“Metamorphosis” adds more layers of complication and drama, juggling three distinct time periods.
This recap of Dom season 1, episode 2, “Metamorphosis”, contains spoilers.
Picking up immediately after the cliffhanger ending of the premiere, Dom episode 2 reveals that the gunshot that capped off the episode was a warning shot fired by Ármario, which is a good motivation for Pedro to leave the favela. “Metamorphosis”, despite being named after a word that symbolizes complete change, begins by reinforcing the idea that Pedro is stuck in a rut of arrogance and recklessness, and the knock-on effects of his behavior trouble many more people than just him.
Consider his immediate return to Jasmin, the girl who caused all the trouble in the first place, and his cavalier attitude towards Ármario and Mauricinho, his own self-aggrandizement, and Victor missing his flight and being taken off the drug-bust operation because of the time he spent looking for him. Pedro’s determination to impress Jasmin, who we learn ran away from home at 15 after witnessing her alcoholic father beat her mother, is the typical behavior of a young man who doesn’t know who he is or where he fits, trying to find purpose in childishly proving himself to someone.
Naturally, this all gets Pedro into a spot of bother. His hotwiring of a parked Audi and passionate motel liaison with Jasmin paint a target on his back, and it’s his father who knows he’ll have to stop people from shooting at it. But Victor is juggling his responsibilities in Dom episode 2. He has a mission to complete, as well as a son to look after, and the two very obviously aren’t compatible.
One of the time jumps in “Metamorphosis” finds Pedro in 1994, already a problem child, tagging bridges as “Pedro Dom” and hanging around with friends who include Lico, whom we met in the previous episode. His empty family home is clearly posited as the source of his rebellion. The next flashback returns to 1970, right after Victor’s first mission, which earns him a night in with Paloma and more work from the Colonel within the favela. Things don’t seem to have changed all that much since only Pedro’s acting out has worsened and become more dangerous. In the present day, he volunteers to help Jasmin and her friends orchestrate a burglary, which predictably goes wrong and results in a chase.
Dom season 1, episode 2 is painting a very specific portrait of an estranged father and son, warring responsibilities, and history repeating itself. The fact that history is being doled out across three separate timelines without seeming too convoluted or overwhelming is a testament to Dom’s solid construction, which hopefully continues across the remaining six episodes.