Nip/Tuck works like an ongoing Chuck Palahniuk novel.
In any other show the ludicrous twists and coincidences would cause the audience to groan, but since the first episode the world of Nip/Tuck has been established as outrageous and sensational. Fortunately for us the depth of the performances, character development, freedom of cable, and social commentary make this show a huge cut above a daytime soap. FX in an attempt to bring pay cable quality dramas to basic cable has just about overachieved. While I haven't had the chance to watch Rescue Me, The Shield and Nip/Tuck have elevated themselves to something special.
All sixteen episodes of the second season of Nip/Tuck were of the highest quality. Not a single one misfired or failed to drive the characters and story forward. Granted, the world of Nip/Tuck operates on its only set of rules that involve finding new ways of tormenting our beloved characters. It seems as if since the pilot McNamara, Troy, and the supporting characters have had an endless string of bad days and missteps in their lives. Yet unlike 24 where the soap opera elements take you out of story at hand and distract you from the primary elements of the show Nip/Tuck sucks you in and causes you to embrace the lurid twists and interconnectivity amongst the characters.
The season finale was breath taking. At first the revelation of Ava's true gender made me roll my eyes a bit, but after some thought it made sense. Her (his…) predatory nature throughout the season justified the twist, allowed it some sense and it also explains a lot about Adrian. Considering a deceitful former escort raised him he turned out to be what you'd expect. Not making the obvious choice of revealing him to be The Carver was a bold move and it opens up a lot of potential for season three.
You have to wonder if the Carver is going to be a known character from the past or a yet to be named sick bastard? Rule out Kimber despite the fact that she would know how to get into the living quarters of both McNamara and Troy and has used a knife on Christian before, the rape angle all but reduces it to a male unless the show wants to get silly. Then again it is Nip/Tuck, the use of a strap on wouldn't be too far fetched for the show.
It was a bit devastating watching Matt lose Ava even though s/he is the completely warped individual s/he turned out to be. You get the sense that Matt was really in love and was naive to Ava's true nature. Though was Matt present when they confronted Ava about the relationship with Adrian? If so I can't fathom why he'd stay with Ava after it was known that s/he molested Adrian at a young age. Then again love does crazy things to people.
I'd comment on Baldwin, or the arcs of Sean, Julia, or Christian, or how Joan Rivers wasn't all that bad and her story was handled well, but I've put enough thought into a TV show for now. Which goes to show how strong Nip/Tuck really is I can't recall ever getting this analytical about dramatic television.