The hour simply flew by as the action just kept on coming. All of the characters were deeply affected by the events of last season’s final episode, but from what I can tell, most of them were affected for the better. It feels as if the characters have all been taken to a new level. Don’t expect the scope of the show to have gotten any smaller. If anything, our characters begin the season flung even more father apart than they were last season, and each of them seems to be searching for something different.
This season all of the dynamics that we’d come to expect have been changed. It’s already been made known that the nukes that were fired at the end of the season actually landed, so the two power bases we knew are now gone, and we begin to see new locations this season. There are also a number of new faces. Stephen Collins joins the cast as Rachel’s (Elizabeth Mitchell) father, Gene. He’s tough, resourceful, and smart. He doesn’t suffer fools and he’s fiercely protective of his family. We also meet Patrick Heusinger, who plays Adam, when he crosses Charlie’s (Tracy Spiridakos) path. Nicole Ari Parker joins the cast as Secretary Justine Allenford of the returning United States government. Jessica Collins (Cynthia) and Adam Beach (Mason) round out the new characters introduced in Willoughby, Texas.
As I said, the episode is packed. We get some fill-in-the blanks scenes, one sex scene, five fights, and a pretty major twist at the end. There are at least two potential new big-bads this season and possibly three. I loved the music in the episode, some classic rock done with a live band on the show, which felt very much like Eric Kripke’s handy work.
You won’t want to miss a minute of the season opener, so be sure to tune in on the show’s new day – Wednesday – and new time 8pm – on September 25 on NBC.
You can check out the Season 2 Promo here.