*MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW. DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN THE FULL SEASON OR WITHOUT SPOILERS*
second season ofone of us lieswill delight longtime fans and new viewers alike once they hit play. The season ended today and all eight episodes were available at once, which is a different format from last season's three-week block releases. Based on how the season went, dropping all eight episodes at once worked very well for the show. With a strong mystery and likeable characters, the second season is hard to stop once it starts. Make sure you have plenty of time to watch them all in one go, because chances are you won't get out of your seat until you see the cliffhanger ending.
Since this season strayed from the book series, I really wasn't sure what to expect. I went into the second season not knowing what happened in the first and that some new characters would be added. The addition of Fiona Jennings (Nate's guardian), Cole (Jake's brother), Janae's father, and Giselle (Jake's apparent summer fling in Greece) all added to the plot and kept me guessing throughout the season. . Cole and Giselle were very suspicious and I felt like I had to "study" their every move. Without the addition of new characters, the story would have been lacking. The main and supporting cast are strong, but there are only so many stories that can be implemented with them. The new characters added excitement to the Murder Club while helping to build its characters. If there's a third season at the end, I'd love to see more residents (or non-residents) perform!
Bronwyn, Nate, Addy, Cooper, and Janae, aka the "Murder Club," are complex yet likable characters. They lacked personality in the first season, but that changed in the second season. Over the course of the season, we've seen many of their interpersonal connections and friendships.Simon Sagt Ho Ho Ho, episode five, really highlighted that. It was a Christmas-themed episode, mainly focused on the characters. The Murder Club Christmas party was an incredible moment where the characters lived normal teenage lives before deciding to take action for Jake's murder. Although this episode didn't change the plot much, it was very important to have. It was full of funny moments and felt like a tribute to the fans of the show. Viewers got to see their favorite characters trying new things and experiencing joyful moments.
Even in season 2, there seemed to be a sense of friendship and fun moments within the group. Personally, I liked this because the first season was so focused on characters not getting along and murder that we never considered them friends. It felt very forced and unrealistic and would have dragged out the second season if it had continued like this. I also liked the fact that Janae and Maeve were written as bigger characters. This gave the friend group more depth and created more tension between Maeve and Bronwyn, who are sisters.
The supporting cast has minor roles this season, but this was corrected in episode six,Simon says it's better that you pray.🇧🇷 This episode is about Vanessa, who calls Evan and her friend Keely to find out who killed Jake. Although this episode dragged on towards the end with the main characters absent, it was hysterical. It was a fun episode full of laughs, but it would have been better if it hadn't focused only on the supporting cast. Instead of this episode, I would have preferred Vanessa, Evan, and Keely to be more evenly spread over the other seven episodes.
The first season was full of romance, but the second season really nailed it. From Nate and Bronwyn's epic love confession in fake snow to Janae and Maeve turning their rocky relationship into a strong one, season 2 did a great job of delivering swoon-worthy romance. Hands down, Nate and Bronwyn had the best scenes on the show and it was impossible not to root for them. As much as I enjoyed the addition of Fiona, I think she was totally useless as far as Natewyn's relationship goes. They basically had Nate trick Bronwyn into being with Fiona, but they never talked about it again. He talked to Addy about it a bit, which was a great moment, and then again with Bronwyn at the end of the show, but it didn't help his plot at all. All he did was make Nate look like a bad guy. Especially when it was obvious that all he wanted was Bronwyn.
I feel like Cooper and Kris got very little screen time, only getting some prominence in episodes five and seven. I wish this couple had more screen time like Nate and Bronwyn and Janae and Maeve. Cooper and Kris felt extremely rushed, which is a shame since Cooper and Kris are such endearing characters.
I cannot review the second season without addressing the conjecture and the identity of Simon Says. The nerve to leave money to Simon Says started off weak at first. It was a typical challenge, and of course the group thought they could outwit Simon Says, but they ended up getting into more trouble. episode three,Simon says we're getting personalthat's where the challenges really arose. As they were customized for each member of the Assassination Club, the stakes were higher and the challenges became more interesting. and when youif reallyIf you don't want spoilers, stop reading here.
I have mixed feelings about Fiona Jennings, as Simon says. Somehow I thought it was fantastic. He wasn't expecting any of this, and he put Nate through challenges such as stealing money from Victor's (his father's restaurant) and letting Nate kiss him to anger Bronwyn. But on the other hand, it's a bit frustrating that Simon Says was a character we were only introduced to once in the pilot and never again. He made it impossible for the theories formed after the first season to be correct. But all the characters in this season are likable, so I prefer him to be a character that he doesn't have big feelings for.
Overall, I really enjoyed this season. I think it focused very well on the aftermath of Jake's death and how Addy persevered, especially since she was the one who shot him and had a relationship with him, which was very important to her character development. If I could take anything away from the second season, it would be Giselle's death. In my opinion this was never properly acknowledged and only created more confusion. Her character didn't add much to the plot other than proving Jake a liar, which didn't really need to be proven.
second season ofone of us liesit was packed with great talent, funny storylines, and a cliffhanger ending that left me wanting a third season more than ever. We look forward to seeing Murder Club on our screens again next year!
Have you seen the second season of One of Us Lies? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to mention your favorite scene!