Taika Waititi is having a run of success the likes of which most filmmakers never see. He is following up the acclaimed and hilarious Thor: Ragnarok, which singlehandedly turned the Thunder God from Marvel’s least charismatic Avenger into the funniest, with Thor: Love and Thunder. He already has a Star Wars film lined up, even if he can’t remember exactly which of his stars has already been to a galaxy far, far away. And best of all, Taika Waititi’s most acclaimed television series, Reservation Dogs is coming back for season 2 and a trailer just dropped. Check it out:
Reservation Dogs season 2 seems to be picking up right where the first season finished, with the titular gang of indigenous Oklahoma teens having fallen apart. Elora Danan (Devery Jacobs) is on the road to California with her former NDN Mafia rival Jackie (Elva Guerra), hopefully not fielding quite as many questions about whether her name is from the 1988 Ron Howard fantasy film Willow. Jackie approaches a Zoltar-like machine in which a caricature of a Native American promises words of wisdom, then narrates the rest of the trailer.
The self-appointed leader of the Reservation Dogs Bear Smallhill (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai) seems to have moved into a career in construction for season 2, and, true to form, is complaining about not having sufficient guidance for his job. Someone asks him if he thinks he is the only person on the reservation to have an absentee parent, which suggests that Reservation Dogs season 2 might have another appearance by his father Punkin Lusty (Sten Joddi) and hopefully a followup to his hit “Greasy Frybread.”
We also see more of Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis) as she is being questioned about her love life (or lack of it), and her trademark deadpan responses. Stoner hermit/powerful mystic Uncle Brownie (Gary Farmer) shows up in several scenes, flanked by Native artist Bucky (Wes Studi), so it looks like we will be getting more of the somewhat unhinged adventures of the elders of the reservation. But best of all, we get a Reservation Dogs season 2 appearance by Bear’s awkwardly confident spirit guide William Knifeman (Dallas Goldtooth), a Lakota warrior who died during the Battle of Little Big Horn after his horse (who also followed him into the afterlife) tripped on a gopher hole. It is a pretty fun show.
The first season of Reservation Dogs, which was created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, was met with universal acclaim and won the prestigious Peabody Award for its unique fusion of humor, casually supernatural occurrences, and emotionally honest takes on the stresses and poverty of reservation life. It is also unique in being the first television show to have an entirely indigenous writing staff and directorial team, as well as a cast mostly consisting of indigenous actors. It is also notable for sharing a significant percentage of its cast with another well-regarded comedy, Peacock’s Rutherford Falls. Reservation Dogs season 2 is scheduled to premiere on August 3 on Hulu.