After escaping from Grace Fields, the children had to avoid man-eating demons in order to find out more about this world and how they might be able to make a life in it. Out of the pan and into the fire!
What did you watch?
Season one of The Promised Neverland was the first seasonal series that I covered on an episodic basis, and it was spectacular. It kept you desperate for more. I would be waiting for the episode to drop, constantly refreshing out of fear of seeing a spoiler. It was absolutely captivating. So, there was no way I was not going to cover season two. I made sure to have a clear spot, and even took on one more show that I had originally planned. You might say I was excited. Well, let’s see if it was worth the wait… Also, there will be spoilers.
The children raced through a dense forest pursued by a group of demons and one rather ravenous wild demon. Everything about this place seemed alien, but also oddly familiar. It turned out the books that William Minerva had donated to the libraries were like guides to the outside world. That was great, but it didn’t help them with their pursuers.
Luckily, they ran into a couple of demons that seemed to want to help them. They claimed not to eat humans as a part of their religion. The kids finally had somewhere safe for a while. Emma and Ray were even able to get information from Sonju about the world and what happened there.
He revealed that over a thousand years ago, the world was split in two creating a human world and a demon world. As part of the ceasefire, the demons promised not to eat humans that weren’t raised on their farms. They also learnt that there are gates back to the human world, but they may not be that easy to find. That’s not going to stop Emma and Ray though!
What did you think?
In all honesty, I’ve been trying to hide my feelings on the show up to this point. I hated this season. Like, really hated it. All of the mystery, drama, and tension from the first season evaporated after two episodes. All of a sudden, the kids were just given the answers or luckily escaped from something. It felt lazy and their actions started to make less and less sense. Details that should have been fascinating were skipped over within minutes. The characters flip-flopped back and forth, seemingly unable to maintain a single conviction. Emma was the only one to stand alone from this and her ideas were just ridiculous. I really can’t state just how disappointed I was with this season.
What was your favourite moment?
I quite liked the OP… There was a lot of potentially great moments that were swept aside without much thought. The scenes at the Lambda facility could have been amazing and I think would have made a pretty good three or four-episode arc, but they completed that in about five minutes. There was a montage at the end which showed Emma, Ray, and Norman going on what could only be called an epic fantasy-esque quest, but we only got to see it through a handful of stills. I think by that point everyone involved in this adaptation had given up. Even the writers refused to take credit for the final two episodes…
What was your least favourite moment?
So, this might seem like an odd one, but back in episode three after the kids said goodbye to Sonju and Mujika, Sonju revealed how much he was looking forward to eating their decendents, because if it’s free range humans, it’s all right by his religion. At the time, this seemed like an odd scene to just casually drop into the episode, and as time went on, it started to make less and less sense. We even saw it with the old demon who ate a human even though he didn’t need to. Sure, he may have been doing it to disguise the fact that he had the evil-blood in him, but this didn’t seem to bother the kids at all.
There was too much evidence that living in harmony with the demons wasn’t possible, but Emma just kept pushing her lets save everyone agenda. Well, when you think about it, even with the horrifying revelations of season one, only one of the children died and that was in episode one. There was no sacrifice made in this series, everything was just simply attained. Even Norman’s apparent sacrifice didn’t happen. It was just all too boringly easy.
Who was your favourite character?
I quite enjoyed dark Norman, but for a genius, he seemed to be thoroughly lacking in common sense when it was time to enact his plan. He’d just released a toxin that would cause the demon’s to degenerate and go wild, so why would he even go into the village to finish them off? Just sit back and watch all your good work happen. So, yeah, he was good for a little while and then it got boring again.
Who was your least favourite character?
What a fall from grace! Emma who was the star of the show in the first season was reduced to this thoroughly annoying “let’s all be friends” hero and it was insufferable. So many times, I was hoping that something would eat her. Hell, even Peter Ratri chose to kill himself rather than be pulled into her little friendship group. She may have been the only one to stick to her convictions, but they really weren’t worth holding onto and felt quite unbelievable in the face of things.
Would you like some more?
If you would have told me at the end of season one that I would be cursing the very idea of another season, I would have thought you were mad. Yet, here we are. I’d like to go one step further than not wanting another season by asking that this one be undone. Just erase it from my memory and leave me with the thoroughly satisfying conclusion to season one. I really can’t get over how much this season annoyed me.
What have you learnt?
This just goes to show that you can write the best story in the world, but if you don’t keep it up, people will forget all about it. You will be judged on the most recent work, rightly or wrongly. It’s also important to deliver on the promise that you’ve made. The first season led us to believe that this was a brutal world, and there were glimpses of it in the background, but it never impacted the main group of characters. They literally walked through the entire season without so much as a moment of darkness. Ultimately, it felt like they didn’t earn any of it.
Other Posts in the Series
- Season One
- Season Two
- Bonus Posts