Homecoming season 2 review – the second instalment peels the onion A new lead but a familiar story.

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Summary

Amazon’s Homecoming season 2 is not as heavily promoted as the first season which is a shame; it’s hopefully the end of an intriguing story. Watch the layers be peeled in a successful second installment.

Amazon original series Homecoming season 2 was released on the platform on May 22, 2020 — this review of the thriller/drama contains no spoilers.

Access the episode recaps.


The predecessor of Homecoming season 2 was hailed for its conspiratorial approach and compelling vision. It absorbed viewers by keeping the mystery at bay with a stylish approach that remained consistent chapter to chapter. The second instalment was always going to be challenging — to upend a first season that’s difficult to forget.

And with the challenges came changes; the promos confirmed Julia Roberts was taken away from the fold and in comes Janelle Monáe playing Alex, with the opening seeing her stranded in a canoe in the middle of a lake, seemingly with no memory. But while the promos suggest that Janelle will take centre stage, it’s actually shared, with Hong Chau returning to help bridge the continuation. Both women put on their engaging talents, revelling in their mysterious roles.

It’s of course very difficult to discuss Homecoming without risking a spoiler; every little moment feels important — it has that approach where even the smallest of instances could actually be very significant further down the line, making us reminisce slightly of Better Call Saul. The one takeaway for this review is that the first episode is the most important — they’ve decided to make the events central to the opening episode.

Homecoming season 2 isn’t as stylish and thought-provoking as its predecessor but that was to be expected — there was no point layering on mystery after mystery when the audience was fully aware of the cogs in the background. Season 2’s strengths are its layers; the successor peels the onion as much as possible in bringing the conspiracy to the surface.

One of the key messages from Homecoming season 2 is displaying the normalcy of a corporate conspiracy; each episode raises the scandal but always presents it amongst a normal working day or in a less sinister environment — it doesn’t devour the temptation to make characters look evil; it revels in realism that those who tread the line tend to have a normal life.

Amazon’s Homecoming season 2 is not as heavily promoted as the first season which is a shame; it’s hopefully the end of an intriguing story. Watch the layers be peeled in a successful second installment.


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Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.

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