Unsafe has always dealt with magic: the magic of music, various kinds of contraband (from alcohol to, in one of his best episodes, something a little more hardcore), love and sex, and, of course, #BlackGirlMagic. But the most magical thing about Unsafe is that through his ups and downs, he was both so unique that he started some really heated debates on Twitter and among your friends at the reception, and so familiar it feels like to give your girls the truth during a FaceTime call on Tuesday night. Unsafe it feels like Tuesday. How do you write on Tuesday, especially when it’s the last you’ll ever have?
I guess you start by recognizing that while Tuesdays are fundamental, they’re not always great. I had never seen anything like it Unsafe when it first premiered in 2016. I was 20 and had yet to live an adult life beyond a college campus which, like the series, would include consoling friends until the end supposed to last relationships and, you know, legal drinks in bars. From Unsafethe creation of, when it was still the popular YouTube series from creator Issa Rae The Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, it was like a breath of fresh air: here is a fun, trustworthy black girl who felt like all of us in our best and definitely worst times. The historic drama show Black HBO that arose out of the ashes of the YouTube exception filled a void for black viewers, especially black female viewers – they couldn’t say how much they needed the show until what they have. Unsafe was hilarious, stylish, and (or that’s what I’m told) hella LA From the costumes to the venues and the music, Unsafe had understood something that the television industry had been striving for since the days of Living Single and Girlfriends: How do you make a deeply human program about the experiences of a young black woman in the Internet age? The answer: go beyond the classic multi-camera sitcom to show not only age, work or dating, but also place. Ground it enough that it feels inextricably constructed by black culture, while simultaneously defining black culture – another magic trick.
However, as I said, not every Tuesday is great: Season 3 is a bummer, even though it laid the groundwork for Season 4, which I consider to be the undisputed best season of the show. Unsafebread and butter have always been his friendships, female friendships: the way women support other women and how easily decades of friendships can unravel until they become an unrecognizable mess. And in this unrecognizable mess, the remaining holes that only your girls can fill. When Season 4 aired after a two-year hiatus, each Unsafe fan I know felt at home again, rightly saying that the series had come back to its DNA and proved, once again, why it was one of the best TV shows of the 2010s. Issa and Molly’s festering feud is an absolute TV wonder, perfectly paced with the right balance of hilarity and heartbreak. This is the most relevant (and certainly the most questionable) the show was never.
And then there’s this fifth season, the last of the series. [Spoilers for Insecure’s series finale follow.] Honestly, this season has been a bit of a battle; it had some noteworthy highlights, like describing how Molly balances a family emergency and work, or anytime with Kelli. But it also felt inconsistent and elusive throughout. Issa begins to forge a relationship again with Nathan, who (sorry, I’m not sorry) is the least interesting character the show has invented, mainly because he’s treated like Issa’s counterpart rather than his own. character, which the show tried to rectify in its last season, but didn’t quite succeed. Molly comes and goes, dating occasionally, until she finally settles in for a nice surprise with working foe Taurean in the final episodes. Tiffany is almost absent until she announces that she is moving to Denver, which is the first real sign that the heart of the series could fundamentally change. And there isn’t enough Kelli or Ahmal, Issa’s hilarious brother, although there never has been historically.
It is only in the last episodes that Season 5 really kicks off. By the end of the season, Issa has some vital decisions to make: Nathan or Lawrence; “Sell” with NBW and the life of the company or keep it local with Crenshawn. Is continuing with the Blocc even the right way for her? At the end of this five-season journey, the main character who has been notoriously indecisive and, as those close to those close to him in later episodes point out, “inconsistent”, must choose.
But, spoiler alert: Issa decides she wants it all. Issa was careful not to settle down in love or choose a good path for her career because she built this idea in her head that she couldn’t have everything, that she had to choose. It wasn’t just that she couldn’t have it all, but that she always owed something of herself to others: to be a best friend to Molly, a support system for Lawrence, to stay true to her community. . It is only in the last episodes that the truth comes to Issa from all sides. “Sometimes it’s not about making a smart choice, it just has to make sense to you. And it doesn’t have to be the smart choice to be the right choice, ”Tiffany tells him. In the next episode, Molly asks, “What if there’s no wrong answer? Things are never all or nothing.
Issa chooses Crenshawn’s career path, continuing to uplift the community. But she also finds the money to open up a new space for her business, suggesting that she may also have teamed up with NBW for a salary. Issa chooses to stay close to her daughters and move forward at work, succeeding in fulfilling their pact to be there for each other’s birthdays. And, at the end of it all, after a long and bumpy road, Issa chooses Lawrence. They take comfort in knowing that they had to grow up apart to be able to work as a couple, but their relationship was never really out of place. Issa’s infidelity was the result of her attempt to create a perfect relationship that didn’t exist. “I realized it was all in my head,” Issa said in the final. “No one doubted me except me… I had to believe it would work for it to work.” “
There is a brief dream sequence in the Season 2 finale when Issa and Lawrence finally get the closure they need and say goodbye to each other. It’s devastating when the dream is cut short, to see Issa realizing that her dreams would never come true, at least not the way she imagined them. Being #TeamLawrence or #TeamIssa back then was a strong statement, but no one could deny that this dream was right. And this dream is not far from the reality that we actually receive. I’m not going to say that the end of the series isn’t fan service, because it is. But it doesn’t sound undeserved, and it doesn’t sound unbelievable.
Point UnsafeThe last episode of fact is that Issa never had to choose. Even when it seemed like Issa’s actions were in the service of her greed, they were not. She didn’t have to choose between, she could choose more, as long as she was honest about her choices and what she wanted out of them.
I expected to be dissatisfied with the finale, perhaps because this season has been a tussle between the values at the heart of the series and an extended hiatus to let us dwell on how it all comes together. ended. But honestly, I’m so tired of the tale of the girl not choosing between the two men and choosing herself in a melodramatic way. Why can’t she have both love and personal growth? Lasting friendships and a commitment to work, a career, in whatever form she wants? Unsafe says she can. She still could. She just had to believe she could make it work. And that, for me, is the biggest rabbit Unsafe could never get out of the hat. Damn, am I going to miss Tuesdays.