'One of Us is Lying' Season 2 Review: With crisp writing and compelling acting, new season is a thrilling watch

'One of Us is Lying' Season 2 Review: With crisp writing and compelling acting, new season is a thrilling watch
Marianly Tejada, Cooper van Grootel, Annalisa Cochrane, and Chibuikem Uche in 'One of Us Is Lying' (IMDb)

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'One of Us is Lying' is back and with a bang. The teen murder series based on the novel by Karen M McManus is literally on fire in the new season. 'One of Us is Lying', which first premiered on Peacock on October 7, 2021, received immense love from the audience. The series was renewed for a second season last January, set to premiere on October 20, 2022. This season will give the audience a sense of relief as the previous one left them hanging worse than a bad date. 

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Five high school students have entered detention, where one of them dies under suspicious circumstances. An investigation ensues and is finally getting resolved, but unfortunately, it also leads to another Simon mystery - which ensures the third season. And that's our glass half-full. Read on to find out what the murder club members and its creator has in store for fans of the genre. 

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Credit where it's due. The writing stands out in the second season, perfect to a t. The limited eight-episode format helps in tight and crisp storytelling from the start to the end, but the writers still deserve a huge shout-out as 'One of Us is Lying' Season 2 will keep you at the edge of your seats. 

The inclusivity of extremely cute queer relationships and the honest and very real questions that teenagers often ask themselves regarding their gender and identity stand out as the season's best moments. However, the series does not make a huge deal out of it as they try to portray it as normal, which deserves more kudos. It is refreshing to see a character owning their identity and their journey towards accepting it.

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The cast who reprised their roles have all done a phenomenal job but Marianly Tejada, Cooper van Grootel, Annalisa Cochrane, and Chibuikem Uche steal the show, along with Melissa Collazo, who plays Maeve, the unofficial member of the murder club, and Karim Diane as Kris, Cooper's on-and-off partner.

Teen dramas often tend to feature fewer adults. This is not the case with 'One of Us is Lying' Season 2. While some 'main characters' from the first season were removed without an explanation, the cinematography, storyline, and acting of the ensemble cast make up for it. 

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The final episode and the real identity of Simon Says comes as nothing less than a huge reveal and shocker. The antagonist's motive ends up being a highlight of the series, perhaps even more than the big reveal. This season will keep you on your toes as the plot is crisp, the acting is compelling, and as a whole, the season is phenomenal. 

'One of Us is Lying' Season 2 has eight fifty-minute episodes and premieres on Peacock on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 3.01 am ET.

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