The Way Home: The Way Home, season 2 (all episodes)
February 9, 2024 11:36 AM - Season 2, Episode 1 - Subscribe

The continuing saga of the Landry family and their magical time-traveling pond.

I found some recaps of the first three episodes here.

Commentary on episodes 1-3: Alice is having issues with the pond, Elliot returns and is still having issues with this whole thing, Del's having farm financial difficulties, has yet another flirty guy interested in her (boy, is she never into that) and seems to have acquired a horse, and KAT TIME TRAVELED IN THE POND TO 1814, where an adult Jacob has apparently been adopted by his own ancestors. Adoptive dad is quite friendly, Jacob's fiancee is quite suspicious, causing Kat to demonstrate how pond disappearance works. Also, Kat acquires a new nonbinary intern, Casey, who has the sort of interest in Alice that might make one wonder if they're a future time traveler.
posted by jenfullmoon (4 comments total)
The time travel potential of the pond has now gone into full wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey!

I do feel like the writers are in a weird spot where they didn't anticipate this show doing so well, and now actually have to figure out the rules of their time travel, which may negate some of the rules from last season. I also feel more for Elliott, who once again has to shoulder the burden of knowing how his past connects to his future. Is that why he came back when he did? Knowing that Alice would be going back to the past soon? I just want a nice resolution for him. He's suffered enough. He needs his own life.

Anyway, I'm here more for the time travel shenanigans than the family drama, but I would really like to see Del go through the pond. Do you have to have Landry blood to go through it? Or just be part of the Landry family (because the dog went through!). So many questions, most of which will likely never be answered because I have the feeling the time travel rules are just *shrug*, but I'm content to have this as an easy watch while I'm working on other things.
posted by paisley sheep at 8:40 AM on February 10 [1 favorite]

This is a very floofy show. Engaging but not deep, entertaining but silly. It's like a middlebrow hug of a show. I'd give it like 2.5 starts out of five but we also never miss an episode.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:08 AM on February 27

This is really settling in as TV-14 Outlander.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:55 PM on March 16

Okay, so I watched the first four episodes with friends, then ended up not getting to it with said friends, now am trying to finish it off alone. I'm on episode 8.

Good points of the season:
* I enjoy the 1814 plot. Thomas is divey but interesting, I love Susannah and her witchiness. I presume she's not straight and might be asexual/lesbian what with the whole "marriage of convenience" thing and Kat playing a witch. I wish we could bring her forward in time. That said, girl, stick a baggie or two of meds in your pocket and don't go showing up in modern clothes! Don't PUT ON modern clothes and hop in! You're lucky Susannah and Thomas are buying it.
* My, are they dragging out the whole Jacob reunion thing, sooooooooooooo slowly. He finally gets to talk in episode 8, at least.
* So, Casey's probably a time traveling relative from the future, right?

Mediocre points:
* Noah is cute but looks like another version of Teen Brady, so much it's kind of hard to root for a romantic relationship. That said, the Backstreet singing was cute.
* I like Adult Nick, but having Alice around him in 2024, I dunno here, it's kinda weird and kinda torture.

Bad points:
* I always hate Del plots, and hers are depressing. Moping, waiting on a call about Jacob's body we know not to care about, always being out of the loop, and a non-relationship with Sam that she cannot stop sabotaging because COLTON COLTON COLTON I JUST CAN'T GET OVER COLTON AND FLASHBACKING COLTON AND THINKING ABOUT COLTON. Can we please just end giving Del perfect love interests if she's not interested? Lady, you can love your dead husband and still love someone else too if you like.
* I'm still not sure what to make of Sam--he's too perfect--but should I even care, see above?
* Elliot is a pouting wanker and I have less and less sympathy for him with every outburst.

Developments in episode 8:
* WELL, FINALLY KAT AND ALICE SAW EACH OTHER, surprise, something changed in time!
* The whole Lingermore party thing is weird, and suddenly having Alice jump from 2001 to 2007 in time travel seems out of sync with previous operations of the pond (not that we get how the pond runs), also looks weird that Alice hasn't aged. Also, mid20somethings are crashing a rich person's house for a party? Why isn't this plot in 2001 where it belongs?
* I feel bad for 20something Elliot finally getting his dream and here's Alice being all "don't wipe me out of existence!"
* Hard for me to get worked up about Kat being knocked in the pool with blood in 2007.
posted by jenfullmoon at 10:51 PM on April 14

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