Undone Season 1, Episode 2, “The Hospital” is gloriously trippy but indulgent, as the lead character’s horizon is widened.
This recap of Amazon Prime Series Undone Season 1, Episode 2, “The Hospital” contains significant spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.
Alma (voiced by Rosa Salazar) is now in a loop. The car accident set off a series of scenarios unbeknownst to her, and while she lays in her hospital bed, heavily traumatized from the accident and waking up from a coma, she is instantly irritated by her family. Alma can also see her father Jack (Bob Odenkirk), parked next to her bed, quipping the odd remark.
Episode 2 then starts a loop, where Alma keeps on reliving the moment she wakes up in her hospital bed with an angry mother and a happy sister. She cannot remember breaking up with her boyfriend Sam, or why she and her sister Becca had an argument before raging down the roads. As the loops become more frequent and aggressive, she starts to realize she is not in control. Her father explains to Alma that she does not linearly see time, rather non-linearly, and she can control it. Her father also asks if she can help him.
When she initially refuses, we learn about Alma’s last ever moment with her father. It was Halloween, and halfway through trick or treating, he had to abandon her for something “urgent”. She loops back again, to her hospital bed, becoming more upset by her newfound ability.
The loops are greatly delivered, entwined with impressive animation. It manages to swerve colors with experiences, making Undone an experience for the audience and not just the character. When Alma experiences the loop again, she is much kinder to her family, realizing that she is hurting them.
Eventually, Alma has a sincere conversation with her father, finally allowing herself to control the non-linear experiences. Alma is still mad at her father but learns that the reason he needs help is that he believes he was killed. Her father gives her two choices; continue to live the routine, boring, unknowing life, or live a life of endless possibilities.
Alma seemingly chooses the latter, and as the credits close, she hears her family whisper, “wake up”.
Undone Season 1, Episode 2, “The Hospital” continues the intriguing animated story.
You can read the recap of the third episode by clicking these words.
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