Dead to Me (Season 2) (2020)

After a stellar first season, it would have been easy for “Dead to Me” to fall into predictability and stretch the limits of its audience’s credulity by trying to keep things interesting… which it actually kind of does here. Mind you, that’s not to say that the plot twists over the course of the season aren’t interesting: The developments are often suspenseful and unpredictable, which definitely has a positive impact on the overall narrative, because it often feels like the season is chugging along with all the momentum of an out-of-control freight train. But there’s definitely a sense that things are being stretched out too much, like plot developments are included for the sake of narrative propulsion instead of an organic, natural end-game structure, which begins to grate on the nerves after a while. That being said, Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini are as ferociously effective here as they were the first time around: Both performers are gifted with a number of crackerjack sequences that allow them to demonstrate their individual, respective talents as well as their positively stellar chemistry. Additionally, the charismatic Natalie Morales makes a great addition to the cast, while Diana Maria Riva steals scenes left and right as Detective Perez.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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