Back near the beginning of the year I raved about Netflix’s new original animated series, Carmen Sandiego, which was an unexpected treasure. It took a property that I was never personally invested in, and turned it into a thrilling superspy adventure with healthy doses of educational content. Well, we finally had a chance to watch the new episodes that were released last month, and the second season is even better than the first. The plot twists are twistier, the action set pieces are brilliantly choreographed, the laughs are more frequent… The ten episodes in the season almost function as one long narrative, with cliffhangers ending almost every episode and each new episode picking up right where the previous one left off. Big secrets are revealed, and even bigger questions are uncovered, yet to be answered. There is genuine diversity here, as well, both in terms of the cast of characters, but also the settings and the cultures being depicted.
I loved the first season of the show, but I really loved the second. Carmen Sandiego is one of the best TV shows currently in production, on broadcast, cable, or streaming, and I really hope that it finds a large enough audience that they can keep making new seasons for a long time to come.