Legit, Ep 1.02: “Dreams” puts more of the show’s strengths forward, balancing humour with heartfelt moments

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Dan Bakkedahl and Mindy Sterling
Dan Bakkedahl and Mindy Sterling

Legit, Season 1, Episode 2: “Dreams”
Written by Peter O’Fallon, Jim Jefferies, and Rick Cleveland
Directed by Peter O’Fallon
Airs Thursdays at 10:30pm (ET) on FX

The second episode continues the sure footing the show displayed in its first week. While the early joke with the dog was somewhat predictable, it still landed effectively. It’s to the credit of the show that it doesn’t paint Jefferies as a lothario or particularly successful, yet not an outright loser or failure either; his portrayal is lent an air of authenticity as a result, and credit must be given to the writers for not choosing to have Jefferies simply sleep with or be rejected by the dog’s owner, and instead use it as an opportunity to further illustrate his lack of awareness.

The show also manages to do what many fail at; be successfully edgy without crossing over into tastelessness. While the pilot episode involves a trip to a brothel and this week’s episode likewise deals with a Hangover-esque escapade, the show manages to keep the viewers interested in these characters. The only person who seems to get the short end of the stick so far is Janice, who is not really given any humanising moments the way the rest of the characters, even Ramona, have gotten to date. However, the idea posed at the end, that Legit is as much a show about Billy’s growth as it is about Jim’s, is very promising.

– Deepayan Sengupta

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