Janelle Monáe performs an amnesiac girl with a mysterious previous who suspects that everybody round her is overlaying up a dismal secret in the second one season of Homecoming, Amazon High’s seriously acclaimed mental mystery. The primary season, starring Julia Roberts, used to be an adaptation of the common podcast of the similar title, advanced for tv by means of showrunner Sam Esmail.
(Some spoilers for S1 beneath.)
The primary season alternated between early 2018 and 2022. Within the previous time frame, Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts) is a caseworker with a secret govt facility referred to as the Homecoming Transitional Give a boost to Middle, in command of treating a tender veteran named Walter Cruz (Stephan James), improving from trauma skilled all the way through his closing deployment. In 2022, Heidi resides together with her mom in Tampa and dealing as a waitress. She is approached by means of a Division of Protection investigator named Thomas Carrasco (Shea Whigham) a few previous criticism that Cruz have been restrained on the facility towards his will. However Heidi has no recollection of Cruz or anything else relating his case.
We quickly be told that the “remedy” on the Homecoming facility is composed of step by step expanding dosages of memory-erasing medicine within the sufferers’ meals. Obviously, one thing very dangerous came about there involving Walter and Heidi, and Carrasco is decided to discover the reality, resulting in a anxious ultimate disagreement.
Homecoming S1 earned rave opinions, in particular for Roberts’ understated efficiency. It lately holds a 98 p.c approval ranking on Rotten Tomatoes. Amazon had ordered two seasons of the display, so we had been all the time going to get a S2, even if S1 wrapped up its tale moderately smartly.
According to the respectable S2 premise: Monáe’s as-yet-unnamed persona “wakes in a rowboat adrift a lake, and not using a reminiscence of ways she were given there—and even who she is. Her resulting seek for id will lead her into the center of the Geist Team, the novel wellness corporate in the back of the Homecoming Initiative.” That does not give a lot away. However Esmail informed TVLine closing yr that S2 will deviate considerably from the unique podcast.
Esmail additionally stated post-credits scene within the S1 finale—appearing Geist worker Audrey Temple (Hong Chao) rubbing the memory-wiping drug onto her wrists to calm her nerves—used to be “a touch of items to return.” We do know Chao is returning for S2, together with James’s Walter Cruz, whose post-S1 efforts to rebuild his existence hit a snag when, in line with Amazon, “he starts to understand that there is an much more insidious model of this system underway—if handiest he can consider.”
Now we in spite of everything have a complete trailer to shed just a little extra mild on what we will be expecting. We see the mysterious girl get up in her rowboat, and a voiceover asks a chain of questions on who she is, the place she lives, her birthday, and so on. Each and every time she responds, “I have no idea.” We catch snippets of the lady being handled in a sanatorium, getting into the Geist foyer, and collaborating in some more or less odd reinforce crew. “I knew one thing used to be unsuitable with me, however I could not give an explanation for it to any individual,” she says in some other voiceover. “It used to be like the folk round me had been retaining a secret. Like we had been in a film. And everybody knew we had been in a film excluding for me.”
The amnesiac girl’s plight is sort of indisputably associated with the memory-erasing substance Audrey used to be rubbing onto her wrists in that post-credit scene. It is it appears derived from the fruit of a odd plant being cultivated on a farm, as a part of an army R&D program. (That is Joan Cusack in uniform stating, “That is all crucial army era.”) In the meantime, Audrey has been warned that an investigation is underway over a criticism—it is unclear whether or not it is associated with the criticism filed about Cruz in S1 or to a brand new case.
We do see Walter Cruz consult with the Division of Veterans Affairs searching for help, however the bureaucrat he is talking to simply says “I am sorry” after which freezes. It is virtually as though one thing is messing with Walter’s belief of time. And naturally, Monáe’s persona is obviously intent on asking too many uncomfortable questions as she tries to determine what came about to her, regardless of being warned, “When you stay selecting at this, it is gonna get started bleeding.”
What does all of it imply? We’re going to have to attend a couple of weeks to determine, however it is a truthful wager that S2 will make use of the similar process of alternating between two other time sessions to inform its tale, for the reason that trailer turns out to change between previous and provide. Homecoming S2 debuts on Amazon High on Might 22, 2020.
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