Signs Season 2 has a strong sense of place, decent acting, and interesting characters, but its plotting is a mess and it can’t decide exactly what kind of show it wants to be.
This review of Signs Season 2 is spoiler-free. You can check out our thoughts on the first season by clicking these words.
Netflix’s dour Polish mystery series Signs, or Znaki, only debuted its first season a couple of months ago. It was a flawed but watchable effort, concerning mostly two parallel mysteries — a present-day murder, and an age-old Nazi conspiracy. The second season, all eight episodes of which debuted globally today, picks up on both of these narrative threads, but also introduces a few more, including some new characters, and tries to get far too cute with time, structure, and genre for its own good.
The overall sense of this season is that it’s a mess. Characters fade in and out of focus, we leap back and forth through time, and about halfway through the show begins to fundamentally change. It was always weird, but a grounded sort of weird, one informed by religious fanaticism and human evil. Those things remain to some extent here, but crucial elements of the first season’s plot are left to fester in the background while we focus instead on knitting together a new missing person’s case with the unresolved Nazi UFO business from the first season — among other things, including local politics.
Following the kidnapping of Nina (Magdalena Zak) at the end of the first season by Krzysztof Sobczyk (Piotr Trojan) and his mentally stunted accomplice Dorota (Paulina Galazka), Commissioner Trela (Andrzej Konopka) has gone way off the rails. He’s drunk all the time, and Ada (Helena Sujecka) is having no choice but to try and cover for him while he continues to live in her house. Meanwhile, Mayor Antoni Paszke (Miroslaw Kropielnicki) is confined to a wheelchair, being cared for alternately by Agata (Helena Englert) and Zofia (Malgorzata Hajewska) while he attempts to secure his re-election, though that task is made suddenly more difficult by Blazej (Michal Czernecki) running in opposition to him, considerably aided — financially and otherwise — by Kaja (Barbara Wypych) and Twerski (Rafal Mohr), representatives of a consultancy firm with seemingly bottomless pockets and clearly ulterior motives.
This is a lot on its own, but there’s more to it. Kasia, daughter of the town drunk Pawel (Robert Gulaczyk), goes missing, as do the parents of a young child whom Zofia finds wandering the road and mistakes for her dead daughter, Laura. The phones are out, Father Roman (Rafal Cieszynski) is still grappling with his faith, and the lingering mystery of what exactly the Nazis left buried in the Owl Mountains at the end of the war continues to be of considerable interest to several interested parties.
Even with so much going on, Signs Season 2 nonetheless seems more interested in showing off rather than balancing the competing plotlines properly. It regularly indulges in flashbacks, and occasionally breaks into split-screen and musical accompaniment for scenes that don’t particularly warrant it. Seemingly important aspects like Jonasz (Andrzej Mastalerz) and his “cult”, including their drugged-up holy water operation, are left almost completely alone, while we get a ton of focus on a lopsided mayoral race, endless scenes of drunk men wandering through the woods, and several other scenes and subplots that aren’t half as interesting as the show seems to think they are.
Ultimately it raises more questions than it could possibly provide answers for, and a midpoint shift into slightly different genre territory feels as if it comes out of nowhere. There’s still a lot to like in Signs Season 2 since it can build suspense when necessary and includes its fair share of relatively shocking moments. Its characters, too, are compelling, even if painfully few are relatable. But it’s difficult to argue that this story has been conceived with any kind of long-term plan in mind, so random and inconsistent does it end up being, and this follow-up outing quickly squanders a lot of the goodwill earned by the first season’s last-minute twist and cliffhanger with an inferior continuation.
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.
Star Trek: Picard Season 2 Releasing Soon & Everything We Know So Far
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The fans and the viewers enjoyed the Star Trek: Picard season 1 and now they have their eyes upon the next season of the famous show.
Star Trek: Picard is an American science-fiction web-television show. Season 1 of the show consisted of 10 episodes and it was a super hit.
The series featured Jean-Luc Picard. After the death of Picard, his consciousness is transferred into a synthetic body. People are very fond of Star-Trek and they are looking forward to Season 2 of the series.
