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‘Undone’ and Why Complex Depictions of Mental Illnesses Matter

Published October 2019

In a world where characters with mental illnesses are consistently depicted as the monsters, villains, antagonists, and just generally ‘unlikeable’ people across film and television, Undone feels like a breath of fresh air. An Amazon original series, the show is an adult animated, dramedy created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy, both known for their work on Bojack Horseman. Undone revolves around the story of Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar) and her changed relationship with time after getting into a car accident. She starts seeing her father, Jacob Winograd (Bob Odenkirk), who had mysteriously died during her childhood, as he attempts to explain the nature of reality and how she, and only she, can manipulate it to help him solve the mystery of his death. Those familiar with Schizophrenia will start to see some overlaps between what Alma is experiencing throughout the show and some of the symptoms of the disorder.