I'm going to begin my inevitable return to Shondaland with a congratulations to Ms. Viola Davis for her historic and overdue Emmy win. Her win and her speech and her overall awesomeness are the main reason I'm bothering with Season 2 of How to Get Away with Murder, which - I must admit - has started off rather well.
That being said, so did Season 1.
Y'all, Annalise really needs to get her world in order. She is, quite literally, drowning in bodies and surrounded by idiot murderers. I mean, her deceased hubby Sam had his mistress murdered. Then Annalise's students accidentally murdered Sam, in defense of Wes's drug-dealing girlfriend Rebecca. The at the end of Season 1, someone murders Rebecca.
Season 2 picks up where Season 1 left off, letting us know fairly quickly the Bonnie the Blonde Lawyer thought it would be a genius idea to kill Rebecca and leave her corpse in the basement. Luckily, Annalise and Frank, her hitter/killer/hacker for hire associate, are smart and quick enough to pretend one of the Keating Five let Rebecca go, while disposing of the body (correctly this time).
Meanwhile, Annalise is trying to get Nate out of jail and free of his murder charge. To do so, she calls up someone who specializes in such cases. Turns out, it's an ex-girlfriend from college (Eve Rothlo, portrayed by Famke Janssen), and while I'm all for Annalise being bisexual, having Famke Janssen on the show is a lot like having Lisa Kudrow show up on Scandal - it's stunt casting. People keep talking about the steaminess of their sex scene and the raw chemistry between the two - I wasn't buying all of it, but I was glad to see Annalise actually seem happy with a lover for a change, rather than manipulative or inexplicably needy. It would appear she prefers the company of a woman (I mean, who wouldn't?). That being said, I think a Latina (like Rosie Perez) or Asian actress (like Tamlyn Tomita) would've been great for the role of Eve.
Eve successfully gets Nate off the murder charge, however, she does it by really cutting into Annalise on the stand. After all, Annalise did leave her for Sam, and I think we can all agree that none of us will ever forgive that. Since the DA's office also has it out for Annalise, the judge, quite understandably, wonders allowed who's on trial here: Annalise or Nate?
Both go free, but Annalise still has to deal with her newest train-wreck clients; an adopted brother and sister accused of killing their blindingly rich parents. Though the son is black and the daughter Asian, they have this odd, quiet, incestuous-type relationship that makes you just wanna hop into the nearest shower and turn the hot water on full blast.
Miss "Prom Queen" of the infamous Keating Five is officially BFFs with Connor, which I like, but she's also fallen prey to the tragic-taste-in-men trope with I find annoying. This is fucking Michaela Pratt: a dark chocolate bombshell in law school. In real life, someone with her personality, self-confidence, sense of style, and sharp intelligence would be able to manage a decent dating life. I get that her disastrous engagement to Aidan the Closet Case has left her rattled (hitting on yet another gay man in the bar this season didn't help either), but come on, girl - get over it. Go out of town for the weekend, find a nice clean bar, pick up a cutie, knock back a few shots, and make some pleasant new memories. How hard is that?
Another problem I'm seeing with Michaela is the same Pairing Problem du Jour: Aidan and the Gay Guy in the Bar are both black; yet the guy who finally shows interest in her is not only possibly a friend of Rebecca's trying to track her down, but he's also white.
Seriously, ABC, stop pairing every woman of color with either a white guy or a white woman. Believe or not, men and women of color are typically the first choice for like 90% of us. When Laurel (Karla Souza) was briefly dating Khan (Arjun Gupta), I was like, "Cool...a Latina and an Indian guy." But that perfectly healthy combo was torpedoed because Laurel couldn't seem to get over Frank the White Dude. Lame.
Anyways, last season Sam Keating's murder was the centerpiece of the show, given to us via flashback. This season, Annalise herself is the one lying in pool of blood on the floor with her idiot students panicking above her. Unlike most viewers, I'm not surprised; I expected it sooner or later in the series, but not so soon. Even so, this season appears to be fairly interesting thus far.