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  • Summary: When Intelligence officer John Tavner's (Michael Dorman) cover is almost blown, he is given a new assignment by his State Department Director of Intelligence father (Terry O’Quinn): kill a pro-nuclear candidate in a heavily guarded Paris location. His intelligence officer mother (DebraWhen Intelligence officer John Tavner's (Michael Dorman) cover is almost blown, he is given a new assignment by his State Department Director of Intelligence father (Terry O’Quinn): kill a pro-nuclear candidate in a heavily guarded Paris location. His intelligence officer mother (Debra Winger) comes along to help him.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

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  1. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Nov 8, 2018
    100
    The delightfully creative series from writer, director and creator Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) returns better than ever, a wholly original vision that has distant-cousin connections to the vibe of the Fargo television series and Wes Anderson films, while being its own weird thing.
  2. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Nov 9, 2018
    80
    There’s much to appreciate in Conrad’s mastery of building tension toward ludicrous outcomes in some case, or punctuating stretches of relative calm with explosions of chaos and violence.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Nov 12, 2018
    75
    Season 2 is shorter (both in episode count and length), darker, and lacking in much of the whimsy that kept Season 1 afloat, but it’s an intriguing narrative with unique payoffs.
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Nov 9, 2018
    10
    Had the day off of work today, so I planned to check out an episode of the new season this morning. 8 episodes later, I can tell you it's topHad the day off of work today, so I planned to check out an episode of the new season this morning. 8 episodes later, I can tell you it's top notch. Some of the best writing, directing, and cinematography I've seen in a show. Cohen Brothers + Wes Anderson + special sauce.
  2. Nov 12, 2018
    5
    Rushed. Scattered. Inundated with uninteresting secondary characters and an incomprehensible plot designed from the ground up to drive thisRushed. Scattered. Inundated with uninteresting secondary characters and an incomprehensible plot designed from the ground up to drive this once promising entry from the shelf to the wastebasket.

    Watching our weathered hero juggle seemingly impossible tasks made even more so by a revolving door of often comical blunders sourced from his intelligence team, alias's coworkers, friends, background characters and self was a joy during the previous season. But no longer. The overarching sense of realism that grounded the insanity of season one as an incredibly unlikely but still plausible worst case scenario is nowhere to be found in this second season. And without that believability the plot unravels to the point of being almost unwatchable after just the first few episodes.
    Not to mention the admittedly small complaint about the second seasons horrible revision to its introduction sequence which now features a musical accompaniment ("Sure Shot" Beastie Boys) that is perhaps lyrically relevant with regard to the themes of the season but which is woefully out of place in terms of its musical tone. I mention this somewhat petty complaint above my many others both because it is so starkly contrasted by the phenomenal song choice of the first season ("Train Song" Vashti Bunyan) and also because it exemplifies everything that is wrong with the second. Namely, that everything that happens - every decision made during the course of the season, such as the song selection for the new intro, only ever makes half-sense.

    That is not to say season two doesn't have its moments. It does. The action sequences are enjoyable. And it's equal parts amusing and intriguing to have our seemingly permanently concussed hero explain his government funded tactics to one of his cohorts or directly to the viewer - answering questions I never knew to ask. Questions like, "how to knock a female unconscious with a bicycle?" Sadly, these moments don't occur nearly often enough to propel the season to anywhere near the height of the first.

    My advice? Unless you're flush with time, avoid this newest chapter of Patriot and spare yourself the poison it will surely inflict upon the beloved memory of the first.
  3. Nov 11, 2018
    1
    OMG, season 2 is off the rails. I like quirky and innovative, but this thing is a mind-numbing mess that bears no resemblance to season 1.