Release Date Of Star Trek: Picard Season 2
Season 1 of the show was released in January 2020 with 10 brilliant episodes. The renewal of the second season was announced in January this year and with that early work on Season 3 of Star Trek has also begun.
The filming is expected to take place in California. We can expect the second season to be released in late 2020 or early 2021 but there can be a delay in the release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 10 episodes have been confirmed by the officials for the next season.
The Cast Of Star Trek: Picard Season 2
The protagonist of the show Patrick Stewart (as Jean-Luc Picard) has promised to stay loyal to the show for all the 3 seasons. So we’ll get the delight to see him in the show for a long time. The other Cast Members with him are:
- Alison Pill as Agnes Jurati
- Isa Briones as Soji Asha
- Evan Evagora as Elnor
- Michelle Hurd as Raffi Musiker
- Santiago Cabrera as Cristobal “Christ”
What To Expect
It is difficult to predict how Picard will manage to solve the mysteries he discovered in the first season of the show. Let us hope that Star Trek’s central tenet of diversity continues to add more characters to the future episodes.
About The Trailer
No trailer is expected for Season 2 of Star Trek: Picard shortly as CBS is not planning to spill any beans about the upcoming show.
This is all we have for you from Star Trek: Picard. Keep reading for more information.
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‘When They See Us’ Star Jharrel Jerome Branches Out With His ‘For Real’ Video
Jharrel Jerome generated a hefty buzz around his performance in the Netflix drama When They See Us last year. Now, he’s looking to spin that buzz into enthusiasm for his other artistic pursuits — namely, rap. Today he shares his first video, “For Real,” which finds him ruminating on the cost of his newfound fame. While he laments the demands of being an in-demand actor, he also demands respect as a musician, firing off rhymes at a rapid-fire clip over a beat with a soulful sample composed by Take A Daytrip, best known for working with Sheck Wes, Lil Nas X, and The Scotts.
“Tell me which Range I should cop,” Jerome challenges on the song’s defiant chorus. “Tell me whose booze I should grab / Tell me whose name should I drop / I’ma just do what you ask.” However, he denies being “here to be the coolest,” focusing instead on being true to himself. Meanwhile, guest rapper Kemba points out the problem with modern celebrity culture on his verse, charging “n****s that get their ideas off IG / Whole personality’s Twitter / I just see copies of copies.”
As far as first singles go, it isn’t bad and warrants any future attention given to Jharrel Jerome, both as an actor and as a rapper. Fortunately for him, he can justify the career move as he joins the list of other professional entertainers moonlighting in hip-hop — a list that includes NBA players like Damian Lillard and fellow actor Riz Ahmed. “Long before I became an actor, hip hop was my first love,” he explained in a statement. “I was the one spitting off the top at the lunch table in the sixth grade. If there was a freestyle cypher happening at the park, I was there.”
Watch Jharrel Jerome’s “For Real” video above.
Revealed: Amazon’s New Devices are Faster, Smarter and a Must-Have for Your Home
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Amazon announced a slate of new hardware in an hour-long virtual event it held today at its Seattle office.
The presentation kicked off with an update on the company’s sustainability goals, which include using 100% recycled fabric for its echo speakers, introducing a low power mode to its new and existing devices, and giving users an “energy dashboard” to monitor their electricity consumption.
The rest of Amazon’s keynote was dedicated to hardware announcements, which ranged from updates to its Echo smart speakers, Eero Wi-Fi routers, and Fire TV sticks, to entirely new smart security equipment from Ring.
Amazon made the most significant changes to its Echo Dot, Echo, and Echo Show 10 smart speakers, which all received a complete redesign. The Echo Dot and Echo have a new spherical shape, with fabric on top, and a plastic base on the bottom.
The regular Echo now has a Zigbee smart antenna inside, which allows it to connect to even more smart home accessories without requiring an external hub. This new feature (and a few others, like improved speech recognition) are enabled by Amazon’s new AZ1 chip, which makes its debut with this device.
The Echo Dot will be available on October 22 for $49.99, and the regular Echo will be available on October 22 for $99.99.
