Missions season 2: "We have to go back"



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VL had the chance to go to the Paris region in the missions second season, soon in the OCS. A season that seems even dense and even stronger.

It is at Ivry sur Seine, in Studio K, that VL has a consultation to visit the set of missions Season 2. An important plateau that includes the sublime scenery of the space shuttle that will bring back to Mars a part of the crew of the first season for a rescue mission of the last chance. What they will discover will go beyond what they could have imagined. Just as we are visiting the filming of this new season.


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You'll talk about what missions second season? Henri Debeurme, co-creator and producer of the series tells us about this: « We met our staff 5 years later. In 5 years, much has happened, starting with Jeanne on Mars at the end of the first season. Is she alive or dead? An intuition will give them the feeling that they are still alive and that we must return to Mars. Billionaire William Meyer then decides to bring some of the crew back to Mars. The second season will see our heroes return to the red planet where they have been traumatized and deliberately set aside unanswered questions. All this will break because, of course, once returned, everything will not happen as planned. The great discovery will be a very green place, a great forest, a place that we do not know if it is on Mars … or somewhere else. We will have in the second season the answer to this strange passage discovered in the first season and that took to a place that nothing seems with Mars. "

Left: Clément Aubert, alias Simon Gramat Right: Julien Lacombe – author and director

To do this season 2 and broadcast it (around June 2019), it took 2 years: " We'd rather wait for the returns after the broadcast"Explains Henri Debeurme." We were afraid to overturn this type of project and considering our manufacturing contingencies. We were totally reassured by the returns and today, we really have confidence in what we do".
The good form of season 1 abroad and the sales that followed increased the budget of the series (from 1.5 million in the first season to 2 million euros in the second season) with the immediate consequence of a slight elongation, but important for the logistics of the time of filming.
The second season will always feature 10 episodes of 25 minutes mixing the series 'mythology and characters' private lives (one of the lessons learned from critics after the first season): " Nothing is decided yet for season three, but what is certain is that we know where we are going and we will not wait so long to start writing. Undoubtedly, it will begin during the assembly of the 2 ", need Julien Lacombedirector / author. "We are even thinking about a possible extension of the episodes' duration in the third season.. "

For this new season, the time spent preparing for the season will be felt in history: " Our will in season two is to amaze the public. It was a real challenge. If the first season was played mostly in closed session on the space shuttle, the second season is almost entirely in natural scenarios and not necessarily those that the public expects, ie the Martian soil as it is represented and how we? Ve seen in Season 1 & # 39 ;, explains J. Lacombe. "Basically, we wanted to build the second season, highlighting what we liked in season 1 and going to the" hard SF "ie going to universes like those of Arthur Clarke (author of The Space Odyssey 2001) with different worlds, space-time portals, everything in everything that makes me dream in science fiction. "

On a bunk … on the bus …

We may assume in our meetings that the second season will be more about characters and adventures and less, if not more, about the scientific aspect: We are moving further away from the scientific discourse in which we write. We continue the mythology we began to install in the first season with this other world, that kind of lost Eden that would be on Mars. Let's give explanations and open new doors. And we promise you a crazy end of the season.

All the teams give everything to offer a second season updated in relation to the first. If a large part of the original cast is back, not everyone will return to Mars: " We wanted it to have a narrative meaning. We did not want people to go out just to get them back."Explains Henri Debeurme." With the 5-year limit between the two seasons, the characters have changed, love stories have been created among some, and ancient traumas will even resurface. "
If Hélène Viviès, Clément Aubert, Mathias Mlekuz, Arben Bajraktaraj or Giorgia Sinicorni are back, Season 2 of the Missions can count on the arrival of a small newness in the crew of the series in the character of Barbara Probst (alongside Clément Aubert in speaker). She will play the role of William Meyer's daughter and will make great discoveries about her and her past during Season Two.

Chris Calcus is working on his model of the bus that served as the basis for making the great final model

If the interior of the shuttle is shot in Studio K in the Paris region, he also moved through France, as explained by Julien Lacombe: We want to go shooting in amazing places, places that will visually surprise everyone and put the view. And we can find these places in France, as we find in a large cave in the Pyrenees, which is the largest cavern accessible to the public or even sumptuous trays. We also find some in the Dordogne forests. Our desire is to build something that has a mouth. "

The challenge of missions is, from a narrative point, directed to something interesting: to carry a message about the future of our world. It is missions Do you have a political speech? Ecological? Probably a little: " We are at a crossroads in terms of the evolution of our species. We know that in the next 100 years, things will go insane for our civilization. Science fiction must be interested in this. She has to question some things. Is it at our modest level, let's do some? I sincerely hope so.", Concludes Julien Lacombe.

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