“The Day After” gets weird, as Anna is missing and the show’s themes of duality are made more explicit then ever.
This recap of Curon season 1, episode 2, “The Day After”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Curon episode 2 opens with another flashback — I think, anyway? Either way, Thomas and Anna are fleeing in Thomas’s truck, as she complains about the ringing bells, which he seemingly can’t hear. The noise is unbearable for her. A low-angle shot from the direction of the lake clues us in that someone is watching them, and indeed, as they drive away, a figure emerges from the water and begins walking to shore.
Back at the hotel, it’s the day after, obviously, and both Daria and Thomas try to suggest that what Mauro saw was just a consequence of him being drunk. Mauro is skeptical, but when Thomas leads him upstairs, what he was thought was a child’s bedroom is completely bare. The weirdness is only compounded by the fact that Anna is nowhere to be seen, having apparently ventured to the mountains for some peace, leaving Daria and Mauro in Thomas’s care. That’s deeply suspicious behavior and I’m not sure to what extent we’re supposed to just take it on face value, even as Daria convinces Mauro that he’s worrying over nothing.
At school, Micki, the girl Daria kissed after her dip in the lake, confesses to her best friend Lukas — who, by the way, is really obviously head-over-heels in love with her — what happened between her and Daria. Thomas, meanwhile, heads to a rundown farmhouse, where a man asks him if things are better; Thomas says not really, but thanks him for his help last night, basically confirming that these two took all the furniture out of the bedroom. The man asks how many bodies and Thomas says there’s Anna, but she’s different from the others. Suspicious indeed.
Mauro is still worried about Anna being missing, but Daria surmises she’s just appearing offline to hide from their dad, Pietro — Daria confesses he has been texting her but denies seeing him when Mauro asks. The wolf continues to recur as meaningful imagery in Curon episode 2; the teacher tells a creepy wolf-related tale for the students to write an essay on, and there’s a stuffed one right there in the classroom. Mauro is still struggling to fit in, while Micki and Daria continue to bond — Micki seems especially keen, which Lukas handles appallingly. He instantly starts floating the rumor that Micki and Daria kissed, which Micki’s brother, Giulio, isn’t thrilled to hear.
Micki’s house is absolutely packed with Christian iconography; a crucified Christ adorns every wall, sometimes several on each. Micki’s mother thinks Daria is weird and that her family has already caused them enough problems — her dad turns out to be Anna’s old friend Albert. This is classic small-town everyone-knows-everyone plotting. Thomas and his thus-far unnamed accomplice, meanwhile, continue to track… whoever it is they’re tracking.
Mauro skips dinner at Micki’s, despite being invited, and ends up chilling with Lukas instead, who warns him about some of the eerie legends that surround the hotel. Over dinner, Albert, who turns out to be deeply unpleasant to his wife, interrogates Daria about where her mother is. When the girls sneak off, Giulio brings up the rumor of them kissing, and Albert is very intimidating to him, too. Lukas, meanwhile, gives Mauro a bit of a local history lesson about how Curon was Austrian until the end of the First World War, at which point it became Italian, and it was Mauro’s family who made the decision to flood the old town, which has caused a rift among the German and Italian communities ever since (and which also explains why the spoken dialogue is often in both languages.)
Thomas follows the trail to a deep, dark cave — where else? — and begins asking the darkness if Anna is there. A growl and some shiny peepers give away the presence of a wolf. He’s forced to flee, but outside he finds Anna’s phone, which Mauro is calling. Things aren’t looking good.
Things aren’t looking good at school, either, since Lukas spragging on Micki has resulted in bigoted graffiti cropping up around the place. Micki’s none the wiser, still at home with Daria, until the photos start doing the rounds. She confronts Lukas, who’s trying to clean up the graffiti, and tells him that he’s dead to her. You know what they say about loose lips. Lukas doesn’t take this well. At home, he starts getting a bad headache as we see shots of the belltower. Suddenly, he sees another version of himself in the mirror.
Albert apparently used to take Micki hunting, which means she’s a pretty expert markswoman, and she teaches Daria how to handle a rifle. They discuss what Lukas did and how he’s jealous of them. Back at the hotel, Mauro is piloting his drone around and catches a glimpse of someone in the abandoned bedroom. He confronts them and it’s Albert, who explains that he and Anna were once good friends. He asks about the bars on the windows, which Thomas claims are to help support the roof, but Mauro remains tight-lipped about his suspicions. Albert asks him to keep him posted. In the bedroom, Mauro finds drawings of a woman holding the hands of twins scratched into the walls. He reports this to Daria, explaining that he thinks this is where grandma killed herself, as well as all the weird stuff Lukas told him about the war, the village, and the rumors surrounding the hotel. Thomas returns home after being forced to abandon his search. Daria and Mauro try and call Anna again, and her phone rings in Thomas’s coat pocket.
In the final scenes of Curon season 1, episode 2, Lukas writhes in agony as he hears the bells ringing — we know what that means! — as we see a version of himself emerge from the lake. The themes of duality not only persist but become pretty explicit in “The Day After”, which proves that there are dark doppelgangers knocking around Curon.
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