting the vibe of the episode like a glove.

Unfortunately, the humor at times does feel a bit forced, as if they got a note from executives that season 1 was too serious. Additionally, they have Jen be in a conflict with Jizzlord’s wife (Rosa Robso), who’s secretly a terrible person but a dream on the surface, which feels a bit tropey. Additionally, one of the side characters who was in Kash’s superhero group writes fan fic, and there’s a bit of humor at the expense of the genre.

However, as mentioned, the exploration into sexuality is handled well, with side characters being in same sex relationship and coming across a person whose power is to change gender at will. What little rough edges the characters had in season 1 begin to smooth out, and we learn more about our four main characters and their relationships.

The season ends on a cliffhanger, so let’s hope it beats cancellation and we get a season 3. I’d like see the relationship between Jen and Jizzlord grow into something more real, and Kash finally learning to be somewhat responsible. (He can’t be TOO responsible, as that’s part of what makes his character work.)

Season 2 was released March 6, 2024, and is currently streaming on Hulu.

Author: Angie Fiedler Sutton

Angie Fiedler Sutton is a writer, podcaster, and all-round fangirl geek. She has been published in Den of Geek, Stage Directions, LA Weekly, The Mary Sue, and others.

She also produces her own podcast, Contents May Vary, where she interviews geeky people about geeky things. You can see all her work (and social media channels) at angiefsutton.com.

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