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28th Oct 2023

The most slept on thriller show of recent years is returning for a second season

Stephen Porzio

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Its first season scored a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score and now is the perfect time to catch up with the show.

Sky has released the trailer for the second season of The Lazarus Project, a show more people should be watching. Paapa Essiedu (Black Mirror, Gangs of London) stars in the series as George, beginning the show as an everyday man in a happy relationship with his girlfriend Sarah (Charly Clive).

However, as a dangerous virus starts to sweep the world, he wakes up to find that time has rewound six months and that no one else seems to notice. It turns out that there is a secret organisation called The Lazarus Project whose role is to turn back time at any point when the end of the world is imminent.

While for the vast majority of people this time change goes unnoticed, George is one of the few “mutants” who can sense it and as such is recruited as a Lazarus agent. Alongside his new colleagues, he must learn to combat apocalyptic threats, including from an ex-Lazarus agent turned terrorist (Tom Burke). However, it is not long before George is faced with a personal time travel dilemma involving Sarah.

Created by Joe Barton (Giri/Haji), The Lazarus Project’s first season holds a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes – with critics praising the series for its muscular action set-pieces, its complex characters, its dark comedy and its thoughtful exploration of the toll time travel takes on those who implement it on the show.

As for its second season – which will see actor Colin Salmon (Resident Evil) joining its cast – the plot synopsis from Sky reads:

“When the world locks into a time loop in which the world ends every three weeks, the Lazarus team must race against time to find a solution before humanity is wiped out forever. Among their number is resolute Lazarus agent, George (Paapa Essiedu), who’s been left in disgrace after betraying the organisation in the name of love.

“George is determined to redeem himself and win back the trust of his friends, colleagues, and the love of his life. But when he discovers that the cause he’s fighting is more sinister than it appears, George begins to suspect that the only person he can really trust is himself.”

The Lazarus Project season two will premiere on Sky Max on 15 November and will also be able to be watched by those with a NOW Entertainment Membership. Its first batch of episodes, meanwhile, are available to stream now via Sky and NOW.

You can check out a trailer for the show’s second season right here:

The Lazarus Project Season 2 trailer

For more of this week’s big teasers, scroll below:

Best. Christmas. Ever!
Starting with movies – Brandy, Heather Graham and Jason Biggs are among the cast of this festive movie coming to Netflix on 16 November.

Leave the World Behind
An adaptation of the acclaimed 2020 novel by Rumaan Alam, this apocalyptic thriller written and directed by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot) tells the story of two families as they fight for survival amid an inexplicable blackout. Starring Ethan Hawke, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Mahershala Ali and Myha’la, Leave the World Behind will land on Netflix on 8 December.

Bradley Cooper directs and stars in this potential Oscar magnet, telling the life story of famed composer Leonard Bernstein. The movie will receive a limited cinematic release on 22 November before heading to Netflix in December.

Occupied City
This nearly four-and-a-half-hour-long documentary from director Steve McQueen (Hunger, 12 Years a Slave) is about Amsterdam under Nazi occupation during World War II. Occupied City does not have an Irish release date yet but will be out in the States on 25 December.

Wicked Little Letters
When a series of insulting letters from an anonymous writer, filled with absolutely fowl language, begin to arrive in the post for an older woman in a small town, the entire community soon finds itself up in arms. A very funny trailer featuring Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley, the movie arrives in cinemas in February 2024.

Dashing Through The Snow
Ludacris stars in this festive family comedy about a man and his daughter who are trying to protect Santa from a group of criminals. The movie arrives on Disney+ on November 17.

Lisa Frankenstein
From a script by Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body, Juno), this horror comedy tells the story of a teenage girl with a massive crush on the hot jock… who also happens to be a corpse. The movie arrives in cinemas in February 2024.

Thriller 40
This documentary will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s landmark Thriller album, including some never-before-seen interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Thriller 40 is set to debut on Paramount+ on December 2.

007: Road to a Million
Moving onto TV, this reality competition series hosted by Brian Cox premieres on Prime Video on 10 November and will see real people take part in James Bond-esque adventures in a bid to win one million pounds.

Fargo: Installment 5
Juno Temple, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in the last batch of episodes set in the crime-ridden town. Expect plenty of violence and dark laughs. The show debuts in the States in late November, with no set release date for Ireland and the UK at the moment.

In this crime thriller series featuring amongst its cast Eddie Izzard (Ocean’s Twelve), Gemma Arterton (Tamara Drewe), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Killing Eve), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits) and Niamh Algar (Wrath of Man), a crew that conducted heists find themselves being killed off one by one. Culprits premieres on Disney+ on 8 November.

Squid Game: The Challenge
Another reality competition, this Netflix show will see real life people compete in non-fatal versions of the challenges from the streamer’s hit South Korean thriller Squid Game in an effort to win a record cash prize of $4.56 million. The series premieres on the service on 22 November.

The Crown: Season 6 Part One
The beginning of the end for one of Netflix’s biggest ever shows, the first half of the final season will tell the story leading up to the tragic death of Diana Spencer. The episodes arrive on Netflix on 16 November.

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