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It’s been almost a year and a half since UnsafeFrom the third season of the season. ” Ghost-likeHas provided an astonishing end to a confused season. Issa was interviewing for new jobs. Molly accepted responsibility for her mistakes at work and in relationships, rather than jumping on her tusks. Season 3 provided huge character changes for UnsafeMain duo, but that was not always enough to drive an interesting story for a show with a strangely or underused cast. Kelli, Tiffany, Dro, Lawrence and Daniel all felt like props to liven up any debate on Twitter that the writers thought would take off this week rather than fully realized characters.
So when “Lowkey Feelin ‘Myself” opens up on a dark, empty block party and goes to Issa on her phone, warning someone that she’s no longer really fucking Molly, it’s immediately fascinating. Did Molly ruin Issa’s block party? Was separation the fault of Issa? The show then takes us 4 months before Issa’s call. This clearly shows that the season is going to focus on dissolving their friendship before the block party so the audience can figure it all out for themselves. It’s for UnsafeIt’s credit that this tactic works; if the show had failed to build the friendship of Molly and Issa, it would be a boring first opening. Instead, Molly and Issa are complex and relatable characters and it will be interesting to see how the series chooses to spread the blame in their eventual breakup.
Of course, breakups are never that simple and have more to do with how people grow and change naturally, but taking the time to detail the separation allows viewers to see who hasn’t communicated what and when. In addition, it will probably play well on social media, an area Unsafe always liked to get involved. And, honestly, the hashtags #TeamMolly vs #TeamIssa are much more interesting than anything related to Lawrence, Daniel or Nathaniel. Does this mean that we will finally have a season of Unsafe who fully realizes all of his female characters? May be. Obviously, a break in friendship between Issa and Molly should involve Tiffany and Kelli more, and it’s already been a promising season four.
On the other hand, it could mean more Condola. Condola was presented last season as a romantic interest in Lawrence and collaborator for the Issa bouldering party. Given this story, their friendship seemed doomed, but “Lowkey Feelin ‘Myself” shows us that they work quite well together. The episode does not waste time revealing the relationship of Condola and Lawrence, a revelation from previous seasons of Unsafe would have lost precious time teasing. Fortunately, Tiffany arrives in a rush to reveal everything. Despite their shock, Condola and Issa both react to the situation with maturity and successfully organize Issa’s fundraising. Of course, this is not ideal, but Issa, Lawrence and Condola are all sufficiently developed to cope with this dynamic.
Molly doesn’t see it that way. Or at least, she doesn’t want to. Although Molly praised Condola’s cinematic event last season and encouraged Issa to ask her for help, she now dismisses the whole situation as untidy when Lawrence is involved. Rather than seeing that Issa has matured and can handle this fairly normal adult situation, she accuses Issa of simply liking disorder. Maybe it’s valid and Molly is trying to hold Issa responsible, but it looks like Molly is just fighting back because Andrew ruined his mood. If the situation was as messy as Molly believed, Condola could easily have sabotaged the fundraiser or not appeared at all.
Yes, Andrew is still there! Last season ended with Andrew perfectly refusing Molly’s apology for exploding their situation, but they have clearly made up. Kind of. They go on dates, but have not yet defined the relationship as Andrew’s confession that he has a date with someone else shocking Molly. Molly quickly goes back to her old ways and almost makes Andrew disappear, before texting to clear things up when Issa calls her for making a big deal out of nothing. Andrew lives to see another day.
This moment was felt to be a disappointment for the character of Molly and an easy way to get a point on the board for #TeamIssa. If Molly reacted to Condola and Issa’s friendship and jealousy were at the origin of her defense, that would be understandable! And interesting! Of course, they have already fought, but their friendship has never been threatened in this way, as far as viewers know. So why wouldn’t Molly put herself on the defensive when she saw how much Issa works with Condola?
No, Molly has been dismissive of Issa’s event from the start. She still doesn’t care about the block party, doesn’t take Issa’s goals seriously, or seems to care that Condola has taken over Molly’s job of helping Issa “get white money.” She even tells Andrew not to expect much from Issa’s event while they’re driving there. Instead, Andrew is the entire source of his anxiety. Unfortunately, Molly’s emotional growth is still linked to her relationship with a man, just like in previous seasons.
I love Andrew and I would love to see more of Alexander Hodge. He and Yvonne Orji have incredible chemistry and the dynamic between Molly and Andrew is what the character needs. In addition, it is absolutely magnificent. Still, I hope it’s not just the next Dro or Jared; only here to teach Molly a lesson on the right way to “find a man.” His character now deserves to exceed this dynamic. Let’s see Molly in a real relationship. Or let’s just see what her character wants when she doesn’t want a man or a promotion.
Well, this is kind of a perfect summary of the episode. There is growth and a lot of promise, but building on the same old stuff and tropes Unsafe and “Lowkey Feelin ‘Myself” to show viewers something they had never seen before.
Oh, and Kelli was there to make jokes.
- Isa Rae’s delivery on “Where are your exes?” Let me run on it! And the laughter that followed was hilarious. Rae has always been a talented actress, but it feels like working at a new level after her many film projects between seasons.
- I also loved the sex scene with Issa and Calvin, her TSA-bae. Molly’s development is always linked to the men she’s dating. So it sounds like a big change of pace for Issa to just have a legitimate, laid-back boyfriend who doesn’t stress her out and treat her nicely. I don’t see Calvin inspiring deep moments of “rapping in the mirror,” but he doesn’t just seem to be a punchline.
- That being said, the moment that stole the episode was still Kelli’s brief story about how she framed a potential friend who was dating one of his exes. “Renee is cool,” she explains calmly. Give me my Kelli-centric episode NOW, please.
- Ahmal (Issa’s brother) is back! And they let us know upstairs that he’s gay! The show has already received criticism for letting its homosexuality exist mainly in the subtext, so it looks like they are trying to answer that.
- Lawrence is still there. I still don’t know why I’m supposed to care about Lawrence, but none of the situations involving him and Condola or Issa really interest me. My apologies to LawrenceHive. I know Condola is too good for him and I don’t even know her very well.
- There is no Daniel, but Molly mentions Nathan. He is still friends with Andrew and Issa is not ready to see him.
- I want that Waiting to expire the t-shirt that Issa wears in the first scene.
- The show in show this season is Looking for LaToya and so far Ray J is LaToya’s boyfriend and Terri Vaughn is the host of the show.
- Welcome to season four! I’m happy Unsafe is there to make our quarantines a little easier.