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post Aug 30 2017, 09:56 AM
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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is a sci-fi anthology series of ten epic, ambitious and moving standalone episodes, each set in a different and unique world – some which lie in the far reaches of the universe and time and others which are much, much closer to home. While the stories may be worlds apart, central to each is the poignant and warm exploration of the importance and significance of humanity.

Each episode is inspired by one of Philip K. Dick’s renowned shorts stories and has been adapted by an exciting list of leading British and American writers and directors. The series also features an all-star roster of cast who head up this thrilling, audacious and emotional journey into the far reaches of imagination.
Channel 4 are seemingly looking to replace Black Mirror with a new sci-fi anthology series, based on the works of Phillip K. Dick. It has some MASSIVE names starring in some of the episodes including Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Terrence Howard (Empire), Timothy Spall and Vera Farmiga alongside many, many others!

Crazy Diamond
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Julia Davis, Joanna Scanlan
Written by: Tony Grisoni (The Young Pope, Red Riding, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
Directed by Marc Munden (National Treasure, Utopia)


As average a man as ever there was, when approached by a gorgeous synthetic woman with an illegal plan that could change his life completely, a smitten Ed decides to help... and then his world really begins to crumble.

The Commuter
Starring: Timothy Spall, Tuppence Middleton, Anne Reid
Written by: Jack Thorne (National Treasure, This is England, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)
Directed by Tom Harper (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders)


Ed Jacobson is an unassuming employee at a train station who is alarmed to discover that a number of daily commuters are taking the train to a town that shouldn’t exist.

Impossible Planet
Starring: Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong, Geraldine Chaplin
Written & directed by: David Farr (The Night Manager, Hanna, McMafia)


Two disillusioned, disenchanted and indifferent space tourism employees who take up an elderly woman’s request for a trip back to Earth… the existence of which is a long-debunked myth. She appears easily confused, plus she’s rich – so, for the right payment, what’s the harm in indulging her fantasies? As the journey unfolds, however, their scam begins to eat away at them and they ultimately find themselves dealt a bittersweet surprise.

Human Is
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Essie Davis, Liam Cunningham, Ruth Bradley
Written by: Jessica Mecklenburg (Huff, Stranger Things)
Directed by: Francesca Gregorini (The Truth About Emanuel, Tanner Hall)


A woman suffering in a loveless marriage finds that upon his return from battle, her emotionally abusive husband suddenly appears to be a different man - in more ways than one. This episode cuts to the heart of Philip K. Dick’s core concern - what, truly, defines us as human?

Father Thing
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jack Gore, Mireille Enos
Written & directed by: Michael Dinner (Sneaky Pete, Justified, The Wonder Years)


The world is under attack as aliens quietly invade our homes. Charlie, our young hero must make the most difficult decisions imaginable, to protect his Mother, and the human race, as he is among the first to realize that humans are being replaced by dangerous monsters.

Real Life
Starring: Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Lara Pulver, Rachelle Lefevre
Written by: Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica)
Directed by: Jeffrey Reiner (The Affair, Fargo, 12 Monkeys)


Sarah is a policewoman living in the future who shares headspace with George, a brilliant game designer, as each pursue violent killers whose plans could have shattering consequences. In a race against time, sharing a bond that no one else can see, they learn the very thing that connects them can also destroy them.

The Hood Maker
Starring: Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Anneika Rose
Written by: Matthew Graham (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes)
Directed by: Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane, Kinky Boots)


Set in a world without advanced technology and where mutant telepaths have become humanity’s only mechanism for long distance communication. But their powers have unintended implications and when the public begin to embrace mysterious, telepath-blocking hoods, two detectives with an entangled past are brought in to investigate.

Kill All Others
Starring: Mel Rodriguez, Vera Farmiga, Jason Mitchell, Glenn Morshower
Written & directed by: Dee Rees (Bessie, Pariah)


A man hangs dead from a lamppost, apparently murdered and inexplicably ignored by passersby, after a politician makes a shocking statement encouraging violence. When one man dares to question the situation he becomes an instant target.

