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    ^ I've been uncertain about starting it. As much as I loved season 1, it traumatized me a little. Maybe I can ease into it with one episode every couple of weeks...
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    If it helps, the first season was very existentially bleak. This season is more gritty bleak, like "crime drama" bleak. Not really visible blood or bodies at this point, but some people do some violent things to each other (some off-camera).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    If it helps, the first season was very existentially bleak. This season is more gritty bleak, like "crime drama" bleak. Not really visible blood or bodies at this point, but some people do some violent things to each other (some off-camera).
    That's really reassuring, because it was the existential bleakness that got to me last season. (Didn't help that the bleakest character spoke my enneagram 1 language whenever he was being bleak.) Some of the season 2 taglines seemed existential, so I wasn't sure whether that would play out similarly.
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    It was a good setup. I like where it's going.

    What stood out to me:

    McAdams' dad basically blew up her spot with the Tsar Bomba. The whole episode could have been his deconstruction of her entire psyche/life on repeat and I would have considered the episode a success.

    Everyone is apparently able to drink obscene amounts of alcohol and still arrive safely to their destination.



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    Heh. I admit, I was kind of shocked that Farrell actually arrived at the closing scene... And Morse is great. I'm really curious to see how all that factors into things.

    And how the "sneakers" incident has repercussions. Seriously, didn't he leave a call-in trail a mile long on that, or did he go through any backdoors? He's pretty traceable.

    ... but I like the characters that were established. I like that McAdams is showing restraint in a part that would be too easy to let run to the extreme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    ^ I've been uncertain about starting it. As much as I loved season 1, it traumatized me a little. Maybe I can ease into it with one episode every couple of weeks...
    Why?

    I had the opposite reaction. I loved season 1 so much that I cannot possibly ever see it being topped by subsequent seasons.


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    ^that's me. I loved season 1 so much that I have Lowered Expectations™ for any subsequent seasons, so I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy this one. I know the AV Club reviewer was disappointed because it lacks that "buddy cop" vibe that the two leads gave the first season, but I think it was a smart move not to go that way again since it would inevitably compare unfavorably to season 1. At least if he goes in a pretty different direction like it seems he has, it'll be apples & oranges.
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    Although I hope there's SOMETHING for the internet to latch onto and go crazy researching a la the Yellow King this season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    Why?

    I had the opposite reaction. I loved season 1 so much that I cannot possibly ever see it being topped by subsequent seasons.
    I'm not uncertain about the quality -- I agree with you that season 1 most likely can't be topped. But I'm uncertain about the emotional impact. Like I said, it was traumatizing.

    But if Jen is correct and it won't be quite as bleak as season 1, then I'm not as concerned.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Although I hope there's SOMETHING for the internet to latch onto and go crazy researching a la the Yellow King this season.
    Totally agree. I love that sort of thing. Part of the reason why I miss "LOST", and why I'm excited for Twin Peaks season 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    ^that's me. I loved season 1 so much that I have Lowered Expectations™ for any subsequent seasons, so I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy this one. I know the AV Club reviewer was disappointed because it lacks that "buddy cop" vibe that the two leads gave the first season, but I think it was a smart move not to go that way again since it would inevitably compare unfavorably to season 1. At least if he goes in a pretty different direction like it seems he has, it'll be apples & oranges.
    Yes. I like that it already feels different. If it were too thematically similar and felt too parallel to the prior season in terms of structure I think it would have been less successful any way you evaluated it; critically, artistically, suspense-wise, etc. Creating the separation will help this season be its own thing.



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