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Invincible - Season 2

Mark Grayson and the gang's return has been entertaining, but doesn't reach the heights the first season did.

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The first season of Invincible is arguably one of the greatest runs of animated television we've ever seen. It's up there with Avatar: The Last Airbender, Batman: The Animated Series, Cowboy Bebop, and a few other projects. Needless to say, when you occupy such rarified air there's a huge amount of pressure to continue at that high level, and while many of us would have hoped the long wait between Seasons 1 and 2 of Invincible meant that would have been achieved, it's clear that this second batch of episodes, while still great, doesn't reach the heights of its predecessor.

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I think the main reason for Invincible's second season feeling like a bit of a drop in quality is likely due to the core narrative it looks to convey. There's less weight and importance this time around, and while Mark and the rest of the gang do save the world a few different times, it doesn't often feel as life or death as it did in the first season. Match this up with a bunch of different storylines that don't quite pack the same punch as what we've seen in the past (yes, I'm including the whole Mark and Amber love story here), and you get a batch of episodes that don't quite prove to be as crucial and engrossing television as we hoped it would have been.

This isn't to say that Invincible's second season is poor by any stretch. It's still fabulous television with deep and emotionally complex characters brought to life by a cast that feels incredibly well suited to their respective roles. The animation is still top quality with great attention to detail, and somehow the narrative does manage to continue to weave together an immense cast of characters (and incorporate new ones) that's almost Game of Thrones in scale, and yet still find time to make each feel important in their own way. Oh, and the dialogue and meta references are top of class, with constant nods to other superhero universes, pop culture phenomena (such as Invincible's appearance in Fortnite), and the hilarious self-deprecating jest about the length of time it took to make this season and why that was the case. Invincible has never been afraid to poke fun at itself or others and it doesn't pull its punches here either.

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But despite this being the case, it's also abundantly clear that this is a setup season. This is a season where a lot of the heavy lifting and character development has been put at the forefront ahead of the crazy action that we're expecting to take centre stage soon. This is the Clash of Kings ahead of Storm of Swords, The Half-Blood Prince ahead of The Deathly Hallows. At least I hope that is the case because if one season is going to take years to make and then almost half a year to air eight episodes, it needs to have much better pacing than this if it wants me to praise the arrival of new episodes like they're a returning prophet.

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Invincible is still a top tier animated television show mind you, and one that I'm excited to get more of, but this season has already shown a few cracks in the Viltrumite armour, and if Amazon isn't careful and doesn't look to correct them, we could be looking at a steady decline of something that can be not just great, but absolutely exceptional.

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Mark Grayson and the gang's return has been entertaining, but doesn't reach the heights the first season did.



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