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How the world fell under the spell of Ted Lasso


Second season Apple Ted Lasso from TV + is here. Based on his own character Jason Sudeikis, who he created to promote NBC’s coverage of the English Premier League, Ted Lasso, designed by Bill Lawrence, Sudeikis, Joe Kelly and Brendan Hunt, follows American football coach Lasso hired by an English footballer. the team is called AFC Richmond.

That Lasso doesn’t have an ounce of sports experience to train is part of the show’s strange charm.

The series turned out to be a balm for many suffering souls after the world had to go through pandemic for several months now. So it’s not just that it was the television equivalent of a chocolate soufflé, its first season also fell at the perfect time, and millions of people around the world have found relief from all the suffering and pain that pervades the world.

It was sunny, upbeat, and left the audience with a fuzzy feeling that they had spent half an hour with a kitten or puppy – the perfect antidote to doom and gloom.

Skeptical at first, I saw almost everyone I knew who watched American / British television gradually succumb to its compelling appeal.

While there are many ingredients that make Teda Lasso a sumptuous feast – his stunning supporting cast, well-drawn characters, a sense of sincerity and emotion without any cloying – but the titular character is undoubtedly the show’s most valuable player. …

It would be wrong to call it “fish out of water” because the fish is out of its depth on land, hence the expression. Ted looks like this, or at least pretends that he belongs here. This is when he knows nothing about football or football, as the Americans call it.

One would think that he is just another middle-aged man from the Midwest – the village idiot that we Indians know very well. Indeed, this is how other characters react to him, especially the players he has to train – bewilderment, even mild disgust. What does the Yankees do to teach football to professional English players? But like skeptical viewers like me, Ted Lasso, like his show of the same name, soon conquers them.

How?

Just be different. Unlike others in similar leadership positions, he prefers not to intimidate anyone. He also does not initially care whether the team loses or wins. He does not have the necessary knowledge of the game or its rules. What he has is an almost superhuman level of emotional intelligence and kindness.

This is why he is able to convert even scoffers like Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) into lassoism, and subtly manipulates him to be kind and empathetic, albeit reluctantly.

In this respect, Lasso is a unique protagonist of the comedy series. He did not “wake up” as such. He is probably not familiar with the theory of social justice and third wave feminism, and does not utter statements. Nelson Mandela or Gloria Steinem. He is probably not very educated, which again reinforces the “village idiot” stereotype that we Indians recognize. But because of the great amount of compassion and humble modesty that he possesses, he makes it almost impossible not to love him.

Ted Lasso is proof that kindness continues to figure prominently in our increasingly cynical world. It is still performing its functions.



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