Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of Issa Rae. I’ve been watching Insecure since season one and I’ve been consuming as much of her content as I can ever since. So now that season four is out, I’m putting out episode recaps/reviews every Monday – new episodes premiere Sundays at 10 pm on HBO. Please keep in mind, these reviews will be FULL of spoilers and I would love feedback/comments on how y’all felt about each episode! Let’s get into it:
If you’re anything like me, you watched the trailer for season four no less than 50 times. So I was shocked when I saw that the whole trailer is essentially clips from episode one!! Basically we’re going into this season blind now that the first episode has passed. I’m here for it. And I’m super hype that we’re getting 10 EPISODES! Woo! Now we just have to work on getting these up to an hour. Also, the music in this episode was on point as always. I will be listening to the playlists on Spotify every week.
The season starts with Issa lying on her couch and saying “Honestly, I don’t fuck with Molly anymore” while on the phone with someone – we don’t know who the someone is. And I think the first episode set us up for the tension between Issa and Molly perfectly. Molly made several little snide comments to or about Issa throughout the first episode. I didn’t catch it the first time I watched, but the second time I was like Oh, Molly really isn’t fucking with Issa like that. Is she tired of her messiness? Is she jealous of Condola being her new friend?
Can we talk about Issa and Condola? It was so awkward to see the moment when they found out that Condola is dating Lawrence, who is Issa’s ex. If I were Issa, I would keep working with Condola – because to be honest she can’t really do this block party without her – and then I’d either cut it off or keep it strictly professional with her after the party is over. It’s weird. Issa and Lawrence already have the same group of friends, so she’ll see her either way. I’m sure it’s not going to work out that way because Issa is kind of a mess, but maybe we’ll see some growth this season.
Speaking of growth, Molly and Andrew (aka Asian Bae) are hitting it off! The bowling scene was adorable, and they looked so cute together. I’m glad she got over her aversion to interracial dating. I didn’t really understand why she would want to be done with him because he’s dating other people though. In my opinion, if you haven’t decided to be in a committed relationship with the other person, you can date as many people as you want. And it’s only been a month? She needs to relax. I really want to see Molly in a healthy relationship. I hope she doesn’t mess this up.
Kelli and Tiffany were excellent as well. Kelli is easily the funniest person on the show, and her racy sense of humor is always fun to watch, especially when it’s paired with Issa’s brother Ahmal. Tiffany is sort of the polar opposite of Kelli but still very funny; seeing her walk off so casually after Issa and Condola learned about Lawrence was hilarious to me. I’d love to see them get their own episode one day. I’m so curious about what they’re doing when Molly and Issa aren’t around.
The sex scenes came in full force in the first episode – three sex scenes in 35 minutes. The most memorable (and sweaty) one had to be between Issa and her new and enlarged TSA bae. I don’t even wanna know how this happened or who’s responsible for it. I just want it to end. I’m still part of the group of people who wants to see Daniel and Issa walk into the sunset together. I don’t want her and Lawrence back together at all. I’m not really interested in seeing Nathan, but I’m sure he’ll pop up somewhere during this season. Maybe the focus will be on Molly’s love life instead this season; Issa has a lot going on with this block party, so maybe she won’t have time to date.
Overall I think this was a great setup! We’ve got 9 more episodes to go, so I’m ready to see how it plays out. Will Issa and Condola stay friends? Who will be Issa’s love interest this season? Will she have a love interest, or will she be focused on the block party? Will she be able to pull off this block party? Will Andrew and Molly make it official? Why aren’t Issa and Molly talking??!
What’d you guys think of the first episode of the season? Where do you think this season will go? Would you stay friends with Condola if you were Issa? Let me know in the comments!