IMDB Synopsis: A woman discovers she has a new relationship with time after surviving a car accident that almost killed her.
Undone is a one of a kind entertainment experience. Full stop. The latest show from Amazon and creators Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy (Creator and producer of Bojack Horseman, respectively) is a trippy, mind-bending take on reality and familial pressure, that is equal parts gorgeous, calamitous, and penetrating. An eight episode-arc that clocks in at 23-minutes per, Undone doesn’t waste time (unlike other Amazon shows), it immediately immerses you into a beautifully stylized world. Undone doesn’t lean on an expository opener, rather it forces you learn on the fly. And Undone doesn’t have filler. It put its foot on the gas, driving home the issues of familial and societal expectation, mental illness, perceived reality, amongst a litany of others. And it’s all wrapped up in a stunningly realized blend of live action, rotoscoping, traditional animation, and 3D mapping. There’s nothing else like it on tv or streaming.
Undone follows Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar), a disaffected 28-year-old who suffers a near-death experience from a car accident after fighting with her sister Becca (Angelique Cabral). During her coma and recovery, she begins to communicate with her deceased quantum physicist father Jacob (Bob Odenkirk) who needs her help to unravel the mystery surrounding his death 20 years prior. But as he helps Alma unlock her potential for self-discovery and “time travel,” the world around her begins to crumble: Her suffocating mother’s neverending worries, her sister’s grating selfishness, and her ex-boyfriend Sam used the coma as an excuse to move back in…
Without giving it all away, Undone propels itself forward on two realities. There is Alma’s, where her and her father are learning more about the circumstances surrounding his death (and digging up a lot of the family’s skeletons). And there is the world at large who see a young girl being torn apart by PTSD from the accident and a family history of schizophrenia. The ending is a bit unclear, likely on purpose for each viewer to make their own conclusion, but the journey that Undone undertakes is brave and bold and genuinely independent of much of entertainment today.
Highlights: Bob Odenkirk is a treat anytime we get him (even as an aloof, obsessed, borderline schizo dad). The art direction blend of rotoscoping, live action, oil painting and 3D projection is… wow.
MVP: Rosa Salazar as Alma. She conveys so much with just her eyes, which is doubly impressive when you realize she acted most of her scenes in a small, empty green screen set.
Should you watch it: Yes. It’s quick, it’s got something to say, and it’s look stunning. It stands above most of the content out there in the streaming world.
Creators: Raphael Bob-Waksberg & Kate Purdy
Studio: Amazon // Original release date: September 13, 2019