Electric Dreams 1×01: “The Hood Maker” | Review
Inspired by the format with which Netflix has shaped the Black Mirror, the british network Channel 4 is thrown into the vein of social satire in salsa sci-fi with Electric Dreams, the anthology series that each new episode, it proposes to adapt for television the tale of Philip K. Dick, a seminal author in sci-fi in the united states.
Full Blade Runner mania, therefore, the series produced – among others – from Bryan Cranston made his debut with the pilot, The Hood Maker, direct from the expert by Julian Jarrold (a thirty-year career behind, the last effort the extraordinary to The Crown), written by Matthew Graham (he worked on some episodes of Doctor Who) and starring Richard Madden (for his friends, Robb Stark de The Throne of Swords). The bet on the homonymous short story published in 1955, sees the agent Ross (Madden) on the trail of a mysterious manufacturer of special caps anti-telepathy in the context of a society split in two between normals and telepaths.
The London futuristic staged by Jarrold seems to be a cross between the Los Angeles of 2019 in Ridley Scott and a suburb of the multicultural England of the ’70s, but with its protest marches, see a lot – at least on a subliminal level – in all the Charlottesville area or the Barcelona of today.
Agent Ross (he who at the aesthetic level is a copy of Rick Deckard, with his look trench coat-drenched-in-rain-more-shirt-matching-hazardous) must team up with the beautiful and delicate Honor: the police, forced to contend with the protests of anti-telepaths (most people do not see of good eye these special beings, who live in the ghettos like the aliens of District 9), decides to arruolarla to try to take advantage of his paranormal abilities.
At this point, the human Ross and the telepath Honor become the symbol of a social union is a utopian, the meeting between those two species so similar yet so different that you just don't want to know to get in touch, but ... but there is a but, and more I will not say.
Like Black Mirror also Electric Dreams is based on the fundamental questions of who we are and where we are going: the journey of Ross and Honor is told in an intelligent and provocative, and touches on many current issues and he knows when to entertain, intrigue, or make us reflect; but if we are to make a comparison – and we must, because by its very nature, this series goes on to challenge the giant sci/fi Netflix in the same playing field – then we must say that we are very far from power, iconoclastic series of Charlie Brooker, even smarter, even more provocative (only in this first episode, but I remember the slap in the face that pulled the first episode of Black Mirror?).
Electric Dreams gives the feeling of being less original and more derivative (Philip K. Dick we've seen it in all the sauces, both the cinema and on television) and the science fiction to show is a sci-fi distant, something that may happen in between many years, and seems to be a little charming when compared to Netflix, which points to the here and now, on the present moment and on how the technology is progressively infecting.
However, today there is a viable alternative, as less.
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