Release Date: September 13th, 2019
MPA Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 8 episodes
Created By: Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Starring: Rosa Salazar, Angelique Cabral, and Constance Marie
Undone follows the life of Alma (Rosa Salazar) as she goes through some experiences that change her life forever. The daycare employee struggles to show equal affection to her boyfriend Sam (Sidharth Dhananjay), while at the same time, disliking her sister’s new boyfriend.
Later, after Alma breaks up with her boyfriend, she gets into an argument with her sister before driving down the road, which causes her to crash her vehicle. This results in Alma being in a a coma temporarily. When she awakens, she begins having visions of her deceased father, and learns that her reality has changed. She can now travel back and forth between realms. Her father acts as her guide, as a mystery evolves.
I must admit, that I was a bit apprehensive about watching Undone when I learned it was an animated series. Typically, I do not enjoy watching dramatic animated series’. Now comedic animated series’ are a different story. Even so, I thought I would give it a chance, and was pleasantly surprised.
Undone, has a breathtaking visual experience to it. The technique of rotoscoping which was used to create the series, gives it advantages that regular cinematography would be lacking. Alma (Rosa Salazar), the main character, spirals in and out of realities at such extreme rates that it even made me feel a bit dizzy. It’s a cross between Groundhog Day and Happy Death Day on hyper drive.
Besides the visuals, the way the creators address mental illness is interesting. They appear to imply a connection between someone’s mental illness with supernatural powers. At one-point Alma’s father compares how one’s “gifts” are seen in our reality versus other realities. In other words, those in our reality do not understand supernatural powers and automatically categorize anyone with them, with a mental illness.
Finally, I would commend Salazar’s performance in Undone. Her performance is strong and convincing. We can feel her pain and sympathize with the confusion she feels as she goes through this transformation.
I recommend viewers to give Undone a chance.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars