Pacific Rim: The Black passes the test again.
This review of Netflix’s Pacific Rim: The Black season 2 does not contain spoilers.
I’ve been brutally honest about my feelings about the Pacific Rim canon in the past. I wasn’t entirely fond of the films, so that’s where my distaste came from. However, for whatever reason, the Netflix animated series Pacific Rim: The Black resonated highly, with Ready Steady Cut giving it a favorable review for season 1. Maybe it’s the childhood trauma, that lust to reconnect with parents that are no longer there, but the emotional chord that runs through the story makes it less about giant mechanic robots and more about the development of each character.
And it’s that reason that season 2 of Pacific Rim: The Black passes the test again. It’s less emotionally resonating because the story is set, and unfortunately, due to this being the last season, the characters need a conclusion. But that does not make the Netflix series any less satisfying. It enjoys riling up the feelings — the writers have enjoyed forcing the characters to submerge into their emotional range. There’s a lot at stake. The impending threat never lessens. And with that, the writers wanted the audience to know how that feels for them.
A minor criticism is that the story’s scope is slightly shortened due to the need to find that end. So while the looming threats are there, there’s this expectation that the characters will find their ultimate objective. But that does not stop Pacific Rim: The Black from presenting some twists along the way. It can be forgiven with 20-minute episodes if season 2 is not as layered as its predecessor.
But not being as layered does not mean this timeline of Pacific Rim is not worth the continuation. There’s a tinge of sadness that it ends. The universe, in animated form, is genuinely worth journeying through for the audience. With season 2 feeling like another success, it does not seem out of the question that this universe can be expanded.
Expect twists, expect ferocious battles with the Kaiju, expect sudden turns, but also expect to feel for the characters. This dystopian world feels even grimmer in season 2, even if it is super cool.
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