Invasion Season 2 Review – an unlikable cast will leave you rooting for the aliens

By Adam Lock
Published: August 21, 2023 (Last updated: October 11, 2023)
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Apple TV+ series Invasion Season 2 Review


Season 2 of Invasion is hindered by predictable, plodding writing, painful dialogue, and a cast of unlikable characters. This feels like a generic science fiction series written by an algorithm.

Here is our review of the Apple TV+ series Invasion Season 2, which does not contain significant spoilers.

David Weil (Citadel) and Simon Kinberg’s Apple Original Series Invasion was poorly received by critics on its initial release. Yet the show was popular enough to garner a second season regardless of these mixed reviews.

Due to its promising viewing figures, the global sci-fi series returns with ten more meandering installments. Unfortunately, it seems as though it would have been better left unfinished, as the show struggles to overcome its many flaws from the first season in a disappointing sequel.

Invasion Season 2 Review and Plot Summary

We pick up 121 days after the alien invasion first began. The military has managed to gun down one of the aliens’ ships, but ever since that minor victory, the humans have been losing the war against these violent invaders.

The series splits its time between the many ongoing subplots from the first season, focusing on a small cast of international characters as they attempt to defeat the aliens by any means necessary. Some utilize the military’s firepower, while others hunt for key players in this war, those individuals who could make a real difference.

The new season kicks off with Mitsuki Yamato (Shioli Kutsuna) in Osaka, Japan, as she evades the alien attackers in a dystopian city street. Mitsuki appears to be the only civilian fighting back. Her vital knowledge of these alien species and their weaknesses takes her on a quest across the globe.

She is brought in to help communicate with a trapped alien entity that differs in appearance from the usual attackers. Mitsuki’s unparalleled genius and strange connection with this alien may help unlock the invaders’ true objective.

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Elsewhere, we are reunited with the Malik family as they journey through British Columbia with an alien weapon they don’t yet fully understand. Soldier Trevante (Shamier Anderson) follows vague clues from Caspar’s notebook throughout the southern states while the chosen one himself is still battling his way out of a deadly coma.

And finally, Caspar’s friends travel across Europe in search of their savior.

When the humans finally decide to fight back, the aliens start to adapt and strengthen their own army.

Is Invasion Season 2 good or bad?

An alien invasion series backed by Apple TV+ was always going to be an exciting prospect, but the second season of Invasion is a real disappointment overall. The series includes generic and pretentious dialogue, peddling all the usual tired TV tropes you’ve come to expect while following a cast of irritating and truly unlikable characters.

The problem isn’t necessarily in the blatant over-acting from the cast or the questionable morals of these characters but in their poorly written two-dimensional approach. These are cliched characters with absolutely no depth to them. Actors are forced to deliver corny one-liners and follow illogical motives purely to serve the story.

Is Invasion Season 2 worth watching?

With no one to root for and a plodding, tedious plot guiding us, it is really hard to get invested in Invasion. The filmmakers manage to build some genuine tension with the threat of these alien creatures, and Mitsuki’s subplot has a visual flair to it, but this is not enough on its own to keep viewers coming back for more week in and week out.

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