Blu-ray Review: Insecure: The Complete First Season

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HBO's original comedy series Insecure is funny, touching, and thought provoking. Hard to ask for much more in a TV show. The complete first season is now available on Blu-ray and DVD, so now's the time to catch up if you missed it. The show centers on the professional and personal life of Issa Dee (Issa Rae, series co-creator). She works for a non-profit organization called We Got Y'all that serves underprivileged youth. Her live-in boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis) is a high tech pro who, at the series outset, is struggling to launch a new app. Issa and her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji) commiserate over relationship troubles.

The eight-episode season is exceptionally well acted. Issa Rae was nominated for a much-deserved Best Actress Golden Globe award for her nuanced work here. Rae makes Issa likable and relatable despite the series' brave choice to present her as a highly flawed young woman. She makes mistakes sometimes, act irrationally, and avoids falling into any sitcom cliche. Issa's entanglements with ex-boyfriend Daniel (Y'lan Noel) complicate her relationship with Lawrence, driving the series' narrative. Matching Rae beat-for-beat is Yvonne Orji, who makes an equally vivid impression as Molly, a lawyer who is perpetually unlucky in love.
 
Insecure S1 a.jpg Insecure has its roots in Rae's award-winning web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, which ran for two seasons between 2011 and 2013. Rae funded that series, which aired on executive producer Pharrell Williams' i Am Other YouTube channel, via a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. Like Rae's character J on Awkward Black Girl, Insecure's Issa deals with race-related issues while working through personal and professional uncertainties. There's as much drama laced throughout Insecure as comedy, giving the show a welcome depth. 

HBO Home Entertainment's Blu-ray includes a few special features: "Conjugal Visits" presents four minutes of interviews, "<i>Insecure</i>: In the Room" is a very short (two minutes) featurette, and "On the <i>Insecure</i> Set with Issa Rae" is a five-minute look at the show's shooting locations. 

HBO has renewed the series, with the second season set to begin July 23, 2017.
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Chaz Lipp is a Seattle-based freelance writer whose focus is music and film. As “The Other Chad,” he has written for the online magazine Blogcritics since 2008. When he’s not writing, Chaz can be found trolling jazz clubs, attempting to find somewhere to play his sax (whether anyone wants to hear…

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