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TV Review: Season Two of 'Frontier' Introduces New Characters and Seeks to Remedy Unanswered Questions

October 30, 2017Britany Murphy

Picking up right where it left off, Frontier is back for its sophomore season. With a bounty now over Declan Harp's head and the villainous Lord Benton still out for blood and power, you can rest assured that there's more drama afoot for the show's main cast of characters.

The premiere of season two begins with Declan Harp (Jason Momoa) in the Northern Territories. Having barely escaped death by hanging at the hands of Lord Benton (Alun Armstrong) at the end of the first season, Declan is found near death by Jean-Marc Rivard (Paul Fauteux). Meanwhile, Sokanon (Jessica Matten) works closely with Michael Smyth (Landon Liboiron) to make a profit on various fur-based items.

From here, we revisit the nefarious Lord Benton as he argues with his captain, Chesterfield (Evan Jonigkeit). In a war of words and insults, Benton points out that Chesterfield is not as important as he believes himself to be, leading an infuriated Chesterfield to threaten Benton before storming out to the local tavern, which is run by Grace (Zoe Boyle). As both he and she want to put an end to Benton's reign as quickly as possible, Grace points out that Benton is in a weakened state, and that Chesterfield would do well to exploit that.

The first half of the episode does well in setting the scene for the events to come. Some questions from the end of season one are answered, but not enough to have the episode come to a conclusion that anyone could anticipate. This holds especially true for Captain Chesterfield, who finally asserts himself and turns the tables on Lord Benton, amassing the ranks of his fellow military men to join his cause to rid the fort of Benton.

As for the episode's second half, it brings us back into contact with Sokanon and Michael. As per usual, Michael is in trouble and Sokanon has to save him. This seems to be a recurring theme in their relationship, and every time this happens, it's as if the pair are growing closer to becoming something more than just allies. We also meet a new character who steps into Grace's bar. He's a giant man of few words, but viewers should note that this is where the show takes a gruesome turn; so if you happen to have a weak stomach, the upcoming scene may not be for you.

Finally, we end with a cliffhanger — one that will only serve to continue the action into episode two and likely build off from there to form an arc for the second season. Much like season one, Frontier does not shy away from depicting the dark subject matter rooted in Canada's real-life history. And if this first episode is any indication of what's to come, Frontier: Season Two will be just as addictive as the first.

Frontier airs Wednesdays on Discovery Channel Canada.

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