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A whole society is hanging in the balance as Season 1 of Moonhaven comes to an end. A generations-long plan is beginning to crumble, a coup is in the works, and some new arrivals are making the people of a self-contained lunar colony question everything.
Moonhaven takes some time for Earther pilot Bella (Emma McDonald) to join Paul Sarno (Dominic Monaghan) and his family in a quiet meal where they discuss what they enjoy and what the future holds.
In the writers' room, we said, "You were born in Paradise." It's not in a way that you're going to yoga class, but in a way that you're fully engaged in your life every day." Part of that is to recognize that when things go wrong, you'll pay for it later on by forgetting about it.
As he leaves, he passes through a series of open-air gates, similar to those lit in the series' opening night sequence. Another part of the design teams' tangible connection to a shared past
Phillip Murphy, the production designer for the United States, said, "We went to China and looked into this," or "You're going to see something beautiful." Moon gates are basically holes in walls or round windows that have views out over the world, or that lead you in a path that asks you to adjust what you're seeing because youre going into somewhere beautiful.
Despite Paul's calm and determination, the reason why danger is still present in this season finale is that the omniscient artificial intelligence IO is about to be under new control. Indira (Amara Karan), who arrived at Moonhaven under the cloak of being an envoy, concludes the season in the midst of a takeover of IO alongside Tomm (Joe Manganiello) and their other friends, explained that they couldn't be too coy about her intentions.
I promised Amara that she would have to learn to poker for the first season, and she did a fantastic job of it. I think that character has played a rather simple throughline with her ideology in this season. She just has her own sense of how the future should unfold. I think she has very rational plans to improve things in a way that she believes is the future.
Moonhaven is approaching power and policymaking on its own terms, even as the curtains begin to peel back on Indira and Tomms real intentions. One of the keys to keeping Indira a mysterious force throughout the season is that she does not stand in as an easy real-world analogue. Ocko said he and the writing staff wanted to avoid making any of the characters in this story a pure allegorical stand-in.
This isn't a lecture or a debate about an agenda or an answer. It's just putting out this question: How do we survive? That's a valid question, and the choices we have to make to answer it will change as we become more desperate, according to Ocko. However, to our present-day ears, it's not meant to be a lecture or an answer.
Thematic concerns raised by this finale include a slew of logistical considerations. Arlos (Kadeem Hardison) detached arm points the way to a few answers. (In the other scenes in the season when Arlo is separated from his limb, model makers at Odyssey studios created a cast of Hardisons arm and made a full recreation, down to putting all the hairs in. It was like a perfect match.)
The advent of the literal family tree that once stood in the Fringe Land but is now a much larger part of how these Mooners see themselves. It's one of the last examples of the shows ability to introduce an unfamiliar concept and have both Bella and the viewing public of outsiders recognize it immediately. Because of those scenes like those around Paul Sarnos' dining table, the still-mysterious IO will continue to be a more visible component of the show going forward.
In Season 1, Ocko stated that weve tried to hide that card as much as we could. I don't think we can keep it hidden. IO now has to expose itself and they must understand why it's a child now, but not forever? That's definitely part of my thinking moving forward.
All of these layered ideas make up what Ocko described as a six-episode narrative, one that addresses fundamental philosophical ideas like mortality and destiny while also introducing otherworldly, ethereal figures like the Wild Child, who disappears into the same smoky cave as Maite Voss (Ayelet Zurer).
Between the conflict on the Moon and a fresh dynamic of those First Wavers arriving safely at their destination, the shows renewal gives a chance to extend the series' whole scope.
We do not want to just pick up the story exactly where it left off. I want to feel that when we were in Season 2, we were with the ones we love, but this is a new chapter, according to Ocko. Its not a bunch of softies who are now going to be overrun by the Walking Dead. Its a group of technologically advanced humans who are still dedicated to making things better. That, to me, is the most important thing we were doing.
Moonhaven is now available for viewing on AMC+. The series has been renewed for a second season.