So one of last year’s most divisive shows returns, and improved in many respects.
Sure, it’s helmed by one of the most hated “writers” in Hollywood, but I’m interested enough in this world to watch the ramifications of 2% of the world’s population suddenly disappearing.
Season 2 kicked off last night and it already feels like a different show, but don’t call it a reboot. Granted, there is a completely new setting (Texas), a completely new intro and theme song (the overly dramatic Sistine Chapel sequence was just a wee bit too much; now it’s much more everyday and folksy), and the first episode seems to introduce an entirely new cast, even though the credits still have all the season 1 regulars. Hell, you don’t even see a familiar face until halfway through the episode.
But everything else fresh and new and mysterious. The setting is really promising, a town that experienced no vanishings. Apparently the only town of its type. As such, it has become a pilgrimage for people the world over, as well as a national park.
What would that do to the people that lived there? That believed they were special and spared for a reason? And what will they do to defend it?
Moreover, it’s nice that every person is not horribly depressed and emotionally broken this year. That was a big reason why a lot of people tuned out. But after the catharsis of last season’s events, they’ve finally moved on.
But just when things seem to be finally settling down, an event at the end kicks off what is sure to be a huge upheaval. I’m looking forward to it.