My life is murder, season 2, begins August 30 (today!) on Acorn TV with two episodes. The rest of season 2 will be released weekly on Mondays. Lucy Lawless stars as a retired cop who goes hand in hand with special cases as a police adviser.
Acorn TV gave me early screeners with the first 4 episodes of My life is murder, season 2. There will be 10 episodes in season 2.
Lucy Lawless as Alexa Crowe has moved from Australia to Auckland, New Zealand. A cop named Harry (Rawiri Jobe) quickly recruits her to consult the police there. She sells her bread at a local bistro called Ruben’s, run by Ruben (Joe Naufahu).
She hasn’t been in New Zealand very long when she asks Madison (Ebony Vagulans) to join her. Alexa tells Madison she needs help for a few days, but it doesn’t take long for Madison to move in and work with Alexa on each new case.
Alexa explains to Madison that she came to New Zealand to see her brother. It is suggested that she means “see him while she still can”, but we don’t know what that means. We don’t meet her brother until episode 3, so I won’t tell you who’s playing him or what he’s up to.
Alexa, Madison, Harry and Ruben are the protagonists, with new guests and new cases in each episode.
The pictures of Auckland are really beautiful, especially the aerial pictures. Alexa grew up in Auckland. Her stories of her childhood there fill in gaps about her life and personality. Alexa is still the same charmer she was in season 1. She has the attitude that since she’s not a real cop, she can do anything she wants. Some of her methods aren’t strictly legal, but her tactics don’t bother Harry as long as he eventually catches the criminal.
The costumes are beautiful – Madison is always splashed with color. Alexa wears beautiful coats even on a hot day and looks great.
The first episode is about a woman who shoots someone on a public jogging track, but doesn’t remember. The second episode is about a surfer who dies mysteriously. The bare minimum about what I saw in the early screeners is this: episode three is about drag queens, and four is set in the Auckland Museum, which is a fantastic space.
A late season episode reunites Lucy Lawless and her xena co-star Renee O’Connor. That will be one to look forward to!
I won’t divulge any details about the mysteries, but I have to say something about the pronoun problem I had with the drag queen episode. I don’t know about the custom in New Zealand, but in the US, a drag queen is normally identified by a masculine pronoun. In the series, he and/or she were both used depending on whether the man was dressed in plain clothes or in a turban. Drag is not the same as trans. It drove me a little crazy.
Two of the first episodes were directed by Britta Hawkins. Other directors aren’t listed anywhere yet, but I hope there are more women. This series is written and produced by women.
And yes, Lucy Lawless still has it. The trailer proves it.
Will you be watching the first two episodes and looking for more every Monday? If season 2 is as fun as season 1, it will be worth your time. Wish we could see the entire season in one release? Yes I do.