Hostages Season 2 Review: Starts with a high-octane adrenaline rush, but soon gets eclipsed by too many characters and some logical loopholes

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Hostages Season 2 Review: Starts with a high-octane adrenaline rush, but soon gets eclipsed by too many characters and some logical loopholes
SP Prithvi Singh (Ronit Roy), who kidnapped CM Khushwant Lal Handa (Dalip Tahil) to save his wife’s life finds himself in a hostage situation after getting stuck inside an abandoned mansion across outskirts of the city. With an unimaginably huge police force surrounding, he finds his wife’s condition is getting devolved. With few friends within the police force on his side, he manages to pull off things as he wanted. But sooner, he is hit by unexpected turbulence when a man with a mysterious identity kidnaps his daughter.
Analysis

From the word ‘Go’, you’ll never feel the time has swift so fast until Episode 4. The first four chapters have a flawless narration, where you’ll never feel that Season 1 has ended. It’s so engrossing and racy as one would decide to go for a binge-watch. But sooner, the so-called cinematic approach starts dominating the drama, where we start losing the connection. In an honest essence, the main reason behind the success of the first season was its ability to engage the audiences with limited characters and locations. In contrast, we find this latest outing scattered away from the major characters and starts bringing in new ones. Well, the erstwhile drama was about the protagonist SP Prithvi Singh’s hidden mission of kidnapping Chief Minister for personal reasons and it gets solved midway here. This indeed becomes a major barricade hampering the progression of drama, where the latter part episodes look more like an extended version. The assassination plan of Chief Minister Khushwant Lal Handa (Dalip Tahil) by few groups makes it yet another potboiler for the reason behind it is too flimsy. Yet another reason why we can’t get ourselves hooked to Hostages 2 is that the Prithvi Singh’s character gets overshadowed by too many crowds. From the journalists looking out to crack the conspiracies and bunch of cops having their egoistic issues inside the camp, there’s more drama, which is a waste of time for the characters do nothing other than swearing. In particular, some of the characters have nothing to do here. Say, for instance, to have a promising actress like Divya Dutta perform an important role, we are brimmed with assumptions that she’ll crack the mystery with her high-calibre IQ only to get disappointed. Yes, the character does find a couple of good clues, but it’s inappropriately placed. Blame the writers for it looks like they wanted to extend a 9-episode series into dozen numbers, which propelled them for erroneous writing. Yes, there are few brilliant flashpoints, where the writers and director Sudhir Mishra showcase their spellbinding nuances. The encounter between Chief Minister and Subramaniam followed and the ‘Surgery’ drama is extremely amazing. If a few more instances with such high-level engagements were included, it would have been the biggest show all the way. The finale drops into an emotional zone, which is a shocking twist, which will leave the franchise lovers drenched in emotions. 

Performances

Every actor has given the best into the roles they have picked. Of course, we expect a lot from Ronit Roy, but as abovementioned, his character fades now and then due to overcrowding. Dino Morea and Divya Dutta are talented actors, but they disappoint us. Nothing to blame them for it's about the fallible characterizations they are given to perform. Mohan Kapur as Subramaniam has very limited scenes but excels well. Anangsha Biswar appears too late in time and despite her role is more like a cameo does a commendable job. The others in star-cast have made sure that their performance gets labelled flawless. 

Music & Other Departments

Hostages had found a synonymous relevance for its best theme music and it does offer Goosebump every time you hear it during title credits. In season 2, we experience the same, but we don't find anything more special than this. Cinematography and Sound Editing are the ultimate attractions and both these departments have given its best. Editing is quite good as it tries to make the multiple characters and their dramas equally spread. Even then, we feel the absence of the major characters.

Highlights

  • First four episodes 
  • Performances
  • Sound & Cinematography 

Drawbacks

1. The drama gets stretched out too much 
2. Too many characters and sub-plots ruin the essence that Season 1 had. 
3. Logical loopholes 

Did I enjoy it?

The first 4-5 episodes were extremely enjoyable, but things turned out to be mediocre as it stepped into the run of the mill zone sooner. 

Do I recommend it?

This 12-episode is good in few parts but is nowhere close to Season 1 when it comes to raciness and engagement. 


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