So. Hrm. I’m gonna give it a second whirl sometime but this season as a whole felt really underwhelming for me? Maybe it’s to do with binge-ing it and my own personal headspace (I suffer from dissociation frequently and it’s often hard to tell when I’m having one of those periods whilst in it) but I just don’t feel like a lot happened for almost 10 hours of TV.
Although I have re-evaluated and Kala is now my favourite, my sweet science angel.
(Just gonna block out from here on cause spoilers)
[spoiler]Jonas died, except then he wasn’t dead. I kinda get why, but a totally under-utilised character this season.
They met a couple of other sensates/groups, but aside from the woman in Berlin who wanted to fuck with Wolfgang, and a couple who aided Riley/Will, I don’t remember a lot else happening with them? There was so much room for cool stuff!
We were lacking moments when the cluster shared knowledge - languages, fighting skills, etc. Bar some more fights, the only stand out moment I remember in this respect was Lito bartending for Sun at her brother’s event. These were some of the coolest moments for me in the first season. And whilst I appreciate that having 8 central and several important secondary characters is a lot for one show, particularly when you take into account all the possible different pairings of the 8 in the cluster, it felt like no one pairings relationship developed particularly, not even those that are focused on more than others, such as Will/Riley and Kala/Wolfie. Kala and Wolfie particularly annoyed me, there’s a lot of ~ooh there’s something here, it’s forbidden~ filler between them but aside from them having sex and then not talking about it, there’s no real progression in their relationship/arc.
Oh and this one’s totally on me, but the pride scene was way overhyped for me (thanks, tumblr) when actually it amounted to not that long at all in screen time. Considering all the cluster actors were there to film, and there was great BTS footage of them all dancing and stuff, there was little of that int the episode that I remember, which would’ve been ‘filler’ I’d welcome.[/spoiler]