The end of Ted Lasso, after three seasons and 34 episodes, has divided critics. Many have hailed the humor and finesse of AppleTV+’s award-winning comedy about an (American) football manager thrust into charge of a (European) football team in the UK. Some, like the British daily The Guardianon the other hand, felt that the saccharine show had lasted too long. ” Good riddance “writes, for example, the journalist Sian Cain, who shoots all over the place “the rotten jokes, the inane plot, the weak writing” of a series in the form of ” endurance test ” for the viewer – and this is still only the subject of the article.
We are, in fact, a long way from the “Lasso method” theorized at the end of the third season by a journalist who infiltrated the locker room with the aim of writing a book on the adventure of AFC Richmond (the English football club ).
The Lasso method, renamed the “Richmond method” because the coach with the mustache refuses to pull the blanket to him, is about discussion, respect and mutual aid. It is to place the collective above the individual. It is losing by doing your best rather than winning without merit. It is to consider the team as a family, which we must take care of like our loved ones because it is this “positive attitude” which, in the end, will bring the cup home. It is certain that we have seen sharper, especially after four seasons of Succession. But the sentimental trial of the series co-created by Bill Lawrence and Jason Sudeikis is unfair, and above all a bit dishonest.
Already because the narrative process of the series, which is basically to tell the story, as old as the world, of a “fish out of water”, is necessarily based on a reversal of stereotypes and a certain inversion of values . The trainer with very Rican enthusiasm but who knows nothing about soccermust lay low to be accepted by Richmond players.
Always effective humor
It is this position of humility, as well as its tendency to systematically hide its emotions, especially when they are negative, which structures management à la Lasso. Behind the coach’s Olympian calm, there is confidence in his players. Behind his smile, the refusal to show that he is worried or that he is suffering. And it works all the better because the Lasso method, which necessarily involves a part of male deconstruction, is applied to a sport renowned for its virilism and, in its worst expression, its racism and homophobia.
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