3% (Season 2, Season 1 for context)
Well I was going to spend some time talking about the awkwardness of writing about season 2 but not season 1 because I watched season 1 before I started The Watched List. Season 1 made it to the Offshore though, and the aforementioned awkwardness failed its Process and didn’t, so I don’t ever have to talk about it again.
So. Brief recap of Season 1, which was very quite good actually. In the future, life on the Inland is not great. Imagine a sort of cheerful slum with a few dodgy bits. Like the one in Descendants but marginally grubbier and with a lot less singing. When a person reaches 20, they can undergo the annual Process. A series of tests and trials to see if they are worthy to go to the Offshore.
The Offshore is a technological utopia where everyone eats grapes and wears very sharply designed clothing. Oh, and they have great eyeliner. So Season 1 follows a handful of likely youngsters as they undergo their Process. But there’s a catch. Some of the youngsters support the Cause, a shadowy organisation that is trying to overthrow the Process because it’s not fair that only 3% get to go and eat grapes. Season 1 was very rather tasty. I enjoyed Season 1 very much.
Season 2. Hmmm. Not so actually sharp at the edges. Faced with having reached a good conclusion for the main characters at the end of Season 1, the writers had to find something else for them to do in Season 2. And that meant doing more world building. Which cued up some flashbacks to the distant past so that we could understand the world building. Oh my word, the flashbacks. The main characters manage to hold the story together but there’s a lot of artificial distrust and weirdly engineered story arcs. Quite a lot of running. And quite an abrupt ending. I had pushed play for the next episode before I realised it was going to launch me headlong into Season 3.
It gets a bonus point for maintaining a main character who is a wheelchair user. Tick for extra representation. A second tick of representation for having a trans actress playing a trans role (albeit only as a sidekick) in this season.