The fifth episode of Undone’s second season, ‘Lungs’ unlocked a new character and new revelations. It was clear Camila’s (Constance Marie) past was coming to the surface. Who could have predicted just how heartbreaking these final revelations would be. The drama is turned all the way up in this episode, and it works so well.
The introduction of Alejandro (Carlos Santos) is game-changing, and he’s already begun making such a massive impact. His character also adds additional depth to Camila’s (Constance Marie) character, which is being explored this season. On his own, however, Alejandro is so incredibly unique and fully realized that he’s immediately endearing. The exploration of his past gives further context to his character, and makes him that much more sympathetic and relatable.
This character’s introduction also brings a kind of resolution to Camila’s story. This season has set up Camila as a far more complex character than the one viewers were introduced to in the first season. Seeing her re-visit her past, specifically in navigating a re-kindled relationship with Alejandro after leaving him so many years ago. Camila’s decision is devastating, and just makes her more lovable. If you found yourself unable to relate to her character in the first season, you’d be hard-pressed not to sympathize with her journey here.
If you thought Becca’s (Angelique Cabral) wedding was dramatic the first time around, this episode somehow manages to top it. The secrecy and smoke-and-mirrors that characterized Camila and Alejandro build tension to what’s ultimately a heartbreaking revelation. This entire storyline was really the story of people trying to do the best they could in a less than ideal situation. It makes these characters all the more human. This story also shed light on Camila and Jacob’s (Bob Odenkirk) relationship, and portrayed it with unflinching honesty.
Seeing how Alejandro relates to the rest of his family, Alma (Rosa Salazar) and Becca in particular was fascinating. Almost immediately, it’s clear that there are so many similarities to be found within this family. It’s not a happy reunion/first meeting, however. The honest look continues as the entire family has to navigate the reality of choices made in the past. No one comes away feeling happy without there being the very distinct sense of regret and remorse woven through the reunion.
This managed to be one of the most heartbreaking episodes to date. It’s a poignant reflection on the trauma of loss and also re-connection. You can’t help but feel for everyone involved here. You might not totally agree with all of the decisions that have been along the way, but you can’t help but feel deeply for everyone involved. This is the strength of this story, creating a situation that itself is not entirely sympathetic, while being able to empathize with the characters involved all the same.
Undone is not holding back as this season continues. While exploring the themes that the first season established, these new characters provide even richer opportunities to explore and appreciate these characters. With Alejandro in particular, the stage is set to explore this character even deeper on his own and in relation to his family. There is so much more to explore here, and Undone is more than up to the task.
Undone is available to stream on Prime Video.