After three months of waiting, and watching, as Telltale's Game of Thrones game get its second episode; Tales From the Borderlands finally gets its second episode. Long waits like this between episodes can hurt the experience, especially after how good the first episode of TFTB. So does the second episode "Atlus Mugged" deliver on getting you back into the series? Absolutely.
We pick up right where we last left off, with the money blown up, Zer0 taking out Bossanova, and the discovery of an old ATLUS facility. Upon putting two mysterious pieces together, Fiona and Rhys discover the Gordus Project, a mysterious project started by the ATLUS corporation to find a vault. Upon finding the project however, a familiar villain to the Borderlands franchise appears; Handsome Jack.
However Handsome Jack is not here in the flesh, but rather in a hologram. On top of that, Rhys is the only one who can see and hear Jack, likely due to the ID Drive he slammed into his head from Dr. Nakayama (perhaps a Handsome Jack A.I.). The episode works really well thanks to the return of Handsome Jack, due partly to his sarcastic attitude and witty humor. He doesn't appear all the time during the episode, but when he does he's there for a purpose and usually a good laugh. Jack's true intentions still remain a mystery, but it seems that he needs Rhys in order to survive, as he says, "If you go, I go". Jack is the character that makes the three month wait for this episode so worth it.
The rest of the episode works pretty well too. We get to our first potential big decision as pointed out by Rhys. The choice here will make the rest of the episode play out a little bit differently depending on which choice you make. How this choice will effect the future of the story isn't immediately clear, but will more likely be made apparent in the next episode. We do get to see some of the effects from our choices from the first episode. If you chose to detonate the loader bot in the first episode, his attitude towards you will be quite a bit different.
A few more familiar characters show up in episode 2 and they are handled just as well here as they were in the first episode. Scooter and Athena get some attention but they don't ware out their welcome. They show up at the right times to keep the story and humor fresh, without taking away the spotlight from the main characters Rhys and Fiona. Telltale has done a great job of bringing familiar Borderlands characters into the story without making their own original characters seem irrelevant.
Atlus Mugged may be late to the party, but makes up for lost time. The story takes a few twists, Handsome Jack keeps things crazy, and the cliffhanger at the end of the episode makes me want more sooner rather than later. If you were worried that the second episode might be lackluster, just remember "In Handsome Jack We Trust."