5 takeaways from NOS4A2 Season 1, Episode 2

Olafur Darri Olafsson as Bing Partridge - NOS4A2 _ Season 1, Episode 2 - Photo Credit: Dana Starbard/AMC
Olafur Darri Olafsson as Bing Partridge - NOS4A2 _ Season 1, Episode 2 - Photo Credit: Dana Starbard/AMC /
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Virginia Kull as Linda McQueen – NOS4A2 _ Season 1, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard/AMC /

The rules of Vic McQueen’s ability and her world are further developed in the second, mostly expository, episode of NOS4A2.

Expanding from the excellent first episode, the second episode of NOS4A2 takes a dip in quality. It’s still a solid hour off television, but you can tell the series has had to struggle to explain the dense lore from the book.

Ultimately, this episode was a necessary evil. We need the rules of Vic’s abilities laid out, and we need to know what Manx’s ultimate agenda is. Hopefully, now that both of these things have been established, the narrative can push forward with more momentum in the third installment and beyond.

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That’s not to say this episode was entirely bad. Given it was expository in nature, their clever foreshadowing and pertinent information we’ll need to understand for the future plot.

5. No one else can cross over the Shorter Way bridge.

For starters, if you were wondering whether or not your average civilian could interact with Vic’s mind bridge, the answer is a resounding no. It was established in the pilot that other people could see the Shorter Way bridge when it manifested, but this week Vic’s fellow biker friend, Craig, tries to follow her across.

Needless to say, he crashes and burns. When Vic returns from finding his lost rabbit, he is laid out on the ground. NOS4A2 glosses over this interaction so it’s difficult to tell if Craig will become an important character later on or if he was mostly used as a plot device to answer that question. It is evident he has a crush on her.