Friday, September 3, 2021

Ted Lasso S2E7 "Headspace" Review: Ted Lasso Gets More Psychological

Release date: September 3, 2021
Running time: 38 minutes

With things turning around for Richmond, it’s time for everyone to work on their issues—like Ted’s discomfort, Nate’s confidence, and Roy’s attention.

So I don't normally do TV episode reviews, but I'm hooked on Ted Lasso so jumping on this hype train a little late but just as excited as anyone.  In Season 2 Episode 7, we get to see Richmond on a run of good form, but while the team is doing well, the individuals in the coaching staff are each figuring out their own issues.  Ted is finally starting to deal with some of the fallout of his divorce, Nate is starting to become more confident, Roy is dealing with balancing coaching and relationship, and Beard is just being normal Beard.  What is so wonderful about this episode and so infuriating is that you get to see all the characters you love in a completely different context.  Some it worked really well and others it was horribly frustrating.  Some characters went through pretty dramatic character shifts that I did not love, but then again this is Ted Lasso so I totally love the series.

If you're looking for a feel good episode, this one is not for you.  However, if you're looking for an episode that will start to stretch some of the character's personalities and lay the groundwork for what will very likely be an exciting and stressful finale, then this does that quite well.  However, the amount of soccer action in this episode is pretty low, and compounded by a scene where the show cuts away during the crucial moments of a match.  For a show about soccer, that made me sad but I guess it was to prove a point.  But overall, this episode gives you some new storylines, some added depth to the main coaches, and an important revelation that has been teased all season.

Watch it.
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