This submit accommodates spoilers for Amazon Prime Studio’s Homecoming Season 2.
A girl wakes up in a ship in the course of a lake. She senses one thing terrible has occurred, however has no recollection what. In reality, she has no recollection of something, not even her identify. A person stands on the shore, watching her. She shouts to him for assist; he flees. As she makes her approach up the embankment and begins to stroll down the freeway, a police patrol automotive approaches and seeing her disoriented state, an officer escorts the girl to a hospital.
The girl makes use of the only real clue she has on her particular person (a paper serviette from a selected restaurant) to retrace her steps, to piece collectively who she may be and the way she bought there. It’s a high-stakes reverse scavenger hunt, and marks the primary half of Homecoming season 2. Based on the Gimlet Media podcast of the identical identify, and following a critically lauded season 1, this new set of seven episodes (every about half an hour in size and out there to stream on Amazon Prime Studio) is just not a lot a continuation of the earlier story as a lot because it as an offshoot. It additionally introduces a brand new forged member in Janelle Monae, who performs Jackie — the girl on the centre of this story.
Jackie’s investigation leads her to Geist, a mysterious biotech/pharma firm, the place — in one among season 2’s neat twists — she discovers all her conclusions to date are flawed.
The conceit of Homecoming season 2 is much like the unique: a girl with reminiscence loss (Heidi Bergman — performed by Julia Roberts in season 1, and voiced by Catherine Keener within the Gimlet podcast; Jackie/Janelle Monae in season 2) tries to piece collectively what she has forgotten. In season 1, Heidi is “helped” by her conversations with a Department of Defense official known as Thomas Carrasco (Shea Whigham), wanting right into a grievance in opposition to Heidi’s former employers — an initiative known as Homecoming, run by the Geist firm. The initiative is supposed to assist rehabilitate troopers just lately returned from their deployments again into civilian society.
It’s been 4 years since Heidi give up the Homecoming programme, however she has scant reminiscence of her stint, remembering nothing past the naked fundamental reality of getting labored there. With Carrasco offering her case notice recordings of a soldier she labored with — Walter Cruz (Stephan James; voiced by Oscar Isaac within the podcast) — Heidi’s affiliation with Geist comes again to her. Heidi had found that the medication that have been meant to focus on the troopers’ traumatic recollections and assist their easy transition into civilian life are literally erasing all their recollections. Moreover, the troopers’ PTSD is not being handled to allow them to lead regular lives, it’s to allow them to be redeployed to the frontlines — one other element Heidi’s hectoring, manipulative boss Colin (Bobby Cannavale; voiced by David Schwimmer within the podcast) has stored from her.
Aghast at her inadvertent complicity and wanting to forestall his redeployment, Heidi ingests together with Walter a big dose of the Geist drug that was being administered to the troopers, which causes important (momentary) impairment and reminiscence loss to each.
Meanwhile, again at Geist, Colin’s mishandling of the Homecoming programme helps his colleague Audrey Temple (Hong Chau; voiced by Amy Sedaris) to oust him from the corporate and cement her personal management.
Season 2 of the Homecoming podcast centered on Heidi’s quest to search out Walter and make amends, however the display adaptation fast-tracked by means of it and confirmed her encounter with him merely as a post-script.
Instead, the Homecoming sequence’ second season is predicated on a completely new script by creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, tracing the thriller of Jackie’s id, which ties into Walter and Audrey’s storylines.
If Homecoming season 1 — with its putting and distinct visible aesthetic — indicated a path ahead for different podcast-to-screen variations that hope to emulate its success, then season 2 does so in the way it chooses to spin off the unique story into a brand new path, foregrounding the characters of Jackie and Audrey. There can also be a contemporary sub-plot within the type of Department of Defence honcho Francine Bunda (performed by Joan Cusack) who wrests management of Geist to make sure a gradual provide of its “miracle” reminiscence erasing drug, with its limitless potentialities. And we uncover that the corporate’s founder, Leonard Geist (Chris Cooper), might have been at midnight all alongside about what his product is getting used for.
Homecoming season 2 is gripping sufficient, however the layer upon layer that the podcast and debut season labored on, appear lacking this time spherical. This season is, regardless of the storytelling gadget, a extra easy narrative. Maybe it has to do with the change in administrators (Kyle Patrick Alvarez takes over from Sam Esmail) or maybe it’s the thinness of the plot itself.
An issue with Homecoming (the podcast and present) has been that its twists and turns can generally appear a little bit too pat, and never all of its finer particulars are labored out: the broadly various approach the Geist drug dosage impacts Heidi, Walter and the opposite troopers, for example; or on this season, how very simply Audrey accomplishes her Geist coup. Geist itself — the shadowy villain of this story — is felled so rapidly this season. The corners of the plot that would not maintain as much as an excessive amount of scrutiny are normally camouflaged by the riveting performances and putting visuals, however you may nonetheless sense they’re there.
Where season 2 does rating is within the wonderful chemistry between Monae-James, after which Monae-Chau. Watching Monae’s equation with every of them flip — from pleasant overtures to distrust and hostility (with James), from like to confusion and once more hostility (with Chau) — lends emotional depth to the occasions unfolding. And whereas nothing fairly matches as much as the season 1/podcast conversations between Heidi and Walter, the poignancy this season too is evoked by the brand new characters grappling with the identical query:
How a lot of ourselves is our recollections?
Updated Date: Jun 04, 2020 17:35:18 IST
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