Ryan Murphy has carved a career as a superproducer. From Popular to 9-1-1, Murphy just seems to have the magic in him.
Some series, however, tend to fare better from a hands-off approach vs a hands-on. Anyone of you who has watched Ryan series will tell you sometimes that they tend to lose the plot.
For some reason, Ryan Murphy does amazingly with the one season stories, but any longer character continuity tends to unravel quickly or is retconned.
Eventually, the fans are left frustrated and with a confusing mess at their feet. Ryan’s first Netflix series The Politician didn’t even last one season before it kind of imploded.
Still, the season was popular enough that the second season of The Politician was ordered.
The Politician is a mess. Many of the reviews largely agree to this. Whether or not you enjoy it depends on your tolerance for some rich people behaving badly amidst a stylish backdrop and twists that, while shocking, don’t make a lot of sense. The thing is, The Politician could use that to build up their next season.
Riverdale and Elite series that both use a narrative which is very twisty, and tells a story of wealthy behaving scandalously are great examples of this.
Riverdale leans into the camp and the insanity, trying to outdo itself in terms of sheer WTF moments. Elite meanwhile, has the twists, but it is deftly crafted and handled.
Honestly out of the two, Riverdale is probably the best for The Politician. Listen to the Politician, assassination attempts are the norm for a high school presidential election.
You have crossed a line there, people. You cannot go back to an Elite level of storytelling.
The Politician season 2 cannot be fixed. When a Murphy series gets messed up, then it cannot be fixed.