Based on an art book, Tales From The Loop has managed to garner an audience until now. With inspiration from the work of the Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, the debut series premiered on Amazon Prime on April 3, 2020. It’s a fascinating show, and nothing compared to the sci-fi series we have seen until now, considering its based on a series of Swedish artwork.
- A look into Tales From The Loop
- In the words of Nathaniel
- When is Tales From The Loop season 2 due?
The show is based in a small fictional town and each episode is inspired from one of his extensive individual paintings. Set in the 80s and 90s, The Loop is a large particle accelerator built by the government in the ’50s that leads to a number of strange occurrences in present day.
A look into Tales from the Loop
With episodes directed by the top— Ti West, Mark Romanek, and even Jodie Foster — the show weaves a narrative that keeps you easily hooked till the end. Showrunner Nathaniel Halpern’s version of the story dosent follow one lead— it follows multiple leads that add up to the main narrative.
Jonathan Pryce portrays the role of The Loop founder Russ, and Rebecca Hall co-stars as Loretta, while Paul Schneider portrays her husband, George. In one of the episodes about alternate realities, a man portrayed by Ato Essandoh travels through time and meets a version of himself, who seems to be far better off and living a version of his best life.
In one of the other episodes, a young girl tries to free time to keep a moment of romance last forever.
The Tales, rather than using quirky comedy, uses its musical and visual to create a strong imprint in the minds of its viewers.
The series, that is an anthology, with its dark tones and mind-boggling narratives, has become one of its kind and was hugely appreciated by the critics. It strikes a perfect balance between the surreal and the real and stays true to its origin.
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In the words of Nathaniel
Halpern tells “Polygon” in a phone interview, “I found Simon’s work poignant and emotional, and I recognized myself in some of it, in spite of the science-fiction elements. I tried to carry that forward and really think about universal feelings, that people in their own walk of life encounter in their own ways. I tried to have every episode address something that I felt on some level was universal.
I was almost trying to treat the show like an empathy delivery device, where everyone could recognize something and say, ‘Oh, I know how that feels.’ That certainly was the approach to the types of topics or themes that ended up in the show itself.” Nathaniel says his show might have a particular warm message for those e who are lonely. The show’s gentle escapism, and its sense of wonder and comfort comes at a time when the whole world is fighting with the global pandemic and the demons of isolation and losing jobs.
With the whole world under lockdown, there has been an immense increase in the demand for entertainment, and Harper feels that his show is meant for an audience wider than he expected. He says he “doesn’t want to come off like I’m trying to take advantage of the moment,” given the real difficulties people are facing.
But he does acknowledge that his show might help alleviate the loneliness of those who are feeling alone. Loop of Tales is like the breath of fresh air amidst all this.
When is Season 2 due?
The show’s first season that had eight one-hour long episodes, premiered at once on April 3, 2020, on Amazon Prime Video. While it is quite early to predict or even hope for a season 2, we can’t be entirely disappointed. In a conversation with “Vanity Fair”, the show-runner spoke of the show’s return and said, “The Loop itself is essentially a storytelling device. It’s somewhat endless what you can do with it, so I would love to have a second season. But it’s a bit early.”
Sooner or later we can definitely expect another season of the brilliant sci-fi drama Tales From The Loop.
But considering, the fact that it is an anthology series, the cast will definitely be different. Though we saw 8 standalone episodes that were somehow connected to each other we will also not be surprised if we see characters from season 1. The second season might either see entirely new episodes or see a continuation of what the season 1 ended with, i.e Cole and how he finds that his sibling who was caught in time hasn’t aged even a day.
While the outside world fights coronavirus, get into your room, turn on your laptop and tune into the tales, and get lost in a world that is not as cruel as it is now. Let the Tales do its work. Don’t forget to let us know your thoughts about it!