It took a long time to get into the first season of The Leviathan Chronicles. To be honest, I never did. The closest thing I got to experiencing the first season of this underwater sic-fi adventure was the Season one recap. After listening to that, I was intrigued to not only listen, but to buy the director’s cut. Let me just say, it’s worth every penny.
The thing that caught my attention were the three main story lines of Tully and Oberlin, the Black Door group and the Leviathan rebels, and Macallan’s team. Two out of the three were in direct conflict with one another. The execution of the story was brilliantly done. It seemed that in the first few episodes of season one, Macallan was reactive, rather than proactive. On top of that, she didn’t have any traits that made her sympathetic for me. That’s the main reason why I stopped listening.
Season two takes it in an entirely new direction within the first chapter. Granted there was an entire season to get to know the characters and some twists and turns along the way. That being said, I was never lost as to what was going on. There was no mid-story jump-in fatigue, like in a lot of movies and television shows that when you come in late, you have no idea what’s going on.
The rest of the cast was more fleshed out and the ambience and sound effects were top notch as always. This time around the narration bits weren’t as distracting. One thing I noticed was that there’s no clear villain. Not that this story needs one. It’s stronger because of it. There’s an antagonist—the side opposite the main two of Macallan or Black Door, depending on who you feel is the protagonist. Tully’s storyline was definitely the weakest link and hopefully he has more to do in part two.
This part doesn’t end on a cliff hangar. It’s a fully contained story with just the right amount of loose ends needed for what I hope to be an epic season finale. I’ll definitely be purchasing the second part of season two.