Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Round Two: Homecoming

Homecoming: Season 1, Episode 2 “Pineapple” (B)

This second episode definitely matched the weirdness and foreboding darkness of the first, and it’s essentially three different shows wrapped into one. There’s the one with casual conversations about feeding fish and a fake Titanic movie with Cruz, the one in the future where something isn’t quite right in Carrasco’s investigation, and the one that involves a bunch of creepy images and the concept that this place really isn’t in Florida at all. Beginning with Shrier staring ominously at the pineapple turned into something far more troubling, as Cruz was acting cool but Shrier was getting more and more unnerved by the fact that they have no idea where they really are. I’m glad to see Jeremy Allen White in a role that’s just as good as the one he has on “Shameless,” though it doesn’t appear that he’s long for this show if his current behavior is any indication. I’m very intrigued by the fact that every time Colin calls, he's walking as if he’s trying to get away from something, somehow never anywhere close to where she is and doing some truly bizarre things given what his position in the organization is. The half-screen frame for future scenes is effective in making them seem like the deception or the hallucination, and we were introduced to Sissy Spacek as Heidi’s mom, who suggested that something other than her fall was responsible for Heidi leaving Homecoming. Carrasco’s description of Heidi’s behavior as “oddly vague” (not to be confused with vaguely odd) shows that he’s committed to getting to the bottom of this, and I’m equally interested in finding out the true motivations behind Homecoming.

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