Rutherford Falls went through a historical identity crisis in season one. Season two, the town and the residents go through changes that only enhance the appeal of the show. This new season is about redemption, self discovery, and embracing a community rich in comedic shenanigans. From pretendians to tribal bureaucracy and even a jab at a popular television show, season two is a wild ride without losing any of its charm.
Ed Helms and Jana Schmieding return to Rutherford Falls to bring a new chapter to life for Nathan and Reagan. Michael Greyeyes, Jesse Leigh, and Dustin Milligan return not only to support but to enhance the town’s rebranding. Dana L. Wilson also returns as Mayor Deirdre Chisenhall along with many familiar faces as well as some new ones.
From Nathan’s return to Reagan’s continued resilience, Rutherford Falls has some surprising twists to throw at them. In a way, the two have switched places. Reagan is still trying to prove herself to her community but this season, Nathan is more supportive.
Reagan’s journey gives us a glimpse into what it’s like to be a tribal citizen and the hoops they have to go through to get things done. She makes a move that will impact her future and hopefully give her cool points with her peers … you know … Wayne (Bobby Wilson) and Sally (Julia Jones). Those guys know how to throw a Halloween Party!
There’s also love in the air for Reagan this season, but it’s not with Josh (Milligan). However, Reagan hasn’t forgotten about Josh. They’re still friends. If you recall, the only reason they broke up is because Josh insisted on doing a story on Nathan. That story turned into a podcast that paints Nathan in a bad light. And may be the reason Nathan changes his tune.
There may be love for Nathan as well. He was involved with Deirdre before he left town. Will they pick up where they left off? And he can’t forget about Miss Fish (Beth Stelling) because she won’t let him. In the end, Nathan gets a big surprise that will change his life forever.
Terry (Greyeyes) is more determined than ever to make his plans succeed, but still finds opposition. This time it’s in Minishonka citizen Feather Day, played by Kaniehtiio Horn. Terry is in rare form when faced with opposition. There is no length he won’t go to. Terry pulls out all the stops when he’s trying to win. His storyline gives us the chance to see the many layers of Terry Thomas. And Michael Greyeyes can dance!
Another newcomer to the series is Dallas Goldtooth who plays Nelson. Nelson is Reagan’s assistant curator who doesn’t start off on the right foot with Reagan. But he’s a good guy who helps her out when she needs it the most.
The star this season is Bobby Yang (Leigh)! Bobby goes on a journey of self discovery. Bobby really turns on the charm this season. I don’t want to give away too much, but Bobby shines brighter than anyone this season and it’s immaculate!
As an Indigenous viewer, I was more interested in seeing Native people portrayed as real people in season one. I got that. Now I want to see how the Indigenous characters progress. And how their lives are unique and different from other characters we see on television. Season two gives me that. The Native characters are still relatable and refreshing to watch. They are put in situations that are all too real for some Indigenous people. From dealing with tribal politics to fighting at parties, all of it is familiar to me.
For the non-Native viewer, I believe you will see the charm in the story. This season isn’t so centered on Nathan and Reagan’s stories. Season two expands the rest of the cast and how their daily lives affect each other. Each story moves the characters forward into new and unfamiliar situations, that gives them an opportunity to grow. All without changing the comedy formula that worked in season one.
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