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Solid, but a let-down after an amazing 1st season
on May 23, 2011
TV series are not like movie sequels and trilogies, etc...The 1st isn't always going to be the best, and then gradually get worse and worse...in fact it is usually the opposite, as characters typically grow throughout the years and the writing continues to improve...
With that being said, Without a Trace is probably one of the only TV series where the 2nd season was weaker than the first...albeit season 1 was totally awesome in every way, I did expect Season 2 to at least come close...it didn't...not to say that it didn't hold my attention, because it definitely did...but there were no standout episodes in my opinion, while the 1st season had a handful...and MOST of the Season 2 episodes were solid, but not all that great...you see it once, you really have no interest in seeing it again...but as I stated before, this is not the case in the first Season...I can watch some of those episodes a dozen times without getting sick of it...so what was it? the acting? the writing? the storylines? the answer: it was a lil bit of everything...probably least of all the acting, as I do think the acting did gradually improve from the first season to the most recent...but the storylines and the writing suffered a bit here, there just weren't any of those episodes that REALLY stand out and make you want to watch it again...In all honesty Season 1 was SO good that they just set the bar too high...in Seasons 3 and 4 I think they improved a bit and almost matched the first season when all is said and done...not quite, but almost...I did like the fact that Anthony LaPaglia's character (Jack Malone), shared a bit more of his personal life, and the rest of the characters also showed a bit more about themselves and what they are like outside the office...the progression there was the one improvement from Season 1 to 2.
Don't take this as a negative review for Season 2 of Without a Trace, because it's not, it's just that it left a lil bit to be desired...and personally I think we were spoiled with the first season being so fantastic...Season 2 was pretty good all in all, and definitely warrants a recommendation from me, especially if you are a fan of this show...just don't be shocked when you realize the first season was better...that's all I want to say.