There is a special neurosis, the loneliness and grief that are intrinsic to adolescence. As cultural backdrops shift, creating new flavors and complications for the coming-of-age narrative, there is a resonance that transcends particular moments in time and makes these explorations of the self compelling for audiences of all ages. all ages. With Euphoria, show creator Sam levinson creates a mind-boggling portrayal of these anxieties that garnered both public attention and critical praise for its dense and dark and realistic storytelling. Levinson has spoken publicly about writing the show based on his own struggles with adolescent addiction, and it shows in the authentic storytelling and multidimensional, sometimes frustrating characters.
Freely adapted from the Israeli miniseries of the same name (created by Ron leshem and Daphna Levine), the first season of Euphoria followed rue Bennett, seventeen (Zendaya) who, as soon as she returns home from drug rehab, immediately visits her friend and dealer to buy drugs. Therefore, it is a back and forth between life and death, healing and self-destruction. In all its intrigues, Euphoria pulls no punches, delving deep into the experiential dimensions of gender dysphoria, mental illness, and sexual assault. Its tone and themes are reminiscent of Skins, another teen drama that plunged into the tough times of growing up, but let’s face it: Skins is downright nostalgic at this point. Euphoria brings the transgressive adolescent experience into the contemporary moment with distinctive flourishes that set her apart in a crowded streaming marketplace.
Everything from the aesthetics of the show, to its music, to its commentary on the ongoing opioid epidemic, to collective generation-wide unease and disaffection, sounds in a way. alarming. If you’re curious about how this hard-hitting show is going to return, keep reading for all the information we have and the questions we are still pondering.
Where did we leave Rue at the end of the first season?
It seems like it’s been a long time since the first season ended. It was a relatively thin volume, with only eight episodes. The last opus “And Salt the Earth Behind You” showed an unfulfilled wish. Rue and Jules (Hunter Shafer) have an opaque relationship throughout the season as they both struggle with their own mental health and community issues. After a series of disturbances and reconciliations, Jules confesses to being in love with Rue and they create a plan to leave town together. At the last minute, Rue decides not to. So the season ends with Jules on the train leaving town and Rue sniffing oxygen alone.
Fortunately, this part of the plot has not been left hanging in the air indefinitely. Two specials, which air on December 6, 2020 and January 24, 2021 respectively, provide follow-up on the two girls. The first focuses on Rue as she deals with her relapse and the sequence of events that led to it. She blames Jules for abandoning her, but ends up bringing up some of the underlying traumas and pressures that contributed to her addiction. The second episode provides some context for what happened to Jules at the end of last season. After leaving on the train, Jules went to therapy for the first time and talks about some of the feelings she was trying to deal with regarding Rue: feeling guilty for leaving her but also overwhelmed with the responsibility of trying to support. Rue in his recovery. while also addressing her own experiences as a transgender teenager whose mother was also a recovering drug addict. When Jules comes home, she is greeted by Rue. Jules tries to apologize but Rue stops him.
What these episodes offer is some sort of reassurance that despite the ambiguity of the end of the first season, Rue’s story is not over. She survives her relapse and continues to try to make sense of the messy and jarring situation around her. Likewise, Jules’s trip out of town doesn’t mean the character is gone. But while there have been immediate answers to some questions in these special episodes, there is still a lot of things unfinished that will come into play as these complicated characters continue to navigate their lives and relationships, especially the storylines. secondary and set characters whose trials weren’t immediately addressed in the specials.
When will season 2 air?
Like all other Hollywood productions, euphoria The filming schedule has been disrupted by COVID. Originally, the show was slated for release in 2021. Instead, production was postponed and began this year. So while no final date has been set for the release, the light is there at the end of the tunnel for fans who have continually stalked Zendaya’s Instagram for clues. In January of this year, Levinson was convinced that Season 2 would both be shot and debut in 2021.
What will the new season be about?
There isn’t a ton of confirmed information about the second season’s plot. We know this will continue in the vein of the first season, building on the complex lives of characters that audiences already know and care about.
We also know it will be quite dark. In separate interviews, co-stars Zendaya and Jacob Elordi pointed out that the new arc goes to brutal and truly surprising places, with Zendaya calling it “brutal” and stating that Rue deserves “care because she is a special character.” Eldori said it was “like a whole different show”.
It seems likely that the smash hit of the first season will help the production team settle into their unsettling, glittery take on young America with even more fervor and honesty. It’s also worth mentioning that the world this new season kicks off in is drastically different from the landscape of the original season. As the show deals with so many dense and contemporary societal traumas, it will be fascinating to see how this plays out against the backdrop of the pandemic.
Will the cast be the same?
Based on the interviews and discussions that have been extended into the specials, we can certainly expect to see Zendaya, Elordi and Shafer again. It also seems likely that a large portion of the ensemble’s superb cast will return, including Lexi Howard (Maude Apatow), Cal Jacobs (Eric dane), Maddy Perez (Alexa Demie), Gia Bennett (Storm Reid), McKay (Algee smith), Cassie Howard (Sydney sweeney) and Ali (Colman Domingue).
Additionally, in August, there were confirmation of three newcomers to the show: Minka kelly, Demetrius “Petit Meech” Flenory Jr., and musician Dominique fike. It remains to be seen how the new characters will fit into existing narratives, but if the first season is any indication, we can expect a heavy relational dynamic to emerge between any given pairings or groupings of them.
Will Labrinth come back to do the soundtrack?
It’s honestly impossible to watch Euphoria without falling in love with the musical styles of Maze, the rapper, singer, songwriter and music producer who is responsible for the show’s unsettling and fluid soundtrack. The music matches the aesthetic of the show perfectly, emphasizing all the textures of the narrative, using complicated electronic pop to encapsulate the mixed, layered experience of an extravagant yet heartbreaking adolescence. Lucky for all of us, Labrinth will also be involved in the music for the second season. It’s hard to imagine the show without Labrinth, so that’s great confidence and reason enough to repeat “Mount Everest” until the season premiere.
KEEP READING: ‘Euphoria’ Special Episode 2 Review: Sometimes the Crisis is Cathartic
The film seems designed from the start to specifically deceive James Wan’s fan base.
About the Author