I watched season one of the hit show, The Best Years, religiously. Sometimes I'd watch three or four episodes in one sitting. It was engrossing. So, I waiting ages for season two to begin and now that I have seen the first episode, I have to say I'm disappointed.
The show, which is about a girl tackling college, was exciting and dramatic last season. This season opener was boring and just blah. When it ended, I had that bitter feeling like when you brush your teeth and you can't seem to get that horrible taste out of your mouth. If this was the first episode I saw, I wouldn't even bother watching the new season. The episode didn't even deserve a second chance.
Obviously, the biggest problem is literally half the cast left the show last season (probably since the show was on hiatus for two years!): Niall Matter (Trent), Athena Karkanis (Dawn), and Brandon Jay McLaren (Devon). One of the most important things about the show is cast chemistry. Taking out half the cast is like separating peanut butter and jelly. It's just not as good. I kept saying to the TV, "You're not Trent! Bring back Trent!" It's frustrating, because I've grown used to the old cast members and it's hard to imagine seeing how the show is successful without them.
Charity Shea plays Sam, who is the main character on the show. The only other cast members to come back are Randal Edwards (Noah) and Jennifer Miller (Kathryn). I love all these actors to death and the characters they play. But the characters are different and not in a good way. I know people change, but this isn't for the better. Noah last season was cute yet awkward. That's what was great. This season he's suddenly not. Kathryn used to be fun and pink, now she's just depressing. I don't know why the writers would change that.