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Electric Dreams

Postby satbunny » 9:53pm on 12 Nov 17

I have been saving up the electric Dreams series from Channel 4. I wanted to watch them as a special treat when I had some time to myself.

From there you can ascertain that I am a big fan of Philip K Dick.

The first one I watched was the hood maker which is about a dystopia based around and emerging conflict between telepaths and normals. The setting is essentially the 1970s in a low tech version of the UK that seems to be ruled by a federal Union dystopic government. The telepaths live in ghettos and as usual perform the sort of marginal prostitution that you would expect from a marginalised community.

The government pretends to support telepath equality and yet it begins to emerge quite soon that they have a quite cynical Intent to exploit the telepaths abilities whilst adopting a divide and rule approach between the two communities.

I won't spoil the show but I want to point out that the style is extremely late 1960s nor as interpreted by a British cast that delivers the same thrill of science fiction past and future that the original Blade Runner movie did.

I give this 10 out of 10 it's still available on all 4 catch-up. It was part funded by Amazon Studios I expected will appear on prime video eventually.

A good one.

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Re: Electric Dreams

Postby dpmcalister » 10:11pm on 12 Nov 17

That episode and the last, currently, shown (the one starring Brian Cranston) are the only two I liked.
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Re: Electric Dreams

Postby j0rdi » 11:21pm on 12 Nov 17

dpmcalister wrote:That episode and the last, currently, shown (the one starring Brian Cranston) are the only two I liked.


Not even the 'Real Life' one with the shared headspace? That one was pretty good too I thought. I also liked the Commuter but thought it was a bit too long.
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Re: Electric Dreams

Postby dpmcalister » 11:25pm on 12 Nov 17

j0rdi wrote:
dpmcalister wrote:That episode and the last, currently, shown (the one starring Brian Cranston) are the only two I liked.


Not even the 'Real Life' one with the shared headspace? That one was pretty good too I thought. I also liked the Commuter but thought it was a bit too long.

'Real Life' kept reminding me of the Red Dwarf episode 'Back to Reality' :lol:
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Re: Electric Dreams

Postby j0rdi » 8:43am on 13 Nov 17

dpmcalister wrote:'Real Life' kept reminding me of the Red Dwarf episode 'Back to Reality' :lol:

Not seen it so not a distraction for me! :)
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Re: Electric Dreams

Postby satbunny » 6:57pm on 14 Nov 17

Impossible Planet
The second episode again quite a 1970s feel
Ostensibly it's about a very elderly lady who wishes to visit a planet that no longer exists
As the story unfolds it becomes a very Philip K dick story about confused timelines memory imagination and alternative realities
I have to say it didn't spark enough neurones in my brain to make me think it was clever or interesting so I would regard this one as a dud 5 out of 10

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Re: Electric Dreams

Postby satbunny » 11:52pm on 17 Nov 17

The Commuter

Timothy Spall is excellent as always.
I think this was an excellent episode of Electric Dreams.
However he made me feel awful but that's because as they say at the end of so many shows: if you've been affected by any of the issues in this programme please call this number.
I have and there was no number.

So I suggest if you're a parent be careful with this one it's very good but it makes you feel bad.

No way I can score it.



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Re: Electric Dreams

Postby satbunny » 5:23pm on 19 Nov 17

Crazy Diamond

Great cast.
Some nice topical touches (expiry dates, compulsory recycling but also forbidden to grow own crops).
Lovely Dick tropes: chimera human-animal hybrids, "bred to not take offence"; jack and jill synthetics powered by quantum computers that lead to limited lifespans; violence and perfidy; the deceitfulness of men..

Liked it, 9/10
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Re: Electric Dreams

Postby satbunny » 7:39pm on 19 Nov 17

Real Life

An exploration of dreams, reality, fantasy, madness, guilt in virtual reality.

Well acted, has a clear conclusion unlike the others, kept me guessing to the end.

9/10



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