Ok, so the GF and I just got done watching Season 2 for the first time ever - finished up the finale tonight (I had seen about half of season one...when it originally came out, but had never seen a single episode of season two before I got the DVD's).
Initial thoughts on season 2:
- Far less continuity to the plot, it seemed like things were tacked on at the last minute sometimes.
- Along the same lines, it wasn't just that there was more of a Sci-fi element, it was that they got to it far too quickly...no acclimation or anything - just bingo - wild, other-worldly transgenics - get used to 'em! It had no choice but to dominate the season, so we didn't get those great side-stories like we did in season 1 that developed the characters while giving us a break from Lydecker chasing everyone.
- I was all set for a three-sided fight - with Madame X (and therefore the breeding wierdos) losing control of Manticore, I figured that Lydecker would be back in the picture, and you'd end up with the X5's, Cult crazies, and Manticore all fighting one another, with the inevitable intrigue and tenuous alliances that would result. None of that materialized.
- The virus thing went on tooooo long. The whole season? Really? I understand that they wanted to keep the Max-Logan tension, but there could have been other ways to do it - it was kind of the easy way out. They got off to a great start with the scientist that ran away - but then we didn't get too much more.
There were some bright spots:
- Alec was a fabulous addition. We lost most of that great dialogue between Logan and Max, but got some of it back with Alec.
- Ames White is no Lydecker, but by mid-season, he was actually more relentless - because of that, they did a really good job in Season 2 of putting Max into more impossibly difficult situations, so I think that there was more suspense (but at the expense of the storyline).
- For better or worse - they forced us in a completely different direction that was out of our comfort zone, and captured that kind of "out of control" feeling that someone in that situation would have really had. Where season 1 gave you time to digest everything, season 2 pushed you along at a sometimes frenetic pace, just as the characters were pushed along into continuously escalating situations.
That being said - Season 1 was far superior. Everything fit together perfectly, and we were far more focused on the main characters than the situation itself - and it is far more satisfying to relate to people than to the environment.
My feeling was that I wasn't done with the X5's, with Lydecker, the crew at Jam Pony, or with the "Moonlighting-like" dynamic between Max and Logan...but all of those things were gone in season 2.
There was a good bit of irony in the fact that in Season 1, Logan is obsessed with saving the world and Max is more concerned with her own life.....then in Season 2, Max ends up having to save the world, while Logan is more concerned with his personal life (his relationship with Max, basically) - so the role-reversal is interesting, but it all happened so quickly, that it never really develops, it just happens.
Favorite episode had to be Berrisford Agenda - it was like we were back in season one again.