Looking like it could be at least as good as the first season if not better.
Looks like they skipped book 2 and went to book 3, albeit with heavy modifications. Quellcrist seems to be taking the place of the female lead in book 3. Not a bad swap, and her character was already very different from the novels. Not that this is a problem, I think season 1 did a better job than the novels, already. Interested to see what they mine as interesting from book 3 and use it to tell a partly original story.
I wasn't overly impressed with season one... but it looks like Poe is back in this one as well so I'll probably watch it.
Well, it's a known fact you have questionable taste. You post here, for instance.
It was just a little too "far future" to fit my personal taste of C-Punk, I like my C-Punk being more "two weeks into the future". And it really didn't delve heavily enough into "what does it mean to be human" to whet my transhumanist appetites, so to me it felt like the 'far future' aspect was a bit wasted.
They right proper tuned into the dystopia though. It got two grimy thumbs up from me.
As much as I love the first season, I didn't really enjoy the second. It seemed... forced. It lacked the connections of the first, and rushed through too much. Where they took elements of the book for the first and changed them to tell a better story, here they stole elements from two books in a rather haphazard way, smashed them together with no development, and what they did change failed to grasp either the import of the plots from the book or install a new plotline that worked.
The took the Wedge from the 2nd book but cast them from the start as enemies, and cardboard ones at that. They even brought back an antagonist from the first season to stand in for Carrera, but that made it even more cardboard. They took some of the elder archaeology from the 2nd book, including Semetaire and the soul market, but didn't really do anything with it. They lopped off the first half of the third book (a good call), but kept a character while changing her completely. Which they have to do because, in the book, Quellcrist was a cyber-ghost that had attached itself to the character because of her cyber-interface. But, here, we have Quell as a fully independent character (who's an amalgamation of multiple characters) so that doesn't fly. But they included the character, mostly, it seems to have a showcase for an LBGT character rather than a critical part of the plot. There were so many better things they could do with that character to make them relevant rather than the limited 'get the other characters to this place then disappear until we need you again' arcs she had. The Dig AI was underdeveloped. The Governor was cardboard mustache-twirling villain. They didn't do anything interesting with the Yakuza. All in all, it was like they mined the books for elements, but had no idea what to do with them.