The Man in the High Castle: Season 2 – A Review

Hey guys!
With season 3 of The Man in the High Castle on our doorstep, it was about time I finished #2. So let’s see whether it’s any good!

 

The Plot:
In this season, Joe finds out more about his past while John Smith has to deal with a plot against Hitler. Juliana is still trying to find out what the movies of the man in the high castle mean as the world falls apart…

 

The Rating:
You might know my review on the novel and that I was less than impressed by Philip K. Dick. I had expected to much more. And this show finally delivers. Season 1 built up to many of the fascinating moments in season 2.
I love that we dive deeper into the characters’ life and souls which makes the whole thing even more interesting. In this show nothing is just black and white. Even the worst monster has a humane side. The side plot with Smith’s family was very moving and extremely conflicting. There are many plot twist you won’t see coming and I can’t wait to see where season 3 will take us in that regard. Continue reading

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13 Reasons Why: Season 2 – A Review

Hello my lovely readers!
The second season of teen drama 13 Reasons Why was one of the most anticipated releases of 2018. So let’s see whether it can keep up with season 1!

 

The Plot:
Hannah is dead. Nothing can bring her back, but it’s not over yet. In this season we follow the trial as it moves to court. Many more dark details come to light and pressure on everybody involved increases. Some are not coping too well…

 

The Rating:
This season is certainly intense. It was very touching, but I have a few problems with it.
First of all, you can tell that the book the show is based on ended after season 1. At times it felt like they were either re-heating stuff we already know or coming up with something new that doesn’t really match with the previous stuff 100%. My biggest issue is that most of the time, the show is trying too hard. There is so much drama and awful stuff going on. With every episode that is even more stuff that’s supposed to hit you hard and  shake you to the core. However, they just overdid it and you reach a point where it’s first of all not credible anymore but it’s also somewhat emotionally blunting. They are addressing so many important issues but it’s just too much to take it all in. Continue reading

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2 – A Review

Hello my lovely readers!
The second season of The Handmaid’s Tale concluded in July. However, as I was travelling throughout summer, it took me until now to catch up! So let’s see what it’s all about…

 

The Plot:
In this season a pregnant June plans her escape. We enter this season with tons of unanswered questions: will she make it to Canada? What happens to her daughter Hannah? What about all those who help her and put themselves at risk?

 

The Rating:
Wow. Season 2 is intense. As I’ve mentioned above, there are many questions to be answered and believe me, those answers hurt like hell.
As usual, Elisabeth Moss is absolutely stunning. Her performance is outstanding and deeply moving. The story gets even more uncomfortable as it was in the first season and I ended up in tears several times. The scariest part of it all is how realistic it feels, like this could easily happen here too.
Another amazing performance I’d like to mention was given by Yvonne Strahovski. So far, I hadn’t been a huge fan of her, as she never managed to get any emotion across to me. However, in this show she definitely stepped up with her acting skills. The third round of praise goes out to Alexis Bledel who also was an important factor in making this season so frightening. She gave me goosebumps all the way! Continue reading

Lucifer: Season 2 – A Review

Hey Guys!
I’m currently catching up with the show Lucifer. It was cancelled recently after the third season, however, I just finished #2. So let’s talk about it!

 

The Plot:
Our dear Lucifer really has a lot on his plate this time. Not only is he helping Detective Chloe Decker to solve some cases. He also has to deal with his mother who escaped from hell. And how does God chime in on the whole thing?

 

The Rating:
Lucifer is the kind of show you either love or hate. It has a weird sense of humor, some supernatural stuff, it touches a few philosophical aspects while looking a bit like CSI sidekick.
I am definitely on the love side of things. First of all, Tom Ellis is just divine (see what I did there 😉 ?). His portrayal of Lucifer is charming and funny but also dark and deep. He manages to keep you interested in the character, desperate to find out more about him. Continue reading

Stranger Things: Season 2 – A Review

Hey guys!
The more reviews I write, the more I realize how behind I am on the latest seasons. Stranger Things season 3 is coming out soon(ish), so it’s about time I share my two cents on season 2!

 

The Plot:
Everybody is trying to come to terms with the events of season 1. But the horror is far from over. Will may be back, but is certainly not okay. What’s going on in the Upside Down? And where is Eleven?

The Rating:
Stranger Things is one of the best shows currently out there.
The second season may not be as 100 % brilliant as the first one, but for me it’s at about 98 %. That’s certainly something I can live with.
I was beyond excited to see what the show runners had in store for us with season 2. There are many surprises and plot turns I hadn’t seen coming (but also some I had hoped for). The story remains intricate and capturing, so season 3 promises to be interesting as well. Continue reading

A Series of Unfortunate Events – Season 2

Hello my lovely readers!
On 30th March Netflix finally released the long-awaited second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The 10 episodes cover the novels 5 to 9 of Daniel Handler’s famous series. Let’s see whether the second season is as good as the first one!

 

The Plot:
At the end of the last season, the Beaudelairs made it to Prufrock Preparatory School. So, in the first two episodes the orphans try to get as comfortable was possible which is certainly a challenge, especially when Count Olaf returns. Violet, Klaus and Sunny try to escape his clutches and figure out the mystery surrounding their parents. They have to deal with an ersatz elevator, a vile village, a hostile hospital and a carnivorous carnival. However, their series of unfortunate events is far from over…

 

The Rating:
Although I was very excited about this season, I had my troubles getting back in. A Series of Unfortunate Events is the of show that requires a certain mood to watch, otherwise the whole thing can get on your nerves pretty easily. However, after the first to episodes I was back in the game and binge-watching. Continue reading