Formula 1: Drive to Survive Season 2 Review - Reel Advice Movie Reviews

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Formula 1: Drive to Survive Season 2 Review

We considered "Formula 1: Drive to Survive" Season 1 as one of the best Netflix originals last year. The show was able to successfully showcase the intensity of racing while giving viewers a deeper look into the world, politics, and tactics that make the fastest sport tick. With Season 2, we're surprised with how well it matched up and able to go toe-to-toe against the outstanding Season 1. With its sophomore attempt, "Formula 1: Drive to Survive" definitely cements its place in the upper echelons of Netflix originals.
Coming off the crazy 2018 Formula 1 season, we get even more intrigue and conflicts between teams and drivers as the 2019 Formula 1 season unfolds.
If Season 1 was primarily focused with the mid-tier teams of Formula 1, Season 2 presents a more balanced approach heavily focusing on all types of teams involved in Formula 1. Top teams are well-represented this time around and yes, even the bottom-of-the-barrel Williams. Each episode is short but really sweet and each one mostly focuses on one team per episode with a few exceptions. Unfortunately, given its format, not all teams are represented and are completely missing from Season 2. Worse, each episode is around 30 to 35 minutes long so at times, we felt that dilemmas are under-developed at times. But this is also the same case that we felt last season. We just hope that for Season 3, they improve on the episode and season lengths. This series could be so much more if each episode was almost an hour long and all teams are given ample time to show their own stories. Overall though, "Formula 1: Drive to Survive" even with its shortcomings is well-paced and well-made. Each episode was jam-packed full of thrill and emotions and insider secrets. The back door dealings and rivalries are as exciting as the races themselves. Not one episode felt unnecessary or filler material and its one even casual fans or non-fans should find extremely binge-worthy.
Rating: 4 and a half reels





Why you should watch it:
- each episode was jam-packed full of emotions
- well-paced and well-made

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- if you're a fan, your team might be missing from Season 2
- we wish they increase the episode lengths next season

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