Season two of the murder mystery comedy, The Afterparty, premiered on Apple TV with yet another murder and a brand new set of suspects. Created by Christopher Miller, the series sets itself apart from your typical whodunit by having each character describe the night of the murder from their perspective in their own preferred film genre.
Where can you watch The Afterparty season 2 in the UAE?
The Afterparty season 2 is now streaming on Apple TV Plus in the UAE. There is no free trial currently available for Apple TV in the UAE, but if you buy an Apple device such as an Apple TV or an iPhone, you also get free access to the platform for a limited time.
The Afterparty Season 2 review
- Intriguing mystery
- Refreshes the whodunit genre
- Some jokes fall flat
- Some characters are quite boring
While season one had escape room designer Aniq Adjaye (Sam Richardson) and Detective Danner (Tiffany Haddish) try to figure out who was behind the high school reunion murder, the pair now has to figure out who poisoned the groom (and his innocent pet lizard) at the most awkward wedding anyone’s ever been to.
It’s been a year since that fateful reunion and poor Xavier’s untimely demise. Aniq and Zoë (Zoë Chao) are attending her sister Grace’s (Poppy Liu) wedding to the very rich and socially awkward Edgar (Zach Woods). It’s Aniq’s first time meeting Zoë’s parents, Vivian and Feng (Vivian Wu and Ken Jeong), and he’s not just keen to make a first impression; he also wants to propose by the end of the weekend.
All proposal plans are left behind when poor Grace wakes up the morning after the nuptials to find her new husband is no longer in the land of the living. Even more distressing, Edgar’s mother, Isabel (Elizabeth Perkins), quickly lays the blame on the blushing bride. After some secret whispering with Edgar’s sleek business partner, Sebastian (Jack Whitehall), the grieving mother decides to delay calling the authorities for a few hours.
Aniq decides it’s time to call his old buddy, Detective Danner, to help him figure out what happened to Edgar and, more importantly, to help clear his future sister-in-law’s name.
This season we meet a whole new set of characters (read: suspects) whose stories need to be heard. Among them are Edgar’s adopted sister, Hanna (Anna Konkle), Grace and Zoë’s funcle (fun uncle), the eccentric Ullyses (John Cho), and Travis (Paul Walter Hauser) the bride’s terminally online boyfriend, who no one likes or understands why he was invited to the wedding in the first place.
Aptly titled, Aniq 2: The Sequel, episode one tells the story from Aniq’s perspective in the genre of a romantic comedy sequel, the one where the protagonist keeps trying to impress his girlfriend’s parents after first meeting but failing miserably.
In the second episode, we hear poor Grace’s story in the form of a period costume romance a la Bridgerton, but with a lot less nudity.
A fun-to-watch mystery
Based on the first two episodes alone, this series seems to keep getting better. It follows the same winning formula that made season one successful but adds more to the narrative. As a genre, the whodunnit has been done to death (pun intended), so it’s rare for a series to appear and not only embrace but give the well-known tropes a much-needed refresh.
The mystery of who killed poor Edgar is compelling enough to ensure I’ll tune in for each episode. Is it the slick but shady business partner? Could it be one of his siblings or even Edgar’s strangely detached mother? What about Zoë? Could season two end with Aniq realizing he was considering proposing to a murderer? Even sweet innocent Grace, the bride, isn’t off the hook yet.
Early in the season, everyone is the suspect. And that’s part of the fun with these types of series. Either way, AppleTV+ seems to be on a winning streak in terms of the entertaining content they keep producing.
What are the other critics saying about The Afterparty Season 2?
Mama’s Geeky was thoroughly entertained by the first couple of episodes and said she enjoys the formula used by this series.
Matthieu Côté thinks The Afterparty Season 2 is a funny and well-made parody. He praised the actor’s performances, particularly Zach Wood as the socially awkward groom/murder victim.
Movies And Munchies felt The Afterparty season 2 was very well written, and enjoyed not being able to guess who the killer is. He did, however, mention how some jokes get a bit tired.