Mayor Tom Kane’s grip on Chicago is as powerful as ever.
Kelsey Grammer in Boss: Season Two brings more excitement, backstabbing and political chess being played at the expense of the citizens of Chicago. Kelsey Grammer reprises his role as Mayor Tom Kane in a declining state of his psychological health while struggling to maintain a hold on his city. With the Mayor’s new assistants and old friends becoming enemies–assassination attempts and unrest are sprouting up all over the city. The second season of Boss is undeniably better than the first. Unfortunately, it seems the ratings for the program were not substantial enough for the series to receive a renewal for a third season, but this could be attributed to the show being aired on Starz instead of a more popular network channel (i.e. HBO or Showtime).
The strength of Lewy bodies is increasingly affecting Kane’s decision making skills, causing him to see and hear hallucinations, notably his first senior political adviser Ezra Miller (Martin Donovan). Not only is his political career at stake, but those in his personal life are sinking deeper into trouble, including his recovering addict daughter Emma (Hannah Ware) and his wife Meredith (Connie Nielsen) becoming a victim of an assassination attempt by an unidentified assailant. With two new members of his staff at his side, Mona Fredricks (Sanaa Lathan), his new chief of staff and Ian Todd (Jonathan Groff), an ambitious young man serving as Kane’s assistant, Kane’s personality and allegiance shifts between old and new friends and threatens his stranglehold of power and reason.
Season Two is packed full of excitement and emotion, more so than the previous season. New characters and dilemmas have been introduced to heighten the intrigue. Kane’s downward spiraling empire is fascinating to watch, wondering what could happen next for the mayor to oversee. As his symptoms worsen, it as if he becomes more human and even encouraging; a new side to him is revealed. The illness opens him to the stressed within his own city instead of shielding his eyes with the expected financial benefactors. All parties involved, while crooked, are still likable in some regard due to their complex natures and shifting allegiances with one another, showing that Boss knows how to handle character development.
Tip “T.I” Harris makes an appearance as Trey, a man with gang ties who now serves as an adviser to Alderman Ross (James Vincent Meredith). Harris’ performance is smooth and professional with a touch of sinister, and knows how to get the job done for the alderman. Todd and Lathan served in strong supporting roles this season. Kane’s tumultuous past is further explored in season two through his flashbacks and hallucinations involving Ezra.
Sadly for all the good things that can be said about this series, it didn’t reach enough Starz viewers to remain on the air.
Damn good show.
Boss – Season Two special features include:
- The King and His Court Featurette
The King and His Court is filled with appearances by multiple cast members discussing Mayor Tom Kane’s position and condition within the second season and their individual characters relationships to the mayor and their personal ambitions. The characters who appears righteous are shown to be, as in the case of Sam Miller (Troy Garity)–the chief editor of fictional newspaper “The Sentinel” has his own agenda mixed in with an ultimate goal.
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