Orwell‘s first season was an unexpected nail-biter and a personal GOTY on release. It wasn’t much to look at, but for all the data input and web browsing, it ended up being a fascinating conspiracy thriller, where the line between surveillance and stalking was easily blurred.
Even with the high stakes involved, Orwell worked because of its intimacy as your agency picked apart the lives of a small but fully realised cast in order to expose a terrorist cell. Orwell‘s second season, Ignorance is Strength, attempts to expand the series not only with new surveillance mechanics but also a new plot on a global scale. But in doing so, does it lose some of the intensive voyeurism that made the original so special?