Episode 1 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Back in 2018, Sky Atlantic roared out the gates early in the year with an excellent benchmark for other crime dramas to try and strive toward. Save Me was a solid 6 episode series that took a simple mystery and combined that with a believable world inhabited by believable characters. It was a really solid series and the gut-punch ending left many fans reeling and wondering whether a second season would be on the cards.
Fast forward to 2020 and this time Save Me returns for its aptly titled second season, Save Me Too. Picking up 17 months after where the previous season left off, Save Me Too is a solid follow-up and while it doesn’t quite match the same excellence running through its first season there’s a good enough story here worth seeing through to the end.
Nelly continues to be the central focus of the show and creator Lennie James is wise to this knowledge. This time around, Save Me Too ultimately works to try and juggle two separate narratives together for Nelly to deal with, managing to spin these plates until the end even if the finale does see these plates start to wobble. The main allure here is ultimately around what happened to Nelly’s daughter Jody but alongside that, a murder early on rocks the community and all eyes point to Nelly as the main culprit.
Determined to find the truth and wrapped up in Grace’s (the girl Nelly saved from the caravan during the season finale last time out) issues, the show juggles both of these plot lines until the final third where home truths are revealed and Nelly’s true character comes to the foreground. All of this builds up to a somewhat contrived and slightly incredulous ending that leaves things wide open for a third season.
With another 6 episodes to get through, Save Me Too is a solid follow-up season and certainly enjoyable enough to sit through. The penultimate episode is an absolute tour de force in show-don’t-tell shocks and emotional trauma and while I won’t spoil what happens here, suffice to say it’s worth watching to get to this point. There are definitive enough answers to what happened to Jody too and the truth is definitely quite the shock.
Although a few of the subplots are a bit lacking and don’t do a lot to forward the plot – especially Melon and Bernie’s baby woes – there’s enough in the main conflict to keep you watching until the end. There’s a solid amount of work done to give the supporting players enough to do to keep them useful while Nelly’s character continues to be a really fascinating protagonist, despite him making some strange choices toward the end of the season.
Despite a somewhat contrived and questionable ending, Save Me Too certainly makes the 2 year wait worth it, delivering another decent season of drama. While the second doesn’t quite match the first in terms of quality, especially given the desire here to try and do too many things at once, there’s a good enough story to keep you invested right up until the end. With a third season clearly on the way and lots left unresolved here, this certainly isn’t the last we’ll hear from Nelly and the gang.