It feels like a million years ago, but Amazon’s Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts was one of the more pleasant surprises in our 2018 viewing schedule. We reviewed the series for our podcast and remarked that the show didn’t need a second season, even though it left a few narrative threads dangling. The emotional core of the story had been resolved nicely and we liked that a government conspiracy thriller kept its world small and somewhat claustrophobic. One of the more refreshing undertones to the story was the idea that it all felt like people caught up in a small and pointless cycle.
Well, no one listened to us, it seems.
The critically-acclaimed series Homecoming returns for its second season with new twists and an exciting new star, Janelle Monáe. Her character wakes in a rowboat adrift a lake, with no memory of how she got there — or even who she is. Her ensuing search for identity will lead her into the heart of the Geist Group, the unconventional wellness company behind the Homecoming Initiative.
Don’t get us wrong. We’re on board for anything Janelle Monae wants to do. And taken on its own, this looks like a decent thriller. But it’s got that Mr. Robot/Westworld feel to it, where the original concept seems to have expanded so broadly and rapidly as to make the show a little unrecognizable. We support any show that tries to evolve and go somewhere in its storytelling, but there’s a recent tendency with this kind of show to sort of blow up the concept along the way and we tend to find the results of such storytelling choices to be inconsistent in their payoffs. We’ll see.
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