Extrapolations is beginning to flounder in its self-importance but has a poignant turn by Sienna Miller.
We recap the Apple TV+ series Extrapolations Season 1 Episode 2, “2046,” which contains spoilers.
The second episode of Extrapolations is poetic but somewhat convoluted. “2046” begins to flounder in its self-importance but has a poignant turn by Sienna Miller. Either way, this is a flawlessly produced show with a jaw-dropping cast that will keep viewers interested.
Extrapolations Season 1 Episode 2 Recap
It is now 2046, and Rebecca is raising her adorable son, Ezra, who is now nine years of age. Ezra tells his mom a story his grandmother (played by Meryl Streep) read to him about how elephants have wings. Rebecca laughs, telling him that they had trunks, not wings. Yes, it’s past tense because those majestic creatures are extinct. When he goes to get cleaned up, he comments how he hopes it is not an “orange” day, limiting the time outside. Rebecca checks, and it is indeed orange because of the heat at 97 degrees and the air quality. There is a condition now called “summer heart” that can be triggered by extreme heat and emotional stress, which worries Rebecca because of her son’s condition, and people only usually live until 30.
What happened to Omar?
Omar died during storms in Manilla, and Rebecca had him cremated. Since he has been gone, the ocean temperatures have been 90 degrees. There is a lack of food for marine life, including humpback whales. Rebecca works at Menagerie 2100 and travels to the field site by robotic-flown helicopters.
In an eye-opening scene, she flies over a never-ending forest fire. The company she works for has the technology to communicate with the whales, and lost contact with one appears to be the only one she can locate.
Rebecca and the whale, Eve, relate to the shared trauma of losing their loved ones. Eve lost her male son. When Eve finally makes contact, he needs food, which is an issue because humpback whales need nearly 3,000 lbs of krill daily. Eve reports the last male humpback is not far. Though, it appears now the company she works for is trying to manipulate Eve into beaching herself because it’s expensive to keep her alive. One of the workers takes over her station and plays fake male whale calls, hoping to get her to locate the only male left or drive her crazy into suicide.
Is Rebecca’s mother dead?
Even though Ezra is being read stories from his grandmother, it’s all on tape because she passed away years prior from liver cancer. She read stories on camera that she thought Ezra should hear.
That’s why the television was on at the beginning of the episode. He listened to her read stories, tell him she loved her, and read poetry. In a touching moment, Rebecca ruminates over a conversation with her and Omar. They lied to her by telling Rebecca she was improving but didn’t want to disturb her work. Her condition was terminal, and she passed on.
Extrapolations Season 1 Episode 2 Ending Explained
What does Rebecca tell Eve?
Rebecca goes to the lab and tells Eve to ignore the whale calls. When Eve arrives, she explains what a lie is to her. Rebecca tells her to ignore the calls, and someday, their species will flourish again. Eve then makes a good point. What will be left of this if they do come back?
Rebecca is demoted to Alaska for her troubles communicating with the grey wolf. Before she goes, she notes that Alpha has moved into the bay. She also takes Ezra out by boat and drops a sensor into the water to communicate to Eve, who arrives, to meet Ezra.
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