The Club season 2 review: An extremely slow pace hurts this rich melodrama

In The Club season 2, a notorious contractor sets his eyes on Club Istanbul while Raşel struggles to raise a daughter and feel accepted. The second season is now streaming on Netflix.


Fikret Kayalı, a popular contractor known for buying lots of land and throwing people out of their houses, is keenly interested in Club Istanbul.

Çelebi, right now, is waiting for Orhan’s absence to be declared so that they can buy the club for themselves. He has been saving a lot of money.

However, things become difficult when Fikret kills the loan shark who has Çelebi’s money and starts finding ways to bend Çelebi to his will, even if it means destroying the club’s business.

Raşel, on the other hand, is struggling to raise her daughter on her own. Her loneliness might force her to make decisions that she will regret later on.

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The Club season 2 comes back with power-packed performances. Asude Kalebek, especially, shines the most, considering the character development her character, Raşel, goes through. One gets sad about how lonely Raşel is despite the flaws she has, and the viewers will just want to give the character a hug.

Baris Arduç, as İsmet, makes many mature decisions in the show, except one or two. Though Arduç’s character expresses that he might not be a great father, he proves to be one, and Arduç’s performance further solidifies that.

Ada Erma, who plays Rânâ, also impresses by giving the right reactions to the various scenes unfolding before the little girl.

Gökçe Bahadir, as Matilda, and Firat Tanis, as Çelebi, give viewers a wholesome relationship, whereas Halil Babür, as Fikret, brings a heinous threat to the club. Lastly, the supporting cast also excels at portraying the different kinds of characters the show has.


The second season of The Club continues to deliver 1950s aesthetics and sets that manage to transport viewers back in time. It also creates the right environment outside and inside the club that comes with the political climate change in Istanbul.

The series is very good when it comes to capturing the emotions of human beings. Let it be Rânâ staring at her father on the stairs or watching her grandmother in another house.

One can easily understand what must be going on in their minds during these scenes, and the camera work is to be heavily credited here. There are many such scenes that make the melodrama work, apart from the strong performances.

The different sets of imperfect characters that the show introduces keep the show fresh. Their backstories, motives, and the choices that they make will have the viewers hooked.


The Club has an extremely slow pace. The show is not always happening either. A viewer won’t always find a new turn in the story all the time.

They will have to wait a lot for it because the show spends way too much time presenting an emotion in a scene. Sometimes it’s heartwarming, but other times it’s frustrating.

Also, there is a long gap between acts and their follow-up acts. One may also have to wait for the next episode to find out the conclusion of a certain act. Hence, these gaps, accompanied by the slow pace, can make the show hard to watch for some viewers.


The second season of The Club is high on melodrama, packed with commendable performances and character developments, and has a great plot. The slogging pace and length are a big problem in this otherwise intriguing drama.

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Director: Zeynep Gunay, Seren Yüce

Date Created: 2023-09-15 12:30

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