We binged this show over the weekend. What a powerful and brilliantly executed season. I loved the setting, the costumes, the vernacular, the technology (or lack thereof), the intriguing downfall, how background information is doled out in small doses episode to episode. It’s so disorienting when you start with a regular couple driving around in an old Volvo to … this. How is that possible? They go into it all in a satisfying manner. There’s so much to explore and learn about the world that every new piece is fascinating and horrifying. I love that they keep the story highly personal and don’t make it a grand tale of June bringing down the whole society or something. She does what she can to stay sane and to hopefully make a small difference.
The thing that I kept wondering was, where are the teenagers and the olds? It’s like everyone in the city was either a child (5-8) or in their 20s-50s. Unless I missed something it should have been addressed. If fertility was such an emergency I would guarantee there would be a lot of more horrible actions with the youngest girls able to bear children.
There’s a lot of talk about how watching this show draws parallels to our current US political climate. Obviously the story is a stylized work of fiction but what strikes me in the story is how quickly people can become accustomed to a new normal, one that could be horribly unjust. It’s on all of us to stay informed and speak out loudly against any bullshit sooner rather than later. Our actions as well as our inactions can change the course of things.
Before this I watched through the second season of Underground which is another phenomenal show with a small audience about the underground railroad. It’s really interesting comparing the differences/similarities between the past and to this dystopian future.
I hope they have a good plan for the show because I can see it dragging out for too long. I wouldn’t want this to continue for more than a few seasons at most. Still as it stand it’s an extremely well made series that’s very powerful. There are some seriously disturbing scenes that just convey a relentless sense of hopelessness and dread.