‘ALMOST PARADISE,’ SEASON TWO: THE LIGHTHEARTED ADVENTURE IS BACK

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Dean Devlin’s second season of the Freevee original is back – finally.

Almost Paradise, Season Two (2023) Freevee TV Season Review

Finding the peace and stressless life he needs is tougher than Alex Spencer (Christian Kane) thought. A former DEA agent who developed some health challenges, Alex retires to a gorgeous Phillipines island where he buys a gift shop and plans to enjoy a stressless life. But instead, he finds himself roped into (sometimes because of his choices!) investigations run by the competent police force.

Pairing up often with detectives Kai Mendoza (Samantha Richelle) and Ernesto Alamares (Arthur Acuña), Alex discovers more than one sketchy deal going down. The latest involves an antique and a beautiful heiress whose involvement is the only thing enticing Alex to participate.

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Like the first season of this show, this followup is lots of fun. From the producer of Leverage and starring one of its stars, Christian Kane, the show is supremely entertaining and of course, has gorgeous scenery. I also like the entire cast. From the sassy young girl who works for Alex to the boss, and Kai and Ernesto, everyone is likable. And it’s this team and the way they all interact that is perhaps my favorite thing about the show. Despite mentioning this a lot (liking vs disliking characters), I think it does matter. Any good team or show that features fun characters can help us to overlook flaws in production.

This season keeps to the same pattern of case by case scripts, plus a few criminal crossovers here and there that Alex imprisoned. The final in particular is a “big” story that not only involves a more danger, but the start of a possible will-they-or-won’t-they. Though if fans don’t like it, I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see anything more come from this. Though it’s not a new trope, the episode ‘Uncoupled’ is also hilarious.

What’s nice about this show is, this season ends in a way that could serve as a finale (I hope it isn’t!), but also a season end. Point is, it doesn’t end with someone in danger or with something terrible looming. We are happy for the characters and where they are, and what they’ve grown from. It’s a good season, and in general, just a fun show that’s easy viewing.

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Content: violence is really the only thing that will bother some. The show keeps things pretty “light” beyond this. Lots of fun and good humor. People die (methods include strangulation with a plastic bag, and a stab wound), others are badly beaten. Nothing ever becomes too graphic though. The show has a TV-PG rating which does fit nicely for some, while others should be bumped up to TV-14.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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