Awesome show! It is great to see something based on history. While not ever bit of this is true, a lot of it is or is at least based on what we suspect happened or in what we know about the characters. For example, the "Valley Forge" episode portrays Washington's depression, perhaps a bit more schizo-like than is accurate for what we call depression today, but we do know that he suffered from depression, and it is great to be reminded that GW was a real man with real personal issues. On that same note, it is so interesting to see Benedict Arnold and finally understand why he "turned" against the side of the revolution when he had previously been considered a great general. That was something I never really learned in school - all I really knew about him was that he was a fearless general who later shot Alexander Hamilton and that he was a traitor.
But best of all is the whole concept of the Culper Gang and espinonage in the revolutionary war. I began looking up a lot of this after watching season 1 because I wanted to know how much of it was true. Come to find out, G. Washington really was the first commander to use invisible ink, and he really did have an entire department for espinonage. We think of GW as the "I can not tell a lie" President, but before being our first President he was the commander of secrets, And yes, Benjamin Talmage was his right hand man who used his friends back on Long Island - friends like Abe - to further their spy efforsts.
My review thus far has mostly been about the show as a whole, not just on Season 2. The parts about B. Arnold relate more to season 2, but overall my impression that the show if accurate in spirit if not entirely to the letter, relates both to seasons 1 & 2.
Regarding just Season 2, the thrills that you felt from season 1 continue. I don't want to give anything away but I want to emphasize that Major Andre is very much a part of season 2 and that love is in the air. I looked up what happened here, and the writers kept it pretty close to accurate. If they continue like this in the following seasons you should expect someone to shed tears.
Simcoe remains as creepy as ever. What is worse about him now is that he gains power. I looked up his character in the history books I had and on the internet and I couldn't find him. It could be that he is just put in for dramatic effect. If so, they couldn't have picked a more dramatic person .
Abe runs some risks and gets caught. He and his father continue to clash.
This show is worth watching for more reasons than I can count. It brings history alive. But it also is just great it its own right.