Marvel's 'Runaways': Siddhartha Khosla talks about the high stakes season filled with drama, suspense and mystery
Khosla tells MEAWW that the cues he got regarding the script already had him excited about working on the show's season two
Season 2 of Marvel’s 'Runaways' premiered on Hulu on December 21, and as fans of the show have pointed out, it has raised the stakes and turned on the drama a lot more than we had anticipated. Starring Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, and Allegra Acosta, the show has kept us on the edge of our seats, and by no means can we ignore the contribution of music by Siddhartha Khosla in creating that impact.
Khosla tells MEAWW that the cues he got regarding the script already had him excited about working on the show.
"Season 2 of Marvel's 'Runaways' is epic. That is all I need to say and I think that season 2 feels incredibly elevated, the stakes are higher. There is just so much drama, suspense, and mystery and wonderful performances all around," he says, before crediting showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage Josh for doing a remarkable job this season.
After the soft and earthy melodies for his other famous show 'This is Us', working on Marvel’s 'Runaways' was like taking a 180-degree turn, says Khosla, who says that the palettes of the music for both shows are extremely different.
"On 'This is Us', I am playing all the music with my own fingers — on my wooden table, on my guitar, on my piano. I am singing this cello. It feels very organic and homemade," he says, adding that in contrast, on "Marvel's 'Runaways', we are playing all these instruments on it, but it is using digitizers and analog synthesizers from the 1980s and so it's a very different sonic power."
"I enjoy switching back forth from one to the other because it forces me to compartmentalize in a way that's healthy so I don't get too bogged down with one particular score. I can take a break from one and come to the other. I have other shows as well, so it is constant back and forth. I think it's a healthy thing," says the musical genius.
Regardless of genre, making music that is authentic and interesting is Khosla’s MO. "I think that the best compliment I received for my work on 'This is Us' is that the music is incredibly emotional and without hitting you over the head with it. Somebody once said that my scores for 'This is Us' feels like under the skin and to me, that is the best compliment you can give," he says, revealing that he tries to present the score with a delicate balance and that he wants to make sure that it is authentic and interesting.
Other than Marvel's 'Runaways' and 'This is Us', Khosla is also working on ABC’s 'The Kids are Alright', which he says is one of the funniest shows he has seen in years.
He has a lot more on the cards, some of which he can’t talk about yet, like the Netflix movie that is in the pipelines. "I am really excited about the second half of 'This is Us' season 3 — it's just going to be incredible. I'm so proud of where it has gone and I am excited about that," he says.