The Lake Season 2 Review – A mediocre comedy with morally repugnant characters

Season 1

Season 2

Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 5 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 6 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 7 -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 8 -| Review Score – 2.5/5

The Amazon Prime original comedy series, The Lake seasons 1 and 2 centre on Justin, who leaves his longtime partner and heads back to his native country. He is determined to focus his attention on important things, so he makes an effort to get in touch with Billie, his biological kid, who he handed in for adoption.

Nevertheless, Justin’s hopes of spending some enjoyable and heartfelt times alongside her at his family’s cottage are dashed when he learns that his parents gave the property away to his stepsister, Maisy-May.

Season two of The Lake explores what happens after the boathouse burns down. In addition to Justin’s on-again, off-again connection with Riley, the whodunnit investigation continues throughout this season. In the season 1 finale, Maisy-May’s mom makes a surprise visit to the town and announces that she is dying, which is another topic of discussion throughout season 2.

A decent portion of the audience will find the show relatable because it deals with a subject that is not uncommon in real life—the reconciliation of parents and their children. Having said that, it seems like the story wraps up by the end of season 1, so adding a second season seems like a stretch.

The show’s writing, which frequently can be quite bland, is its biggest flaw. Political correctness is brought into the picture in an attempt to portray itself as extremely serious when, in actuality, it should stick to being a light comedy show.

The show thrives when it primarily focuses on its comedic elements, as evidenced by the back-and-forth conversations between Maisy-May and Mimsy. Additionally, because it goes overboard to be something it isn’t, the entirety of the boathouse burning plot is dealt with rather poorly.

The Lake season 2 has a paper-thin storyline as well as morally repulsive characters whose actions are constantly justified in the show. If this season has taught us anything, it is that unacceptable behaviour in this show has no consequences. Throughout, we see Billie leading Forrest and Ivy on, who are siblings. Furthermore, Justin, like the other parents on the show, is a poor parental figure, and this season is an excellent example of that.

To make matters worse, the second season ends on a rather underwhelming note. The fact that Whoreen is the arsonist has little effect because we haven’t seen much of her over the course of the two seasons combined. Her motivations are also petty and silly, making the mystery disappointing. Additionally, the families spare her from receiving the punishment she deserves.

The series is a visual treat to watch owing to the captivating scenery of the cottage overlooking the picturesque lake. The actors, especially Julia Stiles as Maisy-May, excel in their respective roles.

The goal of a show like this is to entertain and amuse, and unfortunately, this season doesn’t accomplish either. The show’s problems appear far too ridiculous to be taken seriously. Additionally, the show’s character arcs are so thin that they’re basically non-existent. After season 1, it is definitely gravitating towards unnecessary.

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  • Verdict - 3/10

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