'What/If' Season 2: Will the 'Indecent Proposal' rip-off transform into a new story with the same faces?
In its first season, 'What/If' explored how a young scientist enters into a dangerous deal with an investor to save her medtech startup and messes up her marriage.
When Netflix released the plot line for 'What/If', it read: a “neo-noir social thriller that explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things.” As vague as that description might seem, the show turned out to be quite disappointing in its first season.
The first season peeked into the lives of Lisa Donovan (Jane Levy), an idealist scientist who runs a medtech startup, and her husband Sean Donovan (Blake Jenner). When Lisa is desperate to save her startup and get an investor on board, she meets Anne Montgomery (Renée Zellweger), a mysterious capitalist who agrees to fund her company.
However, there's a catch. Anne wants something evil in return, and it is to spend a night alone with her husband, Sean. If the plotline hasn't dampened your spirits already, more dismaying is the fact that the entire idea seems to be ripped off from the 1993 American drama film 'Indecent Proposal'. The first season drew flak for its content, but Oscar-winner Zellweger’s performance was still an eye-catching affair.
The first season finale wrapped up most of the open-ended plots with a fresh beginning for the couple after the chaotic mess they got themselves into. Lisa tells Sean, "In a weird way, I have to give credit to Anna for doing that. If she hadn't entered our lives, I would still be living with a person I didn't know." In a surprise twist, the final scene shows Anne's back from the dead. It comes off as quite a shocker because she shared a suicide message on her social media before setting the apartment on fire.
Even as the show has an ending with many possibilities for future plots, it seems like the show creator has different plans. Hence, it is quite a mystery to see what the show will offer in its second offing.
Showrunner Mike Kelley told TVLine, "My intention is for future seasons, assuming we get future seasons, to take place in a universe where the other story never existed," adding, "So there would be no Anne Montgomery in the world of Season 2." He also added that he would like to pull an 'American Horror Story' and cast the same actors in the show to play different roles. Sounds interesting, doesn't it?
There is no official confirmation from Netflix on this as of now. Guess, we'll just have to wait and watch.