Surly Summaries: K Return of Kings

There will be spoilers, you have been warned.

I’m not going to sugarcoat this, K season two was a major disappointment.  As someone who very much enjoyed the original season, this one was a frustrating addition.  The pacing is a mess, with early episodes where very little happens followed by episodes where the story moves so fast and introduces so much new material it can get almost overwhelming.  There are more action scenes than in season one but by and large the action is repetitive and unmemorable, with most of the Green clan being a bunch of faceless drones and everyone else fighting without the flair that made them stand out in the first season.  The characters don’t really get any new development, Nagare and Iwami just come with preset personas which we learn about after they already start fighting the main characters, so there’s nothing to really invest in on their side.  But the worst of all is that the show just doesn’t have the magic the first season did.  In season one we experienced the story and world through Shiro, because he was just as clueless as the rest of us about the psychic powers, the Dresden Slates, and the role of the kings in the world.  Piecing all of that together while also solving the murder mystery that kick-started the first season, was what made the original series so engaging.  And the sad thing is we could have had some of that in this season, they really had the opportunity to explore the Dresden Slates in detail and examine it’s effect on the world.  But instead they left as a magical plot device machine, that causes humans to evolve and gain psychic powers.  Also I don’t really understand how it is that people retained their powers after the Slates were broken, shouldn’t that have caused psychic powers to vanish forever and leave the Silver King dead, as his original body had died in season one?  Also having Nagare manipulate the Colorless King really pissed me off, there was no need to add this to the story, it just cheapens the first season to make Nagare seem more threatening.  Anyway the series just feels off to me, like it was a cyncial attempt to cash in on K without any understanding of what made the first season good beyond, “this looks pretty and involves psychic powers”.  A major disappointment to say the least.  If you are a fan of the original K and haven’t seen this season yet, I’d advise you to stay away.  Thank you for reading, hope to see you in the next one.

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