Homecoming Season 2 Review- Compelling yet lacking depth
Aparnna Hajirnis -
What is it about?
The second season of the Dystopian drama follows the story of a woman played by Janelle Monae, who wakes up on a boat in the middle of a lake with a loss of memory and having no sense of time or place. What follows is a tale of lies and deceit as she tries to uncover secrets about her past and the events that put her in the boat in the first place. Season 2 also dwells deeper into the story of Geist, the mystical and Dystopian company at the centre of the first season, dealing largely with Hong Chau's Audrey Temple, who ended Season One by swooping in to clean up Colin Belfast's mess at the Homecoming facility. This season also sees Stephan James' return as veteran protagonist Walter Cruz and introduces the man who owns the entire company, the mysterious Leonard Geist, played by Chris Cooper.
Music and Other Departments
For a Dystopian show with dark and psychologically thrilling moments, the direction and cinematography play a key role. The show which has a dark background throughout its run of 7 episodes has been beautifully shot and directed by Kyle Patrick Alwares. He takes over the direction from Sam Ismael who directed the first season. The long and short shots to look haunting and dreaded. The editing is crisp and keeps you on the edge of your seats as it is a show with a lot of twists and turns. The climax has a shocking twist and we marvel at the way the people behind the scenes handled it. Along with this, the soundtrack to seems eerie and at times increases the overall fear and horror quotient of the show.
|Synopsis :||Homecoming returns for its second season with a fresh new mystery 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.|
|Cast :||Janelle Monáe, Joan Cusack, Chris Cooper, Stephan James, Hong Chau|
|Directors :||Kyle Patrick Alvarez|
|Producer/s :||Kyle Patrick Alvarez (Executive Producer), Micah Bloomberg (Executive Producer), Eli Horowitz (Executive Producer), Sam Esmail (Executive Producer), Chad Hamilton (Executive Producer), Julia Roberts (Executive Producer), Alex Blumberg (Executive Producer)|
|Production House :||Amazon Studios, UCP|
|Total number of seasons :||2|
|Episode Duration (minutes) :||37|
|Digital Premiere Date :||May 22, 2020|