I was swept away with excitement for Upload season two, only wishing there was more


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The cover for season two of the Amazon Prime Video series, Upload

Discovering the secrets of a mysterious murder, a Robin Hood scheme, and a rocky romance are all thrown into the virtual world of Lakeview in Upload season two. 

Simply the premise of the show is intriguing—imagine a future where people can be “uploaded” into a virtual world right before they die. Of course, this seemingly fantastic reality doesn’t come without its complications; how will people interact with people from the real world? Who will pay for their virtual life? This virtual reality has the same vibe as stories such as Ready Player One, except the characters are actually dead.

Season one abandons the audience on a cliffhanger as Nathan Brown, the main character portrayed by Robbie Amell, finds himself in such a shocking situation that drains the remaining gigabytes he has left. 

Do you regret technology? And all its empty promises?”

— Upload, season two

After what seemed like an eternity of waiting, I was giddy with the release of the second season and eager to discover what lies ahead. The opening “Welcome Back, Mr. Brown” did not disappoint, resuming exactly where season one left off with amazing character relationships and a suspenseful plot. 

As the series commenced, the scriptwriters continued to throw curveballs as theories were introduced, true identities were uncovered, and scandalizing thoughts were revealed. The feelings of Nathan Brown kept me captivated throughout the series as he attempted to understand his own emotions in a virtual dimension. 

One of my favorite aspects of the Amazon original is that each character is fantastically unique. The actors convey the awkwardness of millennial interaction so well that it’s hard to believe that their personalities could be anything other than those of their characters. Owen Daniels does such a convincing job of performing the A. I. Guy that I’m continually blown away by how perfectly he executes the mechanical, yet graceful and nonchalant, movements of an AI assistant.

In addition, the series has a hidden message: people may not be showing their true colors; everyone has their secrets, and even the kindest people are not entirely selfless. From the richest of society to those struggling to make ends meet, the personas blend together in a perfect fashion, revealing that everyone has their own battles. 

However, I do have one complaint—the short duration time. Containing only seven 30-minute episodes, the story flew by without a chance for events to fully develop. Instead of fulfilling me with a complete season, it felt like a rushed introduction. An extremely entertaining opening, but a mere introduction nonetheless.

In true Amazon Prime Video fashion, the audience was once again left on a cliffhanger as a too-good-to-be-true event proves to be just that. Someone presses the wrong button, and the audience is left, suspended on the edge of their seats as they must prepare to wait for season three.

Due to the short amount of time it will even take to watch Upload, there’s nothing to lose by giving it a shot. The world set just a few years in the future from now unleashes countless questions, and it’s a thrilling experience to tag along for the journey as the characters attempt to provide the answers.