o-Season Two of Search Party gets darker. One could say, it goes full Jim Thompson. Or full Patricia Highsmith. Or one could compare it to the second half of Hitchcock's Psycho, when we find ourselves hoping Norman Bates doesn't get caught.
I'm trying to give you an idea of what kind of story this is without giving away any important plot twists. Let's just say at the conclusion of Season One, our kooky band of friends concludes their search for Chantal by doing something they would rather not have to answer questions about. And in Season Two, to keep that secret, they do things that could get them in a lot of trouble. And we wind up rooting for the villain.
But they're such lovable villains. Drew is so predictably clueless. Elliott never fails to exaggerate his own importance. Portia feels everything so deeply, even when she gets it wrong. And Dory, at the center of it all, is quiet, intuitive and decisive. We wonder why she puts up with them. These are the character types of comedy, and they are playing out some deadly business.
Update: see also Search Party (2016) and Search Party (2020).