The Echo Show 10 retains its HD display, but the screen sits on a rotating display, which can follow you around while you’re on a video call, or swivel in your direction by recognizing where your voice is coming from. Amazon says the Show’s motors have a “brushless design,” which won’t make a lot of noise when it’s moving around.
The most significant change is that the Echo Show 10 now has a 13MP (megapixel) camera, and support for both Zoom and Chime, two popular video conferencing apps. Amazon also announced that Netflix will be available on the Echo Show 10 for the first time. The Echo Show 10 also features Amazon’s new AZ1 chip, and will be available for $249.99 and is “coming soon.”
All of the new Echo devices benefit from a handful of new updates to Alexa, Amazon’s smart-home assistant. You’ll be able to tell Alexa when it makes an error, and it’ll learn from its mistakes to avoid them again. Alexa can also insert pauses, and breaths, which can mimic the experience of speaking to a real person. By using context clues and machine learning, Alexa devices will also understand when you’re talking to them instead of another person.
Amazon also announced hardware refreshes for its Fire TV Stick, which is 50% more powerful, supports HD streaming, both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, and consumes 50% less power. It’ll be available on September 30 for $39.99. The company also announced the Fire TV Stick Lite, which doesn’t support Dolby Vision or Dolby Atmos, hasn’t received the power bump, and will be available on September 30 for $29.99.
Both devices will receive the latest version of Fire TV OS, the software that power’s Amazon’s media streamers. The latest update includes support for picture-in-picture, and an updated version of Alexa that won’t take over your entire TV set when you answer a question.
Both of these Fire TV Sticks were developed to work with Luna, Amazon’s new video game streaming service, which launches in the United States very soon. Luna costs $5.99 per month, and includes unlimited access to over 50 premium games; Amazon announced a partnership with Ubisoft, which will double Luna’s game library.
You’ll be able to play these games using Amazon’s new Luna controller, which will be available for $49.99, and launch shortly. Subscribers will be able to play Luna games on the Fire TV Stick, computers running Windows or MacOS, and phones and tablets running iOS and Android. Luna also integrates with Twitch, the most popular video game streaming services. If you see a streamer playing a game available on Luna, you’ll be able to launch the game and start playing it yourself.
The hardware announcements continued with updates to Amazon’s Eero and Eero Pro routers, which both received two significant updates. The bigger one is that these new routers support Wi-Fi 6, the latest version of the wireless standard that will enable faster speeds, more stable connections, and the ability to connect to over 75 devices simultaneously.
The second change is that both of these routers now have a Zigbee antenna inside, so you’ll be able to connect your phone to more smart-home accessories through your router instead of an external hub. Both routers will launch on November 6: the eero 6 will be available for for 129$, while the eero 6 Pro will be available for for $229.
Finally, Amazon announced a flurry of new connected security devices coming from Ring. This includes three car security gadgets: Ring Car Alarm, Ring Car Cam, and Ring Car Connect. The Car Alarm will make a loud noise if someone bumps into your car, or tries to break in. You’ll also receive a notification if your car is towed.
Ring’s Car Cam is a dash cam that will continually monitor your car, even when it’s turned off. The Car Cam will also provide emergency crash assistance if you get into an accident, even if you’re unable to issue a command. Amazon has also announced a new Alexa feature called Traffic Stop, which will begin a brand new recording, send video stream to the cloud, and alert a family member that you’ve been pulled over.
The final Ring hardware announcement was the Always Home Cam, an indoor HD camera built into a drone, which can fly on a designated flight path throughout your place, or go to an area if it hears a sound that’s out of place. These Ring devices will be available between now and early 2021, but are not available for preorder just yet. Ring also introduced end-to-end encryption on any video sent from your camera to the cloud, which will roll out next year.
All of this new hardware affirms Amazon’s commitment to dominate the smart home space. They enable you to get on the internet, control your smart-home devices, play games in and out of your house, stream videos, and monitor your home and car. Alexa ties all of this gear together, and allows you to use a single smart platform for many of the devices in your life.
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