and Ben Stiller
have created a dystopia that hits a little too close to home.Severance
Season 1 Episode 1 is so bleak and despairing it sometimes feels masochistic to keep watching.
It’s clear that Severance
has many fictional influences -- 1984, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
, Black Mirror
, The Twilight Zone
, The Office
, and Office Space
all spring to mind -- but the most devastating thing about it