It really is an absolute thrill ride and a joy to watch. Season 2 takes what worked in the first season and expands upon it exponentially. With nearly every episode ending on a cliffhanger, your only complaint may be that you have to wait another week to see what happens next.
The season has a determinedly cinematic quality that elevates it beyond most spy series, as does the first-rate writing. ... It's hard to say if "Slow Horses" is a comedy first, a thriller second. It straddles genres deftly, perhaps creating its own in the process.
Great stuff! Some real spycraft in a comedy, dark humor sauce. You laugh and then see it's kind of real, because somebody dies. That's hard to balance and show runners are geniuses. Very original and keeping style and pace from the first season. Great acting, great dialogues, really cool.
In some ways it feels like the show’s writers heard the faint criticism of the first season, attempted to course correct, and ended up with a narrative that tries to be sneaky and comes up just short. And yet, it does little to take away from the show’s innate charms.
Oldman’s performance is a gem. ... It goes off the boil a bit at the end, as these things often do. But it’s solid entertainment. Jack Lowden taps into the low-key comic tone as River Cartwright, ostensibly the hero of the piece. Dustin Demri-Burns is a standout in this series as Min Harper, a nice guy but not the most competent of spies. Little touches give the show a fresh feel.
A complex yarn, slotted into six tightly packed episodes, this generous second helping confirms the series’ status as one of this year’s TV high-points. With Seasons 3 and 4 already on the way, this horse is proving anything but slow.
Yes, you may need to watch the season twice to get a handle on how all the pieces fit together. ... The show (which has been renewed for two more seasons) has real energy. It’s funny and feels smart even when it’s not, with a focus on small and specific stories over the outsized global bombast that tends to dominate espionage stories at the moment.