Welcome back to Lakeview for season 2 of Amazon Prime’s Upload, where rich, dead people get to live happily ever after with picturesque surroundings and all the comforts their hearts desire.
At the helm of The Office’s director and uber-genius, Greg Daniels, season 1 was a fun time and that was mainly due to the budding romance between Nathan (Robbie Amell) and Nora (Andy Aloo). The pair shared a really great on-screen chemistry which allowed you to quickly become invested in their characters. There were many twists to Nathan’s story and the last time we saw him he had been frozen after being transferred to the 2GB floor at Lakeview and had used up all his data.
Season 2 picks up from where we left off as Nathan’s investigations into the people who had him killed progresses. There’s added hijinks this time round after Ingrid (Allegra Edwards) has uploaded to Lakeview. Allegra adds so much humour to this season with her spoilt brat antics. I couldn’t help but chuckle every time she gets Nora’s name wrong and let’s give it to her, she lets off a pretty impressive scream.
The comedy also comes left, right and centre from Kevin Bigley as Luke and Zainab Johnson as Aleesha. In fact I would go so far as to say these two were the stand outs for me. Singularly, they are great characters but scenes they share together are brilliant and I really enjoy the back and forth and banter of their relationship. I like that they are flirty and inappropriate but that nothing romantic has happened between them. I think there is an underlying deeper connection between them, which neither will admit.
There’s a Robin Hood vibe to season 2 from the off as Nathan and Nora both tackle the unfairness and unjust nature in the poor not being able to benefit from such upload systems. It also ponders on the development of technology to the point of it being used to read our thoughts as quickly as we’re thinking them. The will they/won’t they aspect of Nathan and Nora’s relationship continues to play out during this season but Ingrid’s arrival and Nora finding romance with Mateo (Paulo Costanzo) after escaping Horizen, complicates things. However, the course they take is worth the wait and a fab pay off. Robbie Amell once again exudes charm in the lead role and watching Nathan’s character develop even further was great.
Upload is an interesting concept with potentially great characters. Some of them get to shine this season and there are others which I’d really like the chance to explore further. The final episode was possibly the highlight for me as the pace picks up with a really interesting gear change and a game changer of a cliffhanger.
If you enjoyed season 1 you’re bound to love the shows second outing. We need a season 3 purely for more A.I. Guy!