The question from the start has been how sustainable the premise is. Not that it can’t change, but if it does change, is there a plan? Is it a good plan?
The first season pulled it off, it provided a lot of twists and a clever reveal. But the whole premise is still so unconventional, a great first season is only that: a great first season. My hopes for the show are based on the talent involved, there’s nothing specifically about where the first season took the narrative that guarantees future success.
So I’m right back to a cautious “well that was pretty fun, but I hope they’ve got a plan”, and the season two premier leaves me in exactly the same place I was 45 minutes ago. That was pretty fun, but I hope they’ve got a plan. Was that a quick episode to change course slightly from the plan Eleanor put together in last season’s finale? Was that the new structure of the show—are they going to reset every week? Are they going to reset several times and then throw us a different curveball right when we think we understand the pattern for season two? Who knows! All of those possibilities could be excellent, and all of them could be missteps. I suspect the premiere will sort of show you what you want to see. If you think it’s in danger of getting stale, you might still be worried. If you think it’s brilliant the way it keeps changing things up, you might feel excited.