Monday , October 3 2022

Season 2 Missions: "We have to go back"


The VL had the opportunity to travel to the Paris area in its impressive landscape missions season 2, soon in the OCS. A time that seems even dense and even stronger.

It's in Ivry sur Seine, Studio K, that VL has an appointment to visit the whole missions season 2. An important plateau that encompasses the beautiful backdrop of the bus that will bring back to Mars a part of the crew of season 1 for a rescue mission to the last chance. What they discover will overcome what they could imagine. Just as we visit the stems of the New Age.

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It's already going to talk about what missions season 2; Henri Debeurme, co-creator and producer of the series tells us about it: " We find our crew 5 years later. In 5 years, a lot has happened, starting with Jeanne who left Mars at the end of Season 1. Is he alive or dead? An intuition will give them the feeling that they are still alive and that we have to return to Mars. Bill Meyer, billionaire, then decides to bring the crew back to Mars. Season 2 will see our heroes return to the red planet where they had experienced trauma and deliberately put back the unanswered questions. All this will break, of course, once they are returned, everything will not happen as planned. The great discovery will be a very green space, a big forest, a place we do not know if it's on Mars … or elsewhere. We will have in the second season the answer to this strange quote that was discovered in Season 1 and that led to a place that does not look like Mars. "

Left: Clément Aubert or Simon Gramat Right: Julien Lacombe – writer and director

To make this time 2 and to transmit it (about June 2019) it took 2 years: " We preferred to wait for the returns after the show", Explains Henri Debeurme." We were afraid to crack down on this kind of project and taking into account our factory potential. We are completely reassured by the odds and today we really have confidence in what we are doing".
The very good form of season 1 abroad and subsequent sales increased the budget of the series (from 1.5 million in the season 1 to 2 million in season 2) with a direct consequence of a slight lengthening but important for the logistics time.
Season 2 will always have 10 episodes of 25 minutes that mix the mythology of the series and the privacy of the characters (one of the lessons learned by critics after Season 1): " Nothing has yet been decided for Season 3, but what is certain is that we know where we are going and we will not wait too long to start writing. There is no doubt that it will begin when assembling 2 ", exact Julien Lacombe, director / writer. "We still think of a possible extension of the duration of the episodes in Season 3. It is under discussion. "

For this new season, the time spent preparing for the season will be felt in history: " Our will in Season 2 is to surprise the audience. It was a real challenge. If season 1 was mostly spent in a closed bus session, season 2 is almost entirely in natural environments, not necessarily those that await the public, that is, the Martian soil as represented and as we "saw in season 1" explains J. Lacombe. "Basically we wanted to build the season 2, pointing out what we liked in Season 1 and we went to" hard SF ", that is, we go to universes like Arthur Clarkeauthor of the Space Odyssey of 2001) with different worlds, space-time gates, all that make me dream of science fiction. "

On a bunk … on the bus …

We can guess from our meetings that season 2 will be more for characters and adventure and less if not more for the scientific side: " We move further from the scientific discussion to what we have written. We continue the mythology that we had installed in the first world with this other world, this kind of lost Eden that would happen on Mars. We will explain and open new doors. And I promise you a crazy end of the season.

All teams give all of them an upgraded season 2 compared to the first. If a large part of the original cast is back, they will not all go back to Mars: " We wanted to have narrative meaning. We did not want people to just leave to get them back", Explains Henri Debeurme." With the 5-year cap between the two seasons, the characters have changed, the love stories have been created between some and the old wounds will appear even. "
If Hélène Viviès, Clément Aubert, Mathias Mlekuz, Arben Bajraktaraj or Giorgia Sinicorni will return, Missions season 2 can be based on the arrival of small news to the crew of the series, Barbara Probst (together with Clément Aubert at announcer). She will play the role of William Meyer's daughter and will make great discoveries about herself and her past during Season 2.

Chris Calcus works on the bus model that served as the basis for making the big final model

If the interior of the bus is directed at Studio K in the Paris area, it was also moved to France as Julien Lacombe explained: We want to go shoot in amazing places, places that will visually surprise everyone and give the point of view. And we can find these places in France, as we found with a large cave in the Pyrenees, which is the largest cave that is accessible to the public or even luxurious discs. We also found some of the forests of Dordogne. Our desire is to build something that has a mouth. "

His challenge missions from a narrative point, turns to something interesting: to bring a message about the future of our world. Is this missions has a political speech? Ecological? Probably a little: " We are at a crossroads with regard to the evolution of our species. We know that over the next 100 years, things will go crazy for our culture. Science fiction must be interested in this. He has to question some things. Are we, at a moderate level, doing a little? I sincerely hope.", Concluded Julien Lacombe.

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