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Just released Amazon TV Show that is based on the short stories of the awesome Philip K. Dick (big sci-fi writer, wrote Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? or Blade Runner as it is commonly known, also A Scanner Darkly and a ton of other famous books)
Follows the same separate-episode format as Black Mirror. I only saw one episode "Real Life," and I liked it a lot. Where Black Mirror uses near-future technology and leaves the viewer with plenty to wonder about the repercussions of it, Electric Dreams doesn't stick to near-future and seems to be a bit more focused on the psychology of the characters.
That's not to say Black Mirror doesn't have great character building; I just think that ultimately, when you walk away from a Black Mirror episode, you think more about the circumstances of the story. In Electric Dreams (it seems... I only saw one ep) it is more Philip K. Dick-ish, the viewer walks away thinking about the morals more than the means.
Sounds like it's pretty hit or miss, as far as I've heard it gets better in the later half of the season
Definitely. Any minute now someone will see Amazon's Electric Dreams series and say "That's a Black Mirror ripoff, meh." Sorry to break it to you but Philip K. Dick was writing edgy, dark "Black Mirror episodes" (finger quotes) before streaming or the Internet existed.
No. I haven't. I had no idea that gun was in the game. It's on my wishlist, but I've been consumed with all the holiday sales so I haven't picked it up yet since it doesn't go on sale. I might have to get it now ....
Thanks for the heads-up about it. It reminds me to also set my calendar for Amazon's new PKD anthology TV series premiering on Jan. 22.
The first episode of the amazon prime show electric dreams, “real life”, is also all about VR
>Like these all but last season of Black Mirror wasn't as great as the previous in my opinion.
True dat. I agree.
Amazon Prime has a relatively new series called <strong>Electric Dreams</strong> , which is a sci-fi anthology series in the same vein and general premise as Black Mirror. Amazon advertises Electric Dreams as:
>Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams is a 10-episode sci-fi anthology series that journeys into unique worlds beyond imagination. Based on original short stories by the acclaimed author, each stand-alone episode features an all-star cast including: Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear and Anna Paquin, and provokes society's deepest questions about what it means to be human.
While on the topic of Philip K Dick, Amazon Prime also has <strong>Man in the High Castle</strong>. It's a historical fiction story at the beginning, but it does involve elements of sci-fi and feels like a TV series made out of a Black Mirror episode that asks "What if the Nazis and the Japanese won WWII?". It is an adaptation of the book with the same name by Philip K Dick, who was also the author behind Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? , which was adapted into Ridley Scott's Blade Runner which is cyberpunk. Black Mirror is about near-future cyberpunk-esque themes.
And if you're really looking for a fix of cyberpunk, there is Netflix's Altered Carbon. It's heavily stylized in cyberpunk visual aesthetic with a lot of neon, but it has some of the same technical elements that Black Mirror features. It's got virtual reality, brain hacking, artificial intelligences, etc.
I haven't seen this show myself, but it is on my to-watch list whenever I get to it. I've heard a lot of good things about <strong>Mr. Robot</strong> . It's about a cybersecurity specialist who is recruited by a vigilante hacktivist organization to turn on big corporations. Something like that.
There is a serious movie starring Jim Carrey movie called Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's about a man who is so distraught over his failed romance that he hires a doctor with a machine to try and erase all of his memories about his former love. It's not like any of Jim Carrey's silly roles. It isn't science fiction per say, but it feels like it could be a lighter version of a Black Mirror episode minus the feeling that you're being violated by your social media. It's a drama, not a horror or a thriller.
I've seen the original Twin Peaks show and I have to say that it's real hard to make something comparable to it because David Lynch's style is so unique. Maybe you'll like some of Wes Anderson's stuff, such as Moonlight Kingdom or The Royal Tenenbaums. These aren't science fiction, but they do have a peculiar sense of artistic awkwardness.
Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams
No the series is called Electric Dreams (wiki, Amazon) and the episode in named Autofac
> "the other"
Check out episode 10 of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams. It's basically about exactly that, but in a dark and sinister way.
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#2: Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams (2018) - "Black Mirror" style sci-fi anthology series based on the writings of Philip K. Dick (Author whose works were adapted into such films as Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, et al.). First season now available on Amazon Prime | 1 comment
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