Disagree with me, but I didn't like this season
HUGE SEASON 2 SPOILERS, SORRY!
Parts of this season were cool, but I wouldn't necessarily say it's their best. The start of Episode 4 with Batman taking on the Pact was definitely a HUGE highlight, but everything else felt... sort of strange.
- The first episode of the season was almost definitely the best, if not for the huge setup and potential it leaves for the future, along with Riddler (voiced by Robin Atkin Downes) being awesome. But then the rest of the season sort of just... kind of... doesn't do that much. It's more like the plot just kind of brings you along for the ride the whole way.
- No matter what you do, you HAVE to do what everyone tells you. People are nonstop, constantly bossing Batman around in this season. I get that Waller's blackmailing him, but couldn't Batman just have easily been like, "Listen, if you expose my identity and lose me as an ally, then who is going to help you take down the Pact"?
- They introduced a new character through Iman Avesta. But Iman... didn't do anything. Like at all. She told Waller you were Batman (and you weren't allowed to be mad), she destroyed Riddler's blood (which just felt plot-convenient and like it was for no reason), and then she... becomes unemployed? If you liked her, that's totally fine, but to me she just felt pointless and like she was GOING to contribute something bigger and then didn't.
- I liked John, but he felt sort of random. I get that that's supposed to be part of his character or whatever, but it just felt like it made it convenient for the story or something. I totally liked having him around, don't get me wrong, but towards the end it felt like the writing got lazy with him. It's as if those funhouse jumpscares and whatever decorations were somehow specifically set up for YOU/Bruce to see for the first time, but then John says that a bunch of agents somehow got through it already. Not to mention that Willy (remember him?) conveniently happens to be an engineer, AND a former Ace Chemicals employee or whatever, (AND a graphic desginer?) so that Vigilante John would have an excuse to get his gadgets, and car (with his logo on it?), and a place to flee to for the final confrontation. Like, the story didn't HAVE to give him all these things, but it did. And then didn't really have a reason for it.
- Tiffany felt predictable. Like 'Oh Lucius died, guess we'll have to find SOMEONE else to be our gadget guy!'. But she doesn't HAVE to be your teammate, which is cool and all, but the game very clearly wants you to recruit her. I DID, and didn't really mind her all that much until she admits to the murder. To which you can say "You need a teacher" or "Nah, I'm taking you in", of which I chose the ladder (Batman doesn't like killing, sue me). But then Tiffany says 'You would turn me in?', all the while forgetting that SHE DID THE SAME THING TO YOU FIRST. She called the cops on you in Ep 3 based on a HUNCH. But NOW it's NOT COOL. C'mon man, there's no continuity.
- I get that everyone likes having Harley, Bane, and Freeze around. I admit that I did too. But in hindsight, it feels like it was... too much? Like in Season 1, you got to know Oswald and Harvey when they, you know, WEREN'T Penguin and Two-face. It felt more interpersonal that way. Simply having these recognizable super villains walking around (despite having awesome redesigns) just felt weird after beating the whole thing.
- The ending felt fast. At first I thought the whole thing was going by fast, but upon replays it actually felt pretty well paced (I guess just don't play the last episode with trophy notification on). I understand that the main conflict had been defeated and that everything was coming to a close and all, but after making what felt like a big choice, the episode is just over! After choosing what to give up (your cowl or your bud) it's just like "well what now?" ...And then it's over! Yes you get those end credits scenes, but, like, they're short and non interactive. And the Vigilante ones are arguably more different than the Villain ones.
I don't hate this season or anything, it was pretty fun overall! I just felt like there was more there could have been done to improve on it. I don't know.
This just my opinion though. Feel free to tell me what you liked and why I'm wrong lol