Finished the season. I am very impressed; I never expected so much of the book’s sensibility to make it to the screen. This is, after A Scanner Darkly, the closest thing to actual PKD Hollywood has ever produced.
There are nitpicks. Robert Childan and Mr. Tagomi were the heart of the book and they both were somewhat backburnered here. Childan doesn’t get his full character arc, but at least Mr. Tagomi gets his big moment. Apart from Sewell’s big set piece early on (which is excellent), the action/people-chasing-each-other-with-guns scenes were not very interesting, and they could easily have done with less of them. The characters with the most screen time often act like dolts for the sake of padding out screen time. And a certain character is too shallowly written for the conclusion of their character arc to really be justified.
But how great everything else is! The production design was wonderful … I cracked up at “Ranger Reich” magazine, and when “The End of the World” started to play (especially after playing Fallout.) The V-A Day episode was perfectly written and acted. And Sewell deserves an Emmy.
That it does. Though for people who haven’t gotten to the end, I will quote someone from early on in the show and say, “If you’re looking for [explicit answers] that’s not gonna happen.” This is not a figure-out-the-plot-twist kind of show.