UPLOAD: SEASON TWO
Starring: Robbie Amell, Andy Allo, Zainab Johnson, Allegra Edwards, Kevin Bigley, Owen Daniels, Andrea Rosen, Josh Banday, Paulo Costanzo, and William B. Davis
Creator: Greg Daniels
I hope Upload isn’t forgotten due to the production delays of the past two years because it’s a sneaky good show. The second season picks up right where we left off, continuing its mystery plot and providing some neat twists and turns in only seven episodes. The visual effects are tremendous in this “afterlife comedy,” but it’s the chemistry between stars Robbie Amell and Andy Allo that really shines. The knock on this season is the aforementioned length. It feels far too short and ends with an unsatisfying cliffhanger that leaves things feeling unfinished. I needed more.
In its second season, Upload has a major sophomore slump. It’s like the writers didn’t really know what to do after all the fun world building of season one, so they tried a little bit of everything. There are plotlines revolving around a murder conspiracy, a “will they, won’t they” romance, a quasi-villainous girlfriend, inner-office dynamics, corporate espionage, and a commentary on the 1%, none of which are explored all that well. It’s a lot of narrative threads for the series’ seven short episodes (about 3.5 total hours). Honestly, the whole affair just feels like setup for an assumed season three.
Despite a great concept, the first season of Upload left a little to be desired. Thankfully, the second season changes that by adding some much needed depth to the world. The societal metaphors and existential questions are in full swing, and with that, comes a greater layer of comedy as well. Unfortunately, there are two interesting storylines that this season never commits to, so the final episode leaves you wanting more since it feels unfinished. Though a substantial improvement, season two of Upload still has some issues; let’s hope next season gets even better.