"American Vandal: Season Two" is somehow nearly as funny but nowhere as fresh or fun as the first time we followed Peter Moldanado and crew. An interesting thread about catfishing and the performative way Generation Z behaves on social media is introduced in the final episode - by then it's too late to salvage the show, but you realize that's perhaps what the season should have been about all along.
The magic is gone. Season Two is didactic, moralistic, and earnest in its criticism of social media. The last episode was almost insufferable. Let's face it: American Vandal did not need an encore. Or rather, American Vandal did not this *this* encore.
I hate everyone. The only redeeming characters are demarcus and chloe. Unlike season one, the vandalism in this season is pure evil and that’s why it doesn’t work as much as season one. The one magic that season one has is: the crime seems so trivial but it was presented so seriously that it becomes funny; and season two doesn’t have that.