February 21, 2024

After a great first season Shadow and BoneIt’s safe to say that expectations were high when the series was renewed, and I fully expected to love Season 2. Unfortunately, the promising first episodes quickly give way to a muddled sophomore effort that crams in too many stories at once and gives it away. too much, too fast.

While season 1 did a great job of combining Leigh Bardugonews, Shadow and Bone and Six crowsSeason 2 dives into the plots of no less than six of his Grishaverse works, except for one Shadow and Bone but the other two books in the trilogy, The storm and the siege and Catastrophe and ascensionBoth Crows books, Six crows and Crooked Kingdomas well as parts The king of scars and Lives of the Saints. While these are all wonderful books (especially the Crows duology), it’s a shame that the stories are combined into one season, which leaves little time to fully appreciate what’s going on in one plot before it’s taken to a completely different one. .


That’s not to say that Season 2 isn’t made for some truly wonderful scenes. of darkness (Ben Barnes) is an epic and badass comeback. He’s the villain of the story, but it’s hard not to get excited that he didn’t die from a volcra attack at the end of Season 1. He’s more menacing and disturbed than ever, and he’s hell-bent on it. revenge Even then, Barnes’ portrayal has a hint of humanity that almost makes you root for him, even when he’s doing terrible things. Like other iconic villains – Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) in Black Panther comes to mind — you understand where Kirigan is coming from and what he’s trying to achieve, even if his methods can get a little creepy. Barnes is having fun with this role, and it’s electric to watch. The Darkling is, in short, one of the highlights of the season. It’s really badass, and the fans are sure to eat it up.

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Ben Barnes as The Darkling in Shadow & Bone Season 2
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There is, of course, the main star of the show, Alina (Jessie Mei Li). After learning to harness her power in the first season, she’s hungry for more. This season he’s looking not only for Morozova’s legendary amps, but for two, Sea Whip and Firebird. When he learns that the Darkling has survived, he is even more determined to take down the Fold and defeat him once and for all. His confidence has grown – to an almost alien level – and he is now reunited with his childhood friend and true love, Mal (Archie Renaux), is stronger than ever. He is a believable protagonist, but the more colorful characters around him sometimes overshadow his presence.

New characters for the season include the privateer and adventurer Sturmhond, Prince Nikolai (aka) of Ravka.Patrick Gibson), as well as the Tolya warrior twins (Lewis Tan) and Tamar (Anna Leong Brophy). Each entry in the series makes you want to cheer; they are perfectly cast, almost as you have probably imagined them in the books. As the story progresses, however, there is a bit of overacting, which is to be expected in a fantasy series, but at certain points, it distracts from the story; and with everything going on this season, distraction doesn’t have to be. good thing In fact, it’s hard to even sum up Season 2 because there’s so much going on. Alina and Mal team up with Nikolai, Tolya, Tamar and others to try to find the last two amplifiers and defeat the Darkling. At the same time, Kirigan is building his own army of Grisha and using the deadly shadow monsters he created in the Fold. nichevo’ya.

Danielle Galligan: Nina Zenik, Freddy Carter Kaz Brekker, Amita Suman Inej Ghafa, Kit Young Jesper Fahey and Jack Wolfe Wylan Hendricks in Shadow & Bone Season 2
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Meanwhile, in Ketterdam, our beloved Crows are fighting for control of the Barrel, while at the same time pulling off another heist from the Sun Summoner. When we last saw the Crows, they were back at home, and it’s one of those moments to cheer for a return to the series. Of course, they wouldn’t be the Crows if there weren’t any trouble, and he quickly finds them, knowing they’re framed for murder. Soon, the original Crows — Kaz (Freddy Carter), Inej (Amita Suman), and Jesper (Kit Young) – New additions join the team in Heartrender Nina (Danielle Galligan) and explosives expert Wylan (Jack Wolfe).

The relationship between Jesper and Wylan (Wesper, for you chargers out there) is a fan favorite of the Crows duology, but in the Netflix version, there’s nothing like the slow burn. In fact, when we meet Wylan, we quickly learn that he and Jesper have met before; not only that, they have already spent a night together. This is a huge departure from the books, and it’s disappointing not to see the love between them slowly build over the course of the season. On a positive note, it’s great to see a gay couple accepted as naturally as any in this world, but I really missed Wesper’s slow burn in the books, and the way it’s so sped up in the series was a bit much. a corruption

Another disappointment occurs with regard to Mattias (Callahan Skogman), who naturally becomes a member of the Crows in the books. At the end of the first season, after being shipwrecked and forming a wonderful bond with Nina, he publicly accuses her of being a slave to the Darkling to avoid being captured by Grisha. As a result, Matthias is sent to Hellgate, where he languishes without hope for freedom. Nina tries to make a rescue attempt, but for so many other stories to navigate, it doesn’t materialize, so poor Matthias is left to try to survive in a hellish prison with no hope of freedom. Although Nina refers to Matthias as the love of her life, after a certain point, she seems to forget all about him to go on another adventure. Maybe there will be a Crows plan to rescue him in the end, just like there was in the books, but there’s hardly any heists before, and what happens is rushed, like almost everything this season.

Lewis Tan as Tolya Yul-Bataar and Anna Leong Brophy as Tamar Kir-Bataar in Shadow & Bone Season 2
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Despite all the setbacks, there are some flashes of brilliance in Season 2. First episode, directed. Ball Ogun, I wish it was a full season. The initial appearances of all the characters, both returning and new, are well done, and the option to include animated maps of Ravka, Novyi Zem, and Ketterdam is also a nice touch. The premiere is the episode that has the most overall resemblance to season 1, and it achieves the perfect atmosphere that is lacking in the later episodes. The action doesn’t let up, and it comes with a sense of how good it feels to be back in the Grishaverse. The second episode is also strong. Kaz’s backstory is introduced, which was surprising to see so soon, and there’s the first glimpse of a heist.

Where this season Shadow and Bone where everything goes wrong is in episode 3, when they start telling too many stories at once. Episode 7 restores the glimmer of hope for awesomeness with some incredible fight sequences, but the ending throws up some unexpected twists, including some WTF events that may leave fans more confused than happy. Generally, Shadow and Bone Season 2 is a poor and uneven follow-up, but it still remains an entertaining ride from start to finish.

Rating: B-

Shadow and Bone Season 2 premieres March 16 on Netflix.

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