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Insecure Recap Season 2, Episode 8, “Hella Perspective”

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Insecure Recap: Season 2, Episode 8, “Hella Perspective”

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Insecure Recap: Season 2, Episode 8, “Hella Perspective”

Written by Issa Rae and directed by Melina Matsoukas, “Hella Perspective” is Insecure’s most beautifully shot and structurally ambitious episode to date. The season-two finale is divided into three 30-day vignettes focusing on each of the show’s main characters: Lawrence (Jay Ellis), Molly (Yvonne Orji), and Issa (Issa Rae). The cyclical, nonlinear timeline of “Hella Perspective”—each section loops back to the marathon in which Lawrence and Kelli (Natasha Rothwell) are participating—is central to the episode and strays from the usual format of the HBO series. In lieu of traditional establishing shots, visual and aural cues lead one scene into the next, whether it’s through specific objects, sounds, or even a character’s sightline. These transitions lend the episode a dreamy, albeit rushed, quality.

Insecure Recap Season 2, Episode 2, “Hella Questions”

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Insecure Recap: Season 2, Episode 2, “Hella Questions”

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Insecure Recap: Season 2, Episode 2, “Hella Questions”

“You frame a lot of things in your life with ’should,’” Dr. Rhonda Pine (Denise Dowse) says to Molly (Yvonne Orji) toward the beginning of “Hella Questions,” the latest episode of Insecure. The therapy session is considerably different from the one we saw in “Hella Great,” in which a tight-lipped Molly assured her therapist that everything was fine. Spurred by the realization that she’s making less money than Travis (David Hull), her colleague and physical manifestation of white male mediocrity, Molly begins to open up to Dr. Pine, revealing more about herself than she realizes. Dr. Pine asks Molly if she’s heard of “magical thinking,” which is, as she puts it, when we believe what we want will influence the external world as opposed to accepting things as they are. “If those ’shoulds’ didn’t come to fruition,” she asks, “would you feel comfortable with your life looking a different way?”