Autofac
Starring: Juno Temple, Janelle Monae, Jay Paulson, David Lyons
Written by: Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Clash of The Titans)
Directed by: Peter Horton (Grey’s Anatomy, American Odyssey, Thirtysomething)


Despite society and the world as we know it having collapsed, a massive, automatic product-manufacturing factory continues to operate according to the principles of consumerism - humans consume products to be happy, and in order to consume continuously, they must be denied freedom of choice and free will. When a small band of rebels decide to shut down the factory, they discover they may actually be the perfect consumers after all.

Safe and Sound
Starring: Annalise Basso, Maura Tierney
Written by: Kalen Egan (The Man In The High Castle) & Travis Sentell (Believer with Reza Aslan)
Directed by: Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Terminator Genisys)


A small-town girl, already gripped with social anxiety, moves to a big futuristic city with her mother. Exposed for the first time to urban society’s emphasis on security and terrorist prevention, it isn’t long before her school days are consumed by fear and paranoia. She soon finds guidance and companionship in the most unexpected of places.

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Not really familiar with Phillip K Dick but just going by the descriptions and some of the massive names involved (in cast, writing and directing!), this looks set to be absolutely amazing! I'd seen the trailers for it for a while but I thought it was all one story but, it being an anthology series has really ignited my interest! I adore both Black Mirror and Inside No. 9, where being an anthology series really helps my enjoyment of both series. It may also be why I'm such a big fan of Doctor Who considering each episode is basically in a brand new place with brand new characters kink.gif

It really helps every episode to become an event I feel, and if there is one bad episode it doesn't matter as much because the next week will be completely different!

There are some absolutely brilliant names involved though: Bryan Cranston, Timothy Spall, Janelle Monae, Anne Reid, Liam Cunningham, Vera Farmiga, Julia Davis, Joanna Scanlon to name just a few that I'm more familiar with! The writing and directing team also come from some amazing shows and films, Jack Thorne in particular is a really exciting name!
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Starts this Sunday at 9pm! Got it set to record smile.gif
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Been intrigued by this for a while! Really hope it can live up to the hype!
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Looks pretty great and there's been a gap in my weekly sci-fi/dystopia viewing that I hope this can fill. Thought on first glance it was yet another interpretation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep but I'm actually not as familiar with the sources for these, which makes it all the better.
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The first episode was ok I guess, nothing amazing or special, felt like something that’s been done many times before, but I’m holding out hope for the next few eps, I keep remembering that The National Anthem was the first episode of Black Mirror so there is definitely a chance for improvement!
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Personally I thought that first episode was deathly dull
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Don't say that, I'm just about to watch it and was excited to do so! laugh.gif
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Yeah, that maybe was a slightly less interesting opener. Didn't feel like I knew the world enough to care about the story and ending on a cliffhanger is a bit off, I hope they're not all ending like that.

The good thing though is that of course every episode should be completely different and, as has been said, The National Anthem, isn't the best representative of Black Mirror. I still look forward to the remaining episodes!
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If anyone would like to explain the ending to Impossible Planet, I would very much appreciate it because idk the f*** what went on.

I hope these things aren't all going to be ambiguous like the first two have sided towards. Both episodes have had lots of potential in the story but it has been quite poorly executed I feel.
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So I've caught up on this and am not really sure whether I like the show or not. The concepts are intriguing and I'll find myself watching it next week but I've found all three episodes a bit boring so far with each feeling dissatisfying by the end.
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I'm on the same wavelength as Dandy, seen the first 2 episodes and I thought they were dull, the second episode was a tad better though. I have yet to see episode 3, but for some reason I just can't be bothered with it.
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I definitely agree, the concepts are really great, although something we've normally seen before in a different variation. However, the execution isn't entirely brilliant which is disappointing considering the high profile writers/directors that they've got. They haven't really drawn me into the world of the episode in the same way that I do when I watch a Black Mirror episode which means I don't really care about the ending, and, even then, the endings have all been quite poor and ambiguous.

The Commuter was the best of the three and the most interesting but still far from perfect.
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That was the worst one so far. Really bored me. May not bother from here on in...
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I've gave up.

I found something else to watch at the same time... The Gifted on a Sunday on Fox
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I still haven’t watched last week’s so close to giving up, just the star cast continues to have me intrugued! Particularly want to see Bryan Cranston!
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Episodes 2 and 3 I would go as far to say I enjoyed.

Episodes 1 and 4 had me turning over within about 10 minutes.

Hoping tonight's effort is an improvement and more in line with the two good'uns!
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