I expected spectacle and I did get Spectacle for sure, like with a capital S. A fun thrilling sequel that, for me, was not “long-awaited”. I really could not have cared had Cameron never made this film. So, yes it was a very pleasant surprise. The story avoids lots of the issues of the silly plot from the first one but still not the biggest draw here and its mechanics can be easily pulled apart and criticized but that is ok. What is the big draw is the awesome-ness of it all. The beauty of this world, the time it take on just getting us familiar with its land, water, underwater, plants, creatures and the wonderfully crafted set-pieces and epic battle scenes.