Set in the late 1960s, the drama follows LA Detective Sam Hodiak (Duchovny) as he pursues Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony). The cast also includes Grey Damon, Emma Dumont, Claire Holt, and Chance Kelly.
Discussing season two changes, Duchovny says his character is a little “more under the gun” this season:
He’s definitely more under the gun. He’s being taunted by an anonymous dude who is sending him photographs of women in various states of distress, tied up and tortured. His son (Chris Sheffield) is still in military prison and won’t talk to him. His ex-wife (Jodi Harris) is spiraling out of control. So his life is falling apart. It’s not like he had all his s–t together last season, but he had more of his s–t together last year than this year, for sure.”
He also revealed this season will lead up to the infamous Manson murders in 1969:
We’ve sped up from the original concept. It was enough to have one season of an entire show that was supposed to lead up to the Manson murders where Hodiak killed more people than Manson! [Laughs] We didn’t want to try viewers’ patience anymore. This is the year the famous Manson murders actually happen. This season leads up to those murders, and then we cover the cultural and social aftermath of what it all meant to the country and to the characters who are dealing with it on the show.”
Later, Duchovny said season two will touch on themes that resonate with today’s issues:
War, civil unrest, civil rights, women’s rights and gay rights. These issues are ongoing, and that’s what makes the show work not just as a period piece, because you like bell-bottoms, but the cases are as current and ripped from the headlines as Law & Order.”
Season two of Aquarius debuts with a commercial-free two-hour premiere tomorrow, June 16th, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
What do you think? Did you see season one of Aquarius? Will you watch season two?