Elliott Kerrigan’s transgender comedy is back for a second season, as Leo (Harry Hepple) and Judy (Rebecca Root) start living together and everyone comes to terms with Judy having been born a man.
If the first season had the real tension of Judy coming out to Leo’s mother – delightfully sarcastic Pam played by Denise Welch- this season is all about Leo and Judy’s preparation to get hitched, which is, er, not that much as a conflict. And so, after a first episode where Leo may move to London by accepting a great job (he doesn’t), leaving Judy behind because her mom Peggy is having blackouts (which were all the way caused by strange ‘vitamins’), and which ends on Leo’s marriage proposal and Judy’s yes, we spend the remaining 5 episodes (obviously the wedding is saved for the finale) just sitting on it, as the story of the couple happily stalls in favour of jokes and moments with all the secondary characters, who get way more attention (but not that much development) this season, giving Hepple and Root no real moments to shine.
In fact, the second season of Boy Meets Girl feels more like an amalgam of half-written plotlines that tend to fail their potential – including a new trans character that seems to be on the story only to tick the diversity box – than the warm, mundane romance we were given on season one. The flatness of some of the characters becomes all too apparent, as they persist on their tropes and repetitive jokes, now lacking the shine of originality. Even Dean (Steve Marsh), Jackie’s new boyfriend, seems strangely at ease with the idea of transgender after a quick explanation from Charlie, while Leo’s new sexy boss Kat (Sammy T. Dobson) is just a bawdy girl that reveals herself (quickly and with no drama whatsoever) not to be a threat to Leo & Judy’s coupledom. With no actual tension, nothing serious at stake, and less humour than season one, this season feels too PG, trying too hard to be endearing but failing to charm as we know nothing is at risk.
And yet. With such good actors, and a still competent direction, this season of Boy Meets Girl is, despite its poor script, pleasantly watchable. Definitely more of a digestive biscuit than a chili pepper, it may have to seriously consider what can it do to capture again some relevance before going for season three, but while we wait, there’s nothing wrong on watching it with a cuppa by your side.
Boy Meets Girl: Season 2 is available on DVD from 15th August 2016