As soon as I saw your thread, I thought: "Awesome! An outlet to say what I think about this show..." And on ATS no less!
So firstly, Season 1 was absolutely great. I really, really enjoyed it. A surrealist, bizarre, thoughtful & engaging conspiracy thriller, which
effused intelligence & fascination with the subject, the world of our dreams..
Sadly, despite having been excited to see that Season 2 was available - the new season has disappointed in the worst of all ways. They took a
visionary concept, an astoundingly ethereal psychological head-twister, and turned it into a B-Movie, with a script which has all the finesse of my
grade 7 English essays.
The actors, who all did well in Season 1, can be seen to be pained on this point. They rattle through the cheesy, dull & utterly predictable trash
script, with a ridiculous back-concept that now, there's a new enemy in Dreamworld, and they must 'go in' to do battle with this evil genie (who has
less panache & scare factor than a 1980's Freddie Kruger). Tired B-movie tropes & 'visual markers' (to show they've entered the dreamworld) are used
- probably due to market research where viewers of Season 1 who 'didn't get it' complained that they often couldn't tell if the actors were awake or
dreaming. Erm, that was kind of the point. Now, there's a convenient 'character falls backwards into a pool of water' scene, just to make the point
that what you're about to see is a dream sequence.
'The Boy' is now an annoyingly mouthy little so-and-so, whereas before, the kid doing the acting was silent, and managed to pull off the creepy alien
vibe really well. The sister of the main character has been swapped out for another actress - probably because the original actress was excellent in
her role, and couldn't bear to take part in Season 2, to see them murder the series in the way they have.
With all that said, Season 1 definitely had some interesting concepts regarding the power of dreams, and got my mind wandering in interesting ways. I
do have a sense of certainty that the world of dreams can be a magical, even a dangerous place - and with some background in psychological study, I
understand the 'evolutionary theory of dreams' quite well. I have seen stacks of evidence that the quality of a person's dream life can hugely
influence their waking life. In addition, I myself have often had literally astounding dreams, from among [natural/ psychologically meaningful/
spiritually potent] graded types - many of which have directed my life in positive & fulfilling ways. Any good quality drama which addresses these
possibilities in a clever way, should be credited with helping to keep Human curiosity alive..
I feel saddened that Amazon so desperately wanted to suck money from the concept that they were willing to utterly murder what had been an excellent
standalone drama production to do so.
Season 1 = 10 stars
Season 2 = 2 stars
edit on JanuaryTuesday1801CST03America/Chicago-060047 by FlyInTheOintment because: clarification