The End of the F***ing World: Season 2 Reviews

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November 6, 2019
The new episodes share many of the original batch's most effective elements -- strong performances, deft retro soundtrack choices (leaning more on folk this time), a blend of humor and pathos -- without ever finding a reason to exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2019
It's an astonishingly nihilistic series, gorgeously made, and for all its macabre humour, very moving.
November 6, 2019
Forcing more drama onto them after they've left only feels forced. It's a lose-lose scenario, and while I'll always contend there's a good way to keep telling many stories, this isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 5, 2019
It's a dizzyingly intense tour through guilt, trauma, and ultimately hope.
November 5, 2019
Barden and Lawther's performances, down to their telling inner-dialogue, are tactful and poignant in portraying their issues that are a lot tougher than a case of teen angst.
November 5, 2019
Close to two years and dozens of teen shows later, the series returns matured, the pacing slower, the tone darker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2019
It's all still amusing, and the notes of strangled romanticism and just-perceptible nobility are still in place. But the plot doesn't have the momentum and the crazy energy it did the first time around.
November 5, 2019
If the first season came across as an update on Natural Born Killers, the second begins with a very strong Kill Bill vibe. Unfortunately, it's a vibe the season can't sustain.
November 5, 2019
[Jessica] Barden and [Alex] Lawther excel; their characters perfectly toeing the line between being haunted by their pasts - both are subsequently more awkward and angry around one another - and confused teenage chemistry.
November 5, 2019
Shot and styled with flair, it is depraved nihilism made to look cool and it is up to you whether that makes the show objectionable or a dark thrill-ride. Either way, it is exactly why the kids will love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2019
The result was bleak but dry, wry and hopelessly romantic, like Badlands relocated to Seventies suburbia. The series is stripped across the schedules for four nights, promising to surprise and beguile as much as the first.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 5, 2019
It's the pace that makes it sing. Of course there were some manoeuvres to pull off, to bring all of the characters back into the fray, but it has been done with as little clumsiness as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 5, 2019
Lawther also is reliably excellent and conveys grief, confusion and, yes, some joy, in equally revelatory ways. Ackie is equally sure-handed in making Bonnie a compelling compilation of damaged, naive, sad and lethal.
November 5, 2019
Season 2 tells a new story that maintains the offbeat rhythm and peculiar style that made the first run a cult hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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