It may appear unusual that “Undone,” Prime Video’s animated sequence about timeline altering and psychological sickness, obtained a second season. Not as a result of the primary season wasn’t good—fairly the alternative, truly. Nonetheless, it appeared considerably self-contained, content material with leaving the destiny of Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar) and her quest to align two completely different timelines unknown. Given how nice the primary season was, the danger of souring this idea was excessive.
Fortunately, these fears have been unfounded. The second season of “Undone,” premiering in its entirety on April twenty-ninth, builds upon the story of the Winograd-Diaz household in a tragic but nonetheless hopeful method. It picks up instantly the place the primary season left off; Alma has not but come to phrases with the reality behind the loss of life of her father, Jacob (Bob Odenkirk). As a substitute, she has fled to Mexico, hoping that her merging of timelines will end in him being alive once more. After an intervention together with her sister Becca (Angelique Cabral), one thing mysterious occurs. Alma then learns much more secrets and techniques that alter her notion of each of her households and her sense of actuality.
The second season of “Undone” builds on the concept of intergenerational trauma. As a substitute for determining whether or not Jacob’s theories of alternate timelines have been actual or a product of his mom’s schizophrenia, viewers get a glimpse into the secrets and techniques of Alma’s mom Camila (Constance Marie). Very similar to how Jacob’s secrets and techniques affected Alma’s life, Camila’s are simply as impactful, reverberating by means of area and time. “Undone” continues to method the idea of trauma as an inherited trait with care and precision.
On a technical stage, the present remains to be an absolute marvel. Regardless of occasional dips into uncanny valley territory, the overwhelming majority of the rotoscoping animation by Submarine Amsterdam continues to impress. This success is partly a result of the group making minor adjustments to the animation course that additional blur the traces between animation and live-action. Character motion, together with facial expressions, carry extra fluidity within the second season, extra precisely imitating the actors that animators are tracing over. Not solely that, however, the characters additionally change their garments extra continuously, though Alma nonetheless primarily walks round in her customary darkish blue prime and types of denim. These should not be drastic adjustments by any means. Nonetheless, they’re nonetheless considerably appreciated enhancements that assist visualize simply how intertwined Alma’s actuality is with different realities.
Even exterior of the rotoscoping, the animation by Submarine is visually arresting. This new season continues to dive into the concept of coming into the reminiscences of characters by means of one thing solely often called The Fog. This time, these cases are accompanied by beautiful transitions between the current and the previous, the 2 melding into one another as the season progresses. Particularly, the sixth episode entitled “Rectify” options arguably essentially the most detailed and sophisticated designs the present has ever tackled to hanging success. On a purely visible stage, “Undone” continues to be in contrast to another present at present streaming, whether or not animated or live-action.
That is not to say that the opposite elements of the present aren’t stellar as properly. Salazar, who has additionally taken up govt producing duties this season, remains to be pleasant and engrossing as Alma. Camila’s expanded function permits Marie to paint a tragic and sympathetic character, whereas Odenkirk continues to be a welcome presence in even the tensest of scenes.
Nonetheless, if there’s one efficiency that each elevates their character and the present itself, it’s Cabral’s. Now not relegated to her marriage storyline, Becca rapidly turns into “Undone” s shining star after discovering talents she by no means knew have been potential. Whereas Alma embraced her powers within the first season, her sister is way extra susceptible and even frightened of what she’s in a position to do. From hope to worry to anger at Alma and herself for what they get themselves into, Cabral provides top-of-the-line voice-over performances for the 12 months to date.
Simply when it felt like “Undone” couldn’t prime its first season, its second have it firing on all cylinders. It’s a tragic however poignant story of easy methods to dwell with previous guilts, pains, and scars from technology to technology. Whereas a life the place you do not have to dwell with the traumas compelled onto you by destiny appears higher, true happiness can nonetheless come from the way you course and heal from that trauma. If you start to heal on a private stage, the remainder of the world will really feel prefer it’s therapeutic as properly.