‘The Idol‘ Episode 2 “Double Fantasy,” is now available on Max. Episode 2 also remains disappointing, the same as Episode 1. The show opened by sidelining Jocelyn, played by Lily-Rose Depp‘s voice and relying on supporting characters for crucial storytelling. We can see her suffering and lack of agency in the music industry taking center stage, overshadowing her talent.
In Episode 2, Sam Levinson‘s storyline mainly focuses on Jocelyn’s physical and emotional pain, which is unnoticed as she performs in the music video, Her manager is never satisfied with her overall performance, and she is committed to making it better, but she lacks creative agency. Support is offered only when she’s depleted, and concern is driven by self-interest. The connection between Fame’s agony and the story is unclear, and Levinson never explained it. Tedros, portrayed by The Weeknd, exploits Jocelyn for his own gain and for his sexual needs. Dyanne, played by Jennie Kim, is underutilized, focusing on her relationship with Tedros and potential signing. A missed opportunity considering her industry prominence.
The show ends with sex scenes involving Tedros and Jocelyn, which makes viewers very uncomfortable and sadistic. Tedros is taking control over Jocelyn, with his directions influencing her actions. The language he uses to describe her body is very hard to watch and hear. I predicted that Tedros would be the main antagonist who wanted to ruin Jocelyn.
Overall, ‘The Idol’ show is about a lazy script from Levinson, which happens in the pop industry. Comparing Episode 2 “Double Fantasy” with Episode 1 “Pop Tarts & Rat Tales,” there is some good music contained in Episode 2. But it was ruined by sexual performance. So, we suggest that if you want to waste your time, watch ‘The Idol,” Episode 2. Read the Episode 1 review.