The co-creators of Clone High explain why Gandhi isn’t present in season 2. Clone High season 2, which picks up two decades after the end of season 1, had its Max streaming service premiere on May 23 with two episodes. There are now more recent animated clones, and the main cast—which includes Abe, Joan, JFK, and Cleo—must adjust to the shifting social landscape after being unfrozen. But Gandhi is still frozen, so there’s one significant omission.
Gandhi’s absence from Clone High season 2 was discussed by co-creators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller in an interview with ET Canada. The pair, who co-created the animated series with Bill Lawrence, clarified that they decided to develop and expand the plot rather than include Gandhi’s character. Lord likens the lack of presence to how characters in the teen dramas that Clone High parodies occasionally disappear. After the launch of Clone High season 2, co-creators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller discuss Gandhi’s exclusion and why it makes sense.
Clone High Season 2 Review
But Clone High has always been most known for its sharply satirical approach. It featured well-known people in wild circumstances that were reminiscent of classic teen dramas like Degrassi, Dawson’s Creek, My So-Called Life, and Saved by the Bell, rather than just placing them in ridiculous situations.
Every main character was a parody of an archetype from a teen drama from the 1980s or 1990s, and each episode referenced the most significant episodes of these shows that dealt with serious subjects. This seriousness was expressed in a lighthearted manner in Clone High.
Similar to The Next Fifty Years on Beverly Hills 90210, the show’s worst episode portrayed a Ponce de Leon clone who met his demise in a ridiculous littering accident. In its perverse way, the episode has a sense of realism that transcends its source material, even with the absence of significant disclosures, the status quo being maintained, and the character’s eventual exclusion.
Season 2 of Clone High Takes Us Back To The Origins
With nostalgic throwbacks and allusions to its predecessor from two decades ago, the latest season of Clone High more closely resembles the core of the original series than Season 1. This season goes deeper into Scudworth and Mr. B’s shenanigans, including their attempt to convert Clone High into a Christian school to receive tax-exempt status and the return of the Tom & Jerry-like dynamic between Scudworth and Skunky-Poo.
The creative license that comes with airing on Max is also fully embraced by this season, as evidenced by the characters’ never-fail entertaining tirades filled with profanity. This new season embraces the strangeness of the original series and brings back its energy and weirdness in a seamless manner, unlike the previous season which felt like a reintroduction at points.
Confucius and Harriet’s Relationship Dynamics Unfold
With the arrival of Toussaint Louverture piqueing Harriet Tubman’s curiosity, Clone Season 2 explores possible relationship issues between Confucius and Harriet. This season, Edebiri’s performance shines because the younger clones are assigned more significant roles. She displays her flexible vocal work, which can easily switch from friendly to agitated, reminding us of Gandhi’s intensity from the first season.
As Confucius and Harriet Tubman get more integrated into the main group, this interaction between them becomes a crucial part of Season 2, generating an audience level of engagement similar to that of established characters.
Season 2 of Clone High revisits the iconic series, shedding light on Gandhi’s absence as co-creators prioritize plot development. Season 2 introduces Toussaint Louverture, sparking curiosity in Harriet Tubman and exploring potential relationship issues between Confucius and Harriet. Edebiri’s standout performance as the younger clones with more significant roles adds depth to the narrative, generating audience engagement comparable to that of established characters. The season seamlessly combines nostalgic throwbacks with new dynamics, offering an entertaining continuation of the Clone High legacy.