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The Im­pos­si­ble Planet Ep 2

Set in a gaudy tech­ni­colour fu­ture where space has been colonised for mil­len­nia, two bored and dis­il­lu­sioned em­ploy­ees of an in­ter­stel­lar tourism company – Brian (Jack Reynor) and Ed (Bene­dict Wong) – de­cide to scam an el­derly lady af­ter she tries to book a trip back to Earth, which is now be­lieved to be a myth, rather than an ac­tual place. They find a suit­ably Earth-like planet and head off with the lady and her ro­botic ser­vant in tow. But, as their trip pro­gresses, their plan be­gins to eat away at them, cul­mi­nat­ing in a bit­ter­sweet twist that you won’t see com­ing.

The Com­muter Ep 3

One of the great things about PKD’S work was the way that he not only imag­ined elab­o­rate fu­tures full of space­craft, ro­bots and time travel, but also al­ter­nate re­al­i­ties that could be just as mun­dane as our own, though with sub­tle yet un­nerv­ing dif­fer­ences – like the world that this story is set in. The great Ti­mothy Spall plays a sta­tion man­ager who is dis­turbed to dis­cover that a num­ber of pas­sen­gers are mak­ing a daily com­mute to a town that does not ex­ist. He takes it upon him­self to in­ves­ti­gate, and from there on in, things start to get weird.

Real Life Ep 4

Shift­ing tone again, this episode is a fast-paced thriller, star­ring True Blood’s Anna Paquin and Em­pire’s Ter­rence Howard. Set some­time in the fu­ture, Paquin plays Sarah, a cop whose mind is some­how in­ter­locked with Ge­orge (Howard), a bril­liant game de­signer. Both of them are pur­su­ing vi­o­lent killers whose plans have Earthshat­ter­ing con­se­quences, and as the clock runs down, they both re­alise that the bond they share could end up de­stroy­ing them. There are twists aplenty and, as a bonus treat, it also stars Lara Pul­ver, who you’ll recog­nise as Irene Adler from Sher­lock.

Crazy Di­a­mond Ep 5

Steve Buscemi plays Ed Mor­ris – a deeply or­di­nary man, who meets a beau­ti­ful syn­thetic woman (PKD was ob­sessed by an­droids and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence), played by Bor­gen’s Sidse Ba­bett Knud­sen. She makes him a highly il­le­gal propo­si­tion that in­vari­ably leads to his life – not to men­tion that of his long-suf­fer­ing wife (Ju­lia Davis) – be­com­ing dis­tinctly weird and un­or­di­nary very quickly. In sharp con­trast to The Hood Maker, this is less of a thriller, and more of a (very) dark com­edy, but there’s still enough go­ing on to leave you feel­ing pleas­antly baf­fled and a lit­tle bit dis­turbed.

Hu­man Is Ep 6

This final episode of the run stars the ace Bryan Cranston (of Break­ing Bad fame, who’s also a pro­ducer of the se­ries) as an emo­tion­ally abu­sive sol­dier who raises his wife’s sus­pi­cions af­ter he re­turns from bat­tle a seem­ingly dif­fer­ent man. The crux of the story is an­other re­cur­ring fas­ci­na­tion of PKD’S: what does it mean to be hu­man? The suc­cess of shows such as The Hand­maid’s Tale and

Black Mir­ror have proved there’s an ap­petite for high­con­cept sub­ject mat­ter that is well acted, and we’re look­ing for­ward to the sec­ond batch next year.

“I, er, like what you’ve done with the place”

“Look at me, don’t look at the room…”

“Yeah, I feel like this jacket is a lit­tle young for me”

South­west Trains are crap in what­ever re­al­ity you in­habit

Dystopian Gar­den­ers’ World: bleak

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