The second season remains fairly steady with the introduction of new characters and keeping with the spurts of thrills. I am adjusting to Freddie Highmore, although his oddities still stand out. After the death of his teacher, Norman is having a difficult time coping. The circumstances are questionable and as the investigation continues, his teachers secret life is also revealed.
Norman seems more like a zombie. Bumbling along almost cluelessly with his weird outbursts and black outs, you are just waiting for him to kill someone. Of course, the usual close calls are in order but we would have no show if something happened to him. Instead we experience the completely odd relationship he has with his mother, which at times you would think they were husband and wife.
Norma continues to try to protect Norman from the world, and from himself. She loves Norman more than anything in the world, but she relies on him for comfort and protection which nurture many disturbing behaviours. With the work starting on the bypass she fears her motel business will be ruined. With the help of some very powerful individuals, Norma makes new friends, and also gets tangled within a spiders web. While dealing with all these other things, she must also face a ghost from her past who will reveal some of her many secrets.
Dylan begins to play a larger role in the lives of Norma and Norman. To say they are a family is pushing it but it seems like a possibility. When Dylan’s new boss shows up and begins causing trouble in the town, things start to blow up, escalating to a war between families. The rug beneath his feet is ripped out from under him as a shocking revelation causes reckless behaviour while the bullets fly.
I was a bit disappointed that Emma’s role in season 2 was so minimal. She seems to have a story beginning, but it is quickly overshadowed by the rest of the story. She kind of hovers around, dragging tank in hand almost on the verge of tears.
There is a lot of back and forth which I think is where most of the appeal for the show comes from. It has this facade of wholesomeness with a rotting centre. The quintessential perfect town that deep down, or maybe not so deep, is probably the last place you would want to live. With everything that has gone on, it seems obserd that the town has not simply imploded upon itself.
I didn’t love the second season but I didn’t hate it either. The show has a way of drawing you in and keeping you there. There is suspense, but not too much, murder but not too much gore and disturbing scenes that jump the line of wholesome and just strange. The show has taken an even steady course right in the middle for a 5 out of 10. I hope season 3 will be better as everything will need to happen and things will need to be wrapped up. Perhaps it could even jump to a 6 out of 10.