Exactly a year (and a few more weeks) after its season finale, Netflix premiered a trailer of Never Have I Ever's season 2. And while the cast had already announced the renewal on their individual social media, the trailer pumped us up for another season with Devi Vishwakumar and her serial misadventures!
Read more: Never Have I Ever Season 1 Recap
Last year, we recapped Never Have I Ever's season 1 to bring you an episode by episode insight into our favourite brown-girl Netflix original. And we plan to continue it this year as well, so here's what we're looking out for:
Never Have I Ever Season 1: A flashback
Previously, we met Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), struggling to embrace her high school experience alongside dealing with the grief of losing her father. The series beautifully went over the healing process of both Devi and her mother, Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan), after the untimely death of Mohan (Sendhil Ramamurthy).
The poignant message comes through wittily amid hilarious repartees, desi-comedy and high school romance. In fact, we couldn't help but fall in love with the side characters throughout the series! Whether it is Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez) and Eleanor (Ramona Young), Devi's equally nerdy yet fiercely supportive best friends, who always have her back despite her tendency to make bad decisions. Or the school hunk, Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet), who Devi is obsessed with — without any self-control! However, the storyline that keeps us glued to the screen is the one with Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison). The two, shown to be 'arch-nemesis' since kindergarten, bicker their way into developing feelings for each other.
The final episode culminates with the two getting together and Devi's family finally getting the closure they deserve for the grief they've faced in the past year. However, it doesn't end without giving us a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, and season 2 looks like it won't be wasting any time picking it up from where it left us.
Never Have I Ever Season 2: What to expect
The new season shows Devi, Fabiola and Eleanor trying to come to a reasonable conclusion with a pros and cons list for Paxton and Ben (all that character development, for what? nothing!).
After scattering her father's ashes, Devi seems to have attained closure in this season. However, a quick glimpse of her uber-cool therapist Dr Jamie (Niecy Nash), reveals that she might still need therapy to cope with her haphazard ways of living. While her two best friends actively try to discourage her from going the wrong way, she ends up two-timing her love interests instead. Talk about making bad decisions! What more, a new Indian girl, Aneesa, joins their class as a new student, only to be the object of Devi's irrational insecurity. And if there's anything that season 1 taught us, it is that Devi's hot-headedness never does her any good.
Never Have I Ever Season 2, trailer: Thoughts
Are we looking forward? Absolutely, yes. However, the show seems to lack a meaningful plotline this time around. While the will-she-won't-she story will keep us engaged nonetheless, we're hoping there's more to Never Have I Ever than Devi's boy problems. Each of the characters' promising storyline has us excitedly waiting for an outcome. That said, there's a good chance of the season being a letdown, considering how Devi and her mother find closure from the grief in season 1. And of course, we're still looking forward to more screen time with Poorna Jagannathan, because her portrayal of an Indian mother couldn't be more apt for those of us living abroad and here at home!
Also, while we're fans of Paxton, we're all secretly rooting for Ben — and wouldn't really take anything else as an answer otherwise! So, when Eleanor says, "You really Devi'd this one up", we're here hoping she doesn't, actually, "Devi up" that bad!
Where to watch: Netflix
When to stream: July 15 onwards