I dunno, I can't blame it at all on the strike. It was just nonsense from the beginning of season 2. The story line had too many holes and really with the finale of season 1 it kind of brough closure to it. It shouldn't have but it did.
But isn't this season focussing on villains or something or am I making that up? It could rejuvinate the series and move it away from its cheesiness love storylines.