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Aquarius: Season 2
America in the 1960s was a land of tumult and transformation.Across the country institutions were rocked by protests both violent and peaceful assassinations became an alltoo common occurrence and each day brought a new headline that
America in the 1960s was a land of tumult and transformation.Across the country institutions were rocked by protests both violent and peaceful assassinations became an alltoo common occurrence and each day brought a new headline that spoke to the painful process that the country was going through: revolution. No city felt this pain more than Los Angeles.Los Angeles Police Department Det. Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny Californication The XFiles) the served his country in the Pacific Theater during World War II and now protects his city in the late 60s. When an old flame tells him that her daughter Emma Karn (Emma Dumont Salvation Bunheads) has gone missing he jumps to action. His search leads him to find Emma living with a group of hippies led by a dirty slight but violent figure named Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony Game of Thrones). As he digs deeper to try and pull her out Hodiaks suitandtie worldview is attacked by the same peaceandlove mantra that is challenging institutions across America.Hodiak enlists the help of undercover vice Officer Brian Shafe (Grey Damon True Blood Friday Night Lights). A Vietnam veteran Shafe has seen war in a much different light than Hodiak. Even though Shafe is a rookie he has things to teach Hodiak such as the brandnew Miranda Rights that are indicative of an emerging style of policing that doesnt turn a blind eye to abuses of power.As Hodiak and Shafe become further entwined with Manson and as the country slides deeper into its metamorphosis the world Hodiak knows begins to disappear before his eyes. This same shifting landscape emboldens Manson to thrust his perverted philosophies upon the world. When the doors of the music industry are closed to him however Manson seeks a different way to broadcast his apocalyptic message that will end with one of the most infamous homicides in American history the TateLaBianca murders.The two men are on a crash course that will ultimately lead to the gruesome bloody end of the hippie era and leave America shaken and once again changed.Ringing with the unparalleled music of the era Aquarius is a sprawling work of historical fiction with nuanced characters whose actions in a time of national transformation enlighten how we became who we are today.Writer John McNamara (Trumbo The Magicians) serves as executive producer with Marty Adelstein (Prison Break) Becky Clements (Last Man Standing) David Duchovny and Melanie Greene. Aquarius is a production of Tomorrow Studios.