The show deals with their personal struggles -- the family fallout that can come with coming out, balancing being there for your friends with doing what’s necessary for yourself, the hard parts of motherhood -- as well as the way that relationships can shift and twist. The second season sees Desna Simms (Niecy Nash), who runs the nail salon, dealing with Zlata Ostrovsky (Franka Potente), a Russian mobster who, even in the season's earliest episodes, has already proven herself a singular villain. She wears huge gold chains and forces subordinates to literally lick her boots, yes, but she’s also much more insidious, twisting feminist rhetoric to manipulate the women around her instead of empowering them as she promises.
There’s so much going on in Claws that it’s sometimes dizzying, but it’s hard to complain when it does so much of it so well. I’ve found myself laughing and crying within moments of each other, and the cast carries those shifts magnificently. Niecy Nash is a powerhouse, and when combined with Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes, Jenn Lyon, and Karrueche Tran, Claws becomes nigh unstoppable.