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What will this day be like?
While season 1 relied heavily on a time-travel storyline, Hunter and fellow co-creator Ariel Shaffir say season 2 will remain more firmly planted in one time and place: 2162. “There’s some jumping around, but for the most part we really wanted to focus on them living in a certain future,” says Hunter. “We spent the bulk of the second season world-building, and putting them in some strange worlds and having them having to figure those out.… Josh is thrust into this future world, and he’s the fish out of water for the most part.” Or in water, if this photo is any indication.
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These photos showcase a handful of new looks for the characters in season 1, and some unfamiliar faces. The creators are cryptic about what all this means, but Shaffir says, “This is a new future that they created. And a different timeline, so there’s new characters to introduce and explore.” Hunter notes how unusual it is for a comedy show to be this hush-hush. “Because it’s a serialized show, there’s so many things we don’t necessarily want to give away,” he says.
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Some moments (and costumes) in season 2 may look familiar to film fans. The creators promise their abundance of references and pop culture shoutouts will continue in season 2. “That’s engrained in Josh’s character,” notes Shaffir. “He sees situations and likens them to certain movies, so we definitely still have some references.” Hunter jokes, “We’re in the future. There’s a lot of Blade Runner stuff going on.” And their biggest reference point is tied to a certain Marty McFly, who also traveled to the future in his own sequel, a cinematic equivalent of a second season. “Back to the Future is definitely something we heavily draw from when we write this show,” reflects Shaffir, while Hunter jokes, “Next season will be in the Old West. I don’t know what happens after that.”