Co-creator Sterlin Harjo returns to lead the FX series on Hulu, returning August 3.
Critically acclaimed “Reservation Dogs” howls again.
Season 2 of the FX series on Hulu kicks off with two back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, August 3. The series, co-created by Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo, picks up with the teenage quartet positioning themselves for their move to California.
As Elora (Devery Jacobs), Bear (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), Cheese (Lane Factor) and Willie (Paulina Alexis) prepare to run away together after the death of their best friend, the gang continues his petty crime schemes to earn money for the trip.
Written by an all-Indigenous writing room, “Reservation Dogs” won Best New Scripted Series and Best Ensemble Cast at the Independent Film Spirit Awards, in addition to Gotham Awards, Peabody Awards, and AFI TV honors. .
Oscar-winning Waititi expands his Taika verse with the FX series centered on Native American teenagers growing up on an Oklahoma reservation. IndieWire previously called the series “a tragic meditation on how the systemic oppression of Indigenous peoples continues to reverberate through generations, but it doesn’t wallow in this sad truth as much as it uses it as a ramp.” kickoff for a more sophisticated (and sometimes quite funny) coming-of-age story.
Co-creator Harjo told IndieWire that the comedic elements of the series are derived from an inherent Indigenous sense of humor, “which is humor that is about survival, always boiling over tragedy and drama”, Harjo said. “That’s what makes it funny. And that’s what gives it its rhythm, the back and forth. Kind of rocking you between those two things, which I think is hypnotic for an audience. We find humor even in some of the darkest times or circumstances. It’s about being able to laugh. And I think that was the key to survival. And I just think it’s ingrained.
In TV critic Kristen Lopez’s first season review, the “crazy and hilarious” series blends surreal dream sequences with everyday sensibilities to embody both cultural history and the teenage angst of dreaming big. .
“Aside from references to movies like ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Platoon,’ the situational humor and guest stars make the show feel like a bizarre mish-mash that’s both lived-in and fantastical,” said writes Lopez. “It’s a surprising series that illustrates why everyone’s story is worth telling.”
Season 2 of “Reservation Dogs” premieres August 3 on Hulu.
Check out the trailer below.