Sacred Games season 2 is an absolute binger that lives up to the hype

Netflix’s most anticipated series Sacred Games is back with its most anticipated season. And we have been on the edge of our seats with curiosity and excitement since it first announced the date of release. The best part of it? No character let us down this time as well.

Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are in top form, setting the standards high for more. The thrilling, intriguing and hooking nature of this series with the perfect combination of dark humour and dialogue that are too real to be. 

The plot

As the makers follow the storytelling style of the previous season and narrate the story in a non-linear fashion, the twists and turns give it a massive thrilling touch. The story transverses from one time period to another – a sort of juxtaposition of the lead characters – Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) – and their storylines. As Nawazuddin himself turns orator for his story in flashback, Saif unfolds key points of what danger is Mumbai in and amidst it, also deals with his complicated personal life. 

Gaitonde, who was last seen breaking a jail, is now seen somewhere in the seas. He has nothing on his mind but revenge. Nawazuddin reprises his role as the notorious gangster, but not in Bombay or Mumbai, Gaitonde is now setting up his business overseas in Mombasa, Kenya. But things are changed – Gaitonde, who called himself Bhagwan, is now coming to terms with his own fall. His empire is in deep waters and he is away from the city he loves, Bombay.

Simultaneously, Saif Ali Khan as Sartaj is looking for the mission puzzle pieces. Delivering a restrained performance with just the right amount of intensity and ease, Saif as Sartaj keeps you hooked. It might be his duty as a cop to investigate and solve the intricate process, but as a viewer, you cannot help but start looking for clues yourself as the story progresses. Pankaj Tripathi as Guruji and Kalki Koechlin as Abelman deliver a stellar performance as expected.

The verdict

Sometime during the show, a prominent character says, “Nucleus se hi nikle the, nucleus mei hi waapis jaayege” and that, can be an apt and short description of the season. Crime, corruption, and communalism – the three facets of Sacred Games have been dealt with sensitively. The elemental and mental chaos, both, have been truly portrayed with finesse. Anything more about the plot will be a giveaway, but it would suffice to say that the show is a ticking bomb, one that you need to invest your time and attention to.

With the show being both mysterious and thrilling, it doesn’t yet lose sight of its commentary, plot and story. As with the first season, it leaves you with questions and things to think about for the next season.

Season 2 of Sacred Games gets a 5/5 from us easily.

Definitely keep this season on your watch list this vacation because it’s worth the time.

Money Heist Season 3: Back with a Bang!

It’s time to get our red jumpsuits and Dali masks back on because Netflix’s acclaimed Spanish Crime Drama ‘La Casa De Papel’ or Money Heist is back with its 3rd season.  Season 3 finally dropped on Netflix on Friday, July 19 to the surprise and joy of fans worldwide. And what a comeback the Professor and his crew have made! The latest season is centred on an even more audacious heist with much higher stakes. Here is our review on the latest season of Money Heist.

P.S – Minor Spoilers/Plot-point for episode 1 & 2 of the 3rd season

The Plot

The series builds off from the end of the first two seasons which saw the Professor and his gang with city named aliases robs almost 2.5 billion Euro from the royal mint of Spain and making their escape from the Spanish government and police.

Them being some of the world’s most wanted criminals, the group along with the professor split up to different parts of the world, to live out the rest of their lives with their loot.

But tragedy struck when Rio, the master hacker among the group, is caught and subsequently tortured by the Spanish government. So Tokyo is tasked with finding the professor and the rest of the crew to devise a plan to get Rio back. And they plan to do it with their latest heist i.e. the gold deposit of the bank of Spain. 

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New characters and old faces

The latest season has introduced several new characters on both sides. Bogotá, Marseille and Palermo have replaced the deceased Moscow, Oslo and Berlin as the newest members. Characters of Mónica Gaztambide and Raquel Murillo have formally joined the group, taking up the aliases Stockholm and Lisbon respectively.  

Coronel Luis Tamayo and Alicia Sierra are the new antagonists tasked with taking down the professor and his group. We also get recurring characters such as inspector Ángel Rubio, Arturo Román, Coronel Prieto in on the action as well as the deceased members of the professor’s group through flashbacks, especially that of Berlin’s. 

Opinion

The first two seasons of Money Heist was a huge international success. Prior to season 3’s release, it was Netflix’s most-watched non-English series and even won an Emmy. So to say that expectation for the 3rd season was high is an understatement. And season 3 did not disappoint.

The plot was dynamic and enthralling with great pacing, the visuals and soundtracks for the entire season were topnotch and the signature chess-like plotting and manoeuvering from both sides was a treat to watch. Like the robbery it portrays, the series itself is fast, intricate and perfectly executed. By the end, the show finishes off on a classic fake-out and cliffhanger that will leave you desperately waiting for season 4.

A solid 4/5 from us, the 3rd season of Money Heist is a must-watch for fans of the show.

For anyone who’s contemplating watching the show, this is the best time.