Bonding is still as tight as a rubber gimp suit in Season 2
First of all, if you’re looking for sexy thrills and fetishes, go somewhere else. Despite its title and reference to doms and subs and their accoutrements, Bonding is merely set in that world; the flesh of the series is the characters and their often complicated relationships with each other.
This was true of the first season (read my review here for background) and even more so in Season 2. Following a disastrous call-out in the Season 1 finale – and I use that word rather loosely because episodes are super-short bites of “dramedy” and somehow the word “finale” seems a bit over the top – our heroes Mistress May aka Tiff the grad student (Zoe Levin) and Pete the sidekick and standup comedian (Brendan Scanell) are in the dogbox … not ideal for the doms they are.
Season 2 has eight episodes (one more than before) that are over before you know it, and creator Rightor Doyle is still running the show, from writing to producing to directing.
This time around, the work side of things is downplayed and incidental (the penguins do make a brief appearance), although Tiff and Pete have to go back to dominatrix school to earn their redemption. Their personal lives are under the spotlight and we learn the outcome of their prom night, when Tiff confides in Portia (Gabrielle Ryan), who is the girlfriend of Pete’s roommate, Frank (Alex Hurt). Pete overhears the conversation, and this creates a rift between them.
Meanwhile, Pete’s standup is attracting the attention of a talent scout/agent and he decides to include Tiff’s no-longer-a-secret in his routine – on the one and only night she comes to the club to see him perform.
Their love lives now include significant others: Doug (Micah Stock) has been upgraded from college classmate to Tiff’s special friend, but she struggles to label him her boyfriend, even after 10 months; Josh (Theo Stockman) and Pete, who met in Season 1, are cosily serious, or seriously cosy – until Pete finds out at Josh’s work function that his boyfriend is still firmly locked in the closet.
All these events play out and develop over the season, which keeps things as tight as a rubber gimp suit and still manages to make us care. With most of the characters reaching resolutions, even Rolph (Matthew Wilkas) the German man-servant, this could be a wrap for Bonding.