Originally Posted by shivaji
As mentioned, the sets looked a bit cheap and were often darkly lit and to further go in that direction, the action during the later episodes often took place either in a darkened cave or in the woods. Cant get cheaper than a cave, I imagine.
Well, except for shooting in the woods perhaps.
Originally Posted by archiguy
After reading all these comments, I'm tempted to just punt on S-2 of 'AC'. Sounds like Netflix mandated budget cuts that basically emasculated what was so great about S-1.
Heaven knows there's plenty of good stuff to watch these days. The era of "Peak TV" has given way to the era of "Too Much TV".
Originally Posted by TitusTroy
outside of the complaints about the budget being cut, most of the criticisms in this thread about Season 2 seem to be from book readers who feel the show has drifted too far from the source material...I'm wondering if S2 will be better appreciated by non-book readers who can enjoy it without any expectations
I'm through episode 5 (lots of scenes with caves and woods) and I have to say in all fairness regarding supposed budget cuts this season, book 2 was mostly set in remote, isolated environments on a colony world (woods, beaches, caves, dark abandoned structures, etc.). And in book 3, the Harlan's World planet is mostly water with habitable zones on clusters of islands. So Kovacs spends entire chapters on various water craft getting from point A to B. A significant portion of the first half of book 3 is set in remote wooded areas, and the last part is mainly set along beaches. When Kovac is in urban zones, he's usually on the run, hiding or looking for people in warehouses, dive bars, seedy underground places where criminals operate.
In season 2, we are seeing a lot more of Danica Harlan's bigger budget world than is described in the book. Maybe some sets "look cheap," but a lot these environments (other than the Harlan and Yakuza boss homes) aren't supposed to be clean, slick, futuristic, fine art architecture. Most of the population lives on the edges of existence in crappy, cobbled together, rundown buildings.