The success story of the three amateur detectives continues in a dignified way.
At the beginning of the second season of Only Murders in the Building things don’t look good for Charles, Oliver and Mabel. A new mystery arises when neighbor Bunny Folger is found dead in Mabel’s apartment, and it appears the murder is intended to frame the latter. While most people would choose to wait in the shadows for everything to blow over, the three amateur detectives choose to take matters into their own hands to clear their names and find justice for Bunny.
We had to wait and see if a second season of Only Murders in the Building could live up to the high expectations created by the successful first season. Bunny Folger’s death seems less interesting at first glance than the murder of Tim Kono. The motive seems clear, because the victim was not loved, so the question is where this story can go. But with the introduction of new characters, secret passages through the Arconia hotel and again a connection with one of the main characters, the formula once again proves itself.
Only Murders in the Building is still the perfect combination of murder mystery and sitcom humor. The main characters are well developed and their strong dynamics bring things to life. In the main plot of season two, the focus shifts from Mabel to Charles, allowing us to learn more about his background. We are also introduced to three main characters: Charles’s near-daughter, a new date for Mabel, and podcast queen Cinda Canning’s assistant. While they all contribute at some point in the study, they could have been better integrated into the story.
Admittedly, the beginning of the Bunny Folger mystery is a bit messy. As a viewer you are sent in different directions, but each path leads to a dead end and the actual direction of the story seems to be lost. Fortunately, everything eventually comes together reasonably well. The solution is clever and even harks back to elements from the first season. In addition, the stakes are a lot higher this season, with Mabel being the prime suspect for most of the episodes, so the tone gets a little more serious, but the light-heartedness remains.
After a second season where there is little to criticize, we have to wait for season three. The setup is already there, with a new victim at the end of the second season. We seem to be able to assume that the plot of the third season will largely revolve around the main character who has been relatively little in the spotlight: theater director Oliver Putnam.
Only Murders in the Building can be seen on Disney+.