“It’s almost like a Bandersnatch in a way because you’re noticing all of these different avenues, different portals that you’re going down in your mind.” — Rosa Salazar
Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel) stars in the intriguing new Amazon Prime Original series Undone. Premiering this Friday, the show is created by the Bojack Horseman team. But while it’s animated, Salazar does more than provide a voice. The show’s actors performed scenes and then animators create the animation over them similar to the rotoscoping technique seen in the Philip K. Dick adaptation A Scanner Darkly. Like in that film, this allows Salazar and the show to do some wild things that wouldn’t be possible on a live-action budget.
In Undone, Salazar plays Alma, a woman who crashes her car when she sees her long passed away father (Bob Odenkirk) standing in the road. When she wakes up, he comes to see her again and tells her she has the power to travel through time. Throughout the series, Alma tries to learn how to use her powers and see if she can fix the mistakes she’s made in her life.
Salazar spoke after a Television Critics Association panel for Undone and explained how it was unlike other shows. Basically, it’s like a piece of interactive fiction where different information leads to different perception of how it ends.
Salazar said the time-loop of Undone lends itself to be viewed like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch with new interpretations, but the creators chose all the outcomes for you.
“This is the kind of show that you can watch on a loop and you will constantly have another version of the story, another perspective, another end result,” Salazar said. “It’s almost like a Bandersnatch in a way because you’re noticing all of these different avenues, different portals that you’re going down in your mind.”
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“You really have to almost finish the series and go back to the start and go, ‘Oh my god, they actually showed me the answer in episode 1. That was a huge spoiler and easter egg that you would never have known,’” Salazar continued. “There are Easter eggs all over every episode. You almost have to watch this whole series over and over and over to really soak up how much is in there. It’s so dense.”
Salazar even recommends starting from different points after watching the whole thing. “Say, if you start in episode 5 and go all the way back around, that will be a different story than starting at the pilot.”
Check out the Undone trailer below:
Undone premieres Friday, September 13 on Amazon Prime.
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