NOS4A2 season two review: Christmas in June

Ashleigh Cummings as Vic McQueen, Jonathan Langdon as Lou Carmody, Jason David as Wayne McQueen - NOS4A2 _ Season 2 - Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard/AMC
Ashleigh Cummings as Vic McQueen, Jonathan Langdon as Lou Carmody, Jason David as Wayne McQueen - NOS4A2 _ Season 2 - Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard/AMC /

AMC’s horror series NOS4A2 will be returning to television on June 21, along with the cast members we have come to know, love, and often fear.

The first season of NOS4A2 started off a bit slow, and it took a few episodes before I was hooked. I am a huge fan of Joe Hill’s novel, which is the source material for the series, so I had high expectations, and it just didn’t quite meet them at first. As it went along, it got better and more exciting, and I watched the last two episodes on the edge of my seat.

I have now watched the first episode of season two, and I wanted to write down my thoughts while it is still fresh on my mind. But first, a little refresher course:

During season one of NOS4A2, we met Vic McQueen, who had a specific magical power related to her dirt bike. When she rode her bike across the covered Shorter Way Bridge, she could find lost things. Initially, the things were pretty basic, like a lost credit card and a misplaced watch.

But Vic also managed to capture the attention of a very bad man named Charlie Manx, who resided in Christmasland with his vampire-like children…children he had kidnapped and stolen the life force from. And what really accelerated a show down between Vic and Manx was the fact that he chose to kidnap a little girl named Haley, with whom Vic was very close.

Ashleigh Cummings as Vic McQueen – NOS4A2 _ Season 2 – Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard/AMC /

Joining Vic in her search for Manx was her good friend Craig, and the clairvoyant Maggie, who could tell the future via a magical bag of Scrabble tiles. Manx had help of his own in the form of his evil Wraith, crazy Bing Partridge and the “gingerbread gas” he provided to aid in kidnappings.

I won’t go much further into last season’s story, but I highly recommend that you watch/re-watch it before season two kicks off. It’s available to stream on, Shudder and Hulu, so get to watchin’!

In the meantime, let’s get a little sneak peak into the second season, which is set 8 years later. Vic and her knight on a shining motorcycle, Lou Carmody are raising her son Wayne together in Gunbarrel, Colorado. We see Vic airbrushing custom artwork on a motorcycle, and they seem to be settled and doing well.

Appearances can be deceiving though, and we find out that Vic is prone to going on a bender every Christmas, and still hears the phone ringing. In her zeal to protect her son from Manx, she loses focus sometimes, and in this episode, Wayne (well played by young Jason David) is put in grave danger due to Vic’s loss of personal control.

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Maggie is living happily with her girlfriend Tabitha, the Detective who investigated Charlie Manx in season one. It seems that she and Vic keep in touch, and she is the first person Vic calls when she hears the news that Charlie Manx has died in the hospital after spending the last eight years in a coma.

Meanwhile, back at the Sleigh House, Manx’s evil children have discovered a portal that allows them to step out of Christmasland and into the “real” world. Uh-oh, this doesn’t bode well for anyone!

We see Bing Partridge too, as he tries to track down Manx’s beloved Rolls-Royce Wraith. He looks different now, but he still has those crazy eyes.

I don’t want to give away any more plot points, but I will say that I am pretty excited about the upcoming season. One episode in, and I am already hooked and waiting to see what is going to happen next.

It was great to see Vic and company again, I didn’t realize how much I had missed them…well, most of them, anyway.

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NOS4A2 features Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Jahkara Smith and Jonathon Langdon. Executive Producers include Showrunner Jami O’Brien, Lauren Corrao and Joe Hill. Season two will premiere on AMC June 21 at 9:00 PM.

Did you enjoy the first season of NOS4A2? Are you looking forward to season two? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.