Is From season 2 going to lean more Lost or Wayward Pines?
Things have changed since the first season of From debuted on EPIX last year. Well, I guess not that much has changed. Mostly it’s just the fact that the network changed its name to MGM+.
One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is that From still hasn’t gotten the level of buzz that some other horror TV shows have. However, those who have seen it are hooked. It rates extremely high with both regular viewers and critics alike. We’re talking a 7.6 IMDB rating, 89% of Google users liking it, and a whopping 96% average Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes. (The average audience score is also high at 88%.)
With numbers like that, why aren’t more people anxiously anticipating From season 2, which starts streaming exclusively on MGM+ on Apr. 23, 2023?
I don’t know. Maybe because there are so many streamers with good shows now. We can’t possibly be expected to subscribe to them all.
Plus, diehard horror fans tend to gravitate to specialized ones, like Shudder, or to ones that offer a lot of horror content, like Netflix. MGM+ has some horror, including the MGM+ original docuseries Blumhouse’s Compendium of Horror, but it’s not devoted to it.
Anyway, let’s take a gander at the series overall, including two of the biggest questions season 1 left us with. Then we’ll talk about what the trailer for From season 2 does, and does not, reveal for us.
A specific synopsis about From season 2 hasn’t been released yet, but here’s a snippet from the general one for the series as a whole on MGM+:
The series unravels the mystery of a nightmarish town that traps all those who enter. As the unwilling residents fight to keep a sense of normalcy and search for a way out, they must also survive the threats of the surrounding forest – including the terrifying creatures that come out when the sun goes down.
Questions about From
Season 1 introduced a lot of questions, including the biggest one, which is, “Why do some people get stuck in the town?”
Another has to do with the creatures that also live (and hunt) there: what the heck are they? Alien? Vampire? Lab experiment gone wrong?
Does the trailer for From season 2 hold any answers? Or is it riddled with red herrings?
It’s brought up more than once in the trailer that perhaps they’re all stuck there as part of some involuntary experiment. Either that or they’re all dreaming —or dead. All of which echo vibes of Lost and Wayward Pines.
From’s resemblance to both Lost and Wayward Pines
Besides sharing a possible similar plot, From shares a couple of other things in common with Lost. The most visible of which is Harold Perrineau, who appeared as Michael in 64 episodes of Lost. (You know. Walt’s dad.)
But people behind the scenes also share a Lost connection. Showrunner Jeff Pinkner (Fringe, Alias, Lost) is an executive producer, along with the show’s creator John Griffin (Crater) and Jack Bender (Lost, Game of Thrones, Mr. Mercedes), who also directs.
That explains the intense Lost vibes, which again has monsters of a sort. But of instead of a mysterious Smoke Monster, it’s murderous creatures that look like people.
The creatures and being stuck in one place also very much feel like how Wayward Pines started off. But, like Lost, it turned out there was a conspiracy at play that explained why people were trapped there. (I mean, I’d guess you’d call Wayward Pines’ origins part of a conspiracy. People conspired to keep the truth secret about its purpose and function, after all.)
Where Wayward Pines ended up was slightly better than the way Lost concluded, which disappointed a lot of fans. (Or is that too gentle of an assessment? Is “outraged” a better word? Or has enough time passed now and those who were upset by the ending have made peace with it?)
Anyway, maybe the second season of From will give us some answers. The first of its 10 episodes premieres on April 23 and the last on June 25.
From season 2 trailer
Are you a fan of From? Why do you think people get stuck in the town? Are they dreaming, dead or part of an experiment? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments!