Unsurprisingly, I’m enjoying series 2 as much (or at least, almost as much) as series 1. I haven’t got loads to say about it beyond, that. I watched the first season in a big lump after it had finished airing, so it’s a different experience to be watching it week to week. I want to see what the story arc will be this time. A few observations, though (caution, will contain spoilers):
– Love the new probation worker – yet another rich, interesting, and utterly natural character. With the rate they go through them it would be easy for the probation workers to be quite samey, but they’re not. I love that he’s both on their side and a bit can’t-give-a-shit. I love that they’ve managed to convey that he does care about them – that he’s willing to stand up to the police for them, and that his attitude is thus a part of that. I wouldn’t say he gains their trust (we haven’t seen that yet) but he’s worthy of it, open to it, because he treats them as independent adults doing jobs that we all know none of them care that much about doing. I like that. I like him. I hope they do something with him. I’m glad he isn’t dead yet.
– Like the Mysterious Stranger plot. Intrigued that it’s turned out to be Simon. The stark bare plot that Alisha would fall for him because he protected her and is all mysterious and for some reason she can now touch him without her power coming into effect – it sounds pretty unlikely. And yet, they make it work. The actors make it work. The subtle differences in Simon make it work, without stopping it from being him – a more mature him, but still reserved and quiet, and still a bit creepy: stalking is still not a flattering way to show your affection! Alisha’s understandable dissatisfaction with how her power is affecting her life makes it work, too. I like that they’re lamp-shading how creepy and unpleasant her power is – how it makes her feel about how men regard her, and what it says about broader issues that the ‘pretty’ girl has been given a power like that in a superhero show. And yet those could still both be incredibly awkward and forced if the actor wasn’t pulling it off as well as she is.
– Not liking so much that Kelly and Nathan failed at getting it on. The scene was well-acted, but given the obvious chemistry and passion those two showed – and how interesting, wonderful, and different the arc of their relationship was – I’ll be really disappointed if it stops there. Obviously, having a stable relationship in TV land is virtually impossible, yet this was one that, if anything, was clearly never going to settle down into dullness. I hope it’s not the end of it.
And that’s about it, really. We’re still waiting to see the rest of the plot unfold. I’m sure we’ll look back and see things we missed.