Amazon’s Undone: The 10 Best Quotes | Screen Rant

Amazon’s Undone is one of the most intriguing shows out right now, constantly making viewers question whether the main character Alma has unlocked some form of indigenous time travel, or if she’s suffering from a schizophrenic episode. Season 1 left off on a cliffhanger, so fans will be excited to know that the show is back and better than ever.

As the show goes on, it progresses from questions about mental illness and spirituality to questions about family trauma, and whether it is good—or even possible—to try to fix all of the cracks we have within us. The show explores identities and questions not often explored in popular television and provides its audiences with quotes that will stay with them long after watching. In addition, Undone does a great job of providing deaf/hard of hearing representation, never portraying it as one of the things that need to be fixed.

While life can seem repetitious in high school and college, the true repetitious monotony comes in a person’s twenties, when they’ve settled into their jobs and everyday lives, and found that minutiae become the focus of their lives.

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Alma expresses this sentiment well, describing how the same few cycles seem to rule her life, making it so a decision over which beans to choose seems important. This is an extremely relatable experience and sets the stage well for Alma’s desire to escape into a better, more exciting world.

Alma and Becca are a TV sister duo unlike any other, alternating between giving each other tough love and supporting each other in their mistakes and fears. This quote comes from Becca’s wedding, where she reveals to Alma that she cheated on her husband-to-be.

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Alma does her best to support her sister, looking at the situation as it is, rather than trying to undo what has already happened. This is the most grounded Alma gets in the series and is a reminder to the audience of how important it can be to handle mistakes in the now.

Becca has always been presented as someone trying to live in the now, so it makes sense that when she develops abilities, she would shy away from them if they threaten to break her away from her life.

These lines show the contrast between the sisters, with Alma always looking for something more out of life, while Becca appreciates it for what it already is.

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Undone provides a more nuanced, accurate representation of mental illness than most shows, giving validity to what the individual sees and believes, rather than just labeling them crazy.

While Jacob is a very flawed character, all of his actions are guided by his desire to see the best in his mother and daughters. He doesn’t want to think of his mother as “a big, scary monster that got locked up,” and is willing to go to extreme lengths to change that perception.

After Alma successfully brings back her father, she enters into a mindset in which anything bad can be fixed, given enough time and alteration. Becca is leerier of this, not wanting to risk the good things she does have for the sake of a world that may or may not be better.

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The show asks whether the ability to change everything truly is the way, or if Alma is going too far. As it shows, sometimes bad things are unavoidable, prompting the equally important question of how to cope with trauma that cannot be undone.

Everyone lives by narratives for how the world will or should be, and nothing shows the fragility of those plans quite like health crises and death. Becca’s plan for her life involves Alma being there, just like Alma’s plan included her father.

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Emergencies show how easy it is for those plans to disappear, leaving holes inside of us. This quote captures the fear and grief associated with loss better than most media can, and hits home for those in the audience experiencing a world where reality doesn’t line up with their plans.

The central question of Undone is whether indigenous or western cultures are more correct in their perceptions of those with visions. In general, the show favors the idea that those with schizophrenia are not crazy, as much as they are misunderstood by those who don’t experience the world in the same way they do.

This fascinating, risky take on time travel—that it is only accessible to those who society often rejects—pushes back against the idea that some people are broken, and instead asks audiences to consider how much better the world might be if we tried embracing those differences, rather than pathologizing them.

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While not denying the allure of abilities that can fix what has been broken, Becca’s character reminds audiences to honor what is already beautiful in the lives they are living.

At this point in the story, Becca has a broken marriage. Her sister is dealing with a health crisis. And she still is coping with the pain of losing her father. But she doesn’t let those realities distract her from the good things going on around her, which are just as real and worthy of her attention.

Just when it seems like Alma and Becca have created a perfect world, healed from all its secrets and its pain, disaster strikes. As always, Alma wants to find a supernatural solution to her problem, a way to live only the good of life.

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Becca pulls her back from that instinct, accepting grief and loss as a part of life. While her perspective in season one was that beauty existed even in the worst parts of life, by season two, she includes tragedy as a part of life, rather than trying to fix it or distract herself from it.

The most impactful, significant episode of this series was the penultimate episode of season two, when Alma, Becca, and Jacob get to see the horrible trauma that Ruchel experienced. They try to stop it from happening but learn that some tragedies cannot be prevented. In light of a problem they can’t fix, the answer comes from Ruchel herself.

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Now all grown up, she can see how young she was when she lost her parents, and how impossible it would have been to save them. In this case, the ability to go back wasn’t to undo the trauma but to understand it,  accept it, and forgive herself for it. Seeing Ruchel hug her younger self, and offer her forgiveness that she never offered herself is one of the most profound moments in television.

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