**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**
So maybe a slumber party with a serial killer isn’t the best idea, especially when you and your friends are being stalked by an evil supernatural force that has a thing for games, but where would be the fun in that? After the addicting and fun premiere of Light as a Feather season 1, I have been anxiously waiting for new episodes to arrive and they are finally here! If you are craving some Pretty Little Liars drama mixed in with an I Know What You Did Last Summer feel, then you are in the right place!
Light as a Feather is based on the popular Wattpad story written by Zoe Aarsen. In season 1, five teenage girls head out to a graveyard for some underage drinking and a seemingly harmless game of Light as a Feather. If you are not familiar with the popular slumber party game, now might be a good time to re-visit the film, The Craft, which is one of my personal favorites as well.
During the game, each girl takes a turn and their death is described to them in detail. Things start to get weird when the girls begin dying exactly as it was determined in the game. McKenna Brady and her friends realize that they are being targeted by something supernatural, but is there a way to end the game without hurting others in the process?
Season 2 still centers around McKenna Brady, who now inherits the burden of carrying out the game, which leads to more players, more twists, and of course…more drama. Season 2 will feature 16 episodes in total. The first 8 episodes have been released on Hulu and are currently streaming as of July 26th 2019. The remaining 8 episodes will be released October 4th 2019 on Hulu.
The show stars Liana Liberato, Haley Ramm, Brianne Tju, and Jordan Rodrigues. We also get several new characters introduced into the mix, including characters played by The Walking Dead’s Katelyn Nacon and Angel and Dexter’s Julie Benz, who I am always happy to see! Season 2 has a lot to live up to, but can it hold steady and keep the game going? Let’s find out…
The performances of Haley Ramm (Violet), Liana Liberato (McKenna), and Brianne Tju (Alex).
It’s not easy living up to the success of season 1, but these three ladies rock! They truly embrace their characters, which made the watch much more enjoyable for me. Plus, while the first season focused more on the aspects of the game, we get some needed character growth and development in season 2. I was particularly interested in Violet’s backstory, who is becoming one of my favorite female antagonists on TV and Ramm’s portrayal of her is fantastic!
Fast paced episodes and more cliffhangers!
I’ll say this, Light as a Feather does not disappoint when it comes to keeping you on the edge of your seat. Season 2 provides us with more twists and the end of episode 8 will immediately have you wanting more. I still thoroughly enjoyed the quick episodes, which run about 25-30 minutes in length, which means you can easily breeze through and binge-watch the first part of season 2 in about 4 hours, which comes in handy when you have a lot of other shows to watch! This show can easily drag certain things out for too long so I appreciated that we kept the short episodes going and I enjoyed a lot of the twists thrown our way, which made the game and plot interesting enough for me.
A lot of teenage drama.
I don’t personally mind watching some teenage drama and I am a fan of shows like PLL, but I also want to balance in the supernatural threat evenly with the social drama going on. There are new relationships forming, break-ups, and arguments among friends, but it sometimes felt like our characters were more worried about these social issues rather than the supernatural one that could actually threaten their lives and everyone they care about…
Slow start to the game.
The first three episodes provide us with a lot of setup and things really don’t start taking off until episode 4. Since we only have 8 episodes right now, that was slightly disappointing. We also see the game from McKenna’s perspective and she deals with blackouts, which means we only get bits and pieces of the actual game, which made the threats to the new players slightly underwhelming for me. There was a really creepy and gruesome vibe in season 1 and I was hoping that would continue in season 2, but I only saw some glimmers of it and I guess I just wanted to see more of the actual Light as a Feather game.
So am I in or out?
I am still a huge fan of the series and I will continue to watch it, but I was slightly disappointed with season 2. The premise of this show makes it difficult to keep it new and fresh and I totally understand that, but I think that season 2 needed to find a better balance between the supernatural game and the teenage drama. We still have the second half of season 2 and we are left with another huge cliffhanger, so I will definitely be tuning in to find out what happens next.
Overall, perhaps I set my expectations too high for season 2, but it was still an entertaining watch for me. It just didn’t hold a candle to season 1. If you enjoyed season 1, I still recommend that you watch season 2, but I am interested to find out what other fans think as well. The game is far from over and it seems like we may explore the origins of it further, which has a lot of potential. Plus, you never know which side Violet is going to end up on and McKenna has her own inner turmoil to deal with, so there is a lot left to uncover. Stay tuned!
I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Light as a Feather in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
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