When we think pop history in recent cultural memory, we think of the big events that shaped the political landscape in the long-term, like the Kennedy assassination, Pearl Harbour, and the many clusters of stories related to the cold war. Naturally, most of the documentary shows on ID or Smithsonian also cover these often-highlighted stories as well, while the other, less widely significant but wildly intriguing stories fly under the radar.
The Netflix original Wild Wild Country is a show that tries to shed some light into the latter category through a once (in) famous but now forgotten counterculture movement in the early 1980s Oregon. The six-episode miniseries follows the disasters that sprung from the cult of the Indian Guru popularly known as Osho through a thoroughly researched array of contemporary footage, documents, and archives, calling the idea of good and evil in question as an undercurrent.
Wild Wild Country Season 2 Cast: Who’s in it?
As the most introspective piece of journalistic work ever created on the matter, Wild Wild Country brings in all major figures concerned in the Osho story as its cast – including the man, the myth, the legend Osho himself, his second-in-command Ma Anand Sheela, and his doctor George Meredith. Hypothetically, if the prospect of a Wild Wild Country follow-up season were to exist, the production team would certainly attempt to bring more of exclusive one-on-one interviews with the key historical figures. This means the recasting of Osho, Ma Anand Sheela, George Meredith, Krishna Devi, Jane Stork, and Philip Toelkes. However, such an idea exists only in a hypothesis, and it is unlikely we will see a second season at all, all things considered.
Wild Wild Country Season 2 Plot: What is it about?
Wild Wild Country tracks the journey of Osho into U.S., and the conflict of his group with the local Oregon community, who saw his attempts to establish the ashrama as the onset of a much-maligned hippie culture, and of course, the horrifying events that ensued when Osho’s subordinates had taken up extremist measures to face the opposition – the mass food poisoning, and the attempted murder of U.S. Attorney Charles H. Turner. The show makes use of every journalistic device at its disposal – contemporary newsmedia footage, police and government archives, as well as one-on-one interviews with Osho and other key figures who comment on the events in hindsight.