I’ll make this brief: there are too many storylines, not enough focus paid to each, and the new ARC is boring me. Jess is the peppy geek with an apartment that screams ‘trust fund kid’ and her presence as a non-field team member only serves to tie us to the new ARC more than is necessary.
While the storyline in episode 2 is fairly solid and Duncan, Connor’s dorky friend, is hilarious, there is less time paid to it than I would have liked. Instead we have Lester and Burton squabbling about the new rules and regs – Lester has a great poker face – and Jess flirting (badly) with Becker. Compared to previous series, it all feels juvenile and telegraphed.
There are two things that really interested me in this episode, despite the above:
Firstly, while Connor seems to be segueing back into the current time frame with as much ease as can be expected given the circumstances, Abby is quietly struggling. Her interactions with everyone and everything, even her beloved pet Rex (sidenote: where are Sid and Nancy?) felt joyless. An exploration of her thoughts and feelings as she tries to reintegrate to the hustle and bustle of 21st century life would be a great through-line for the series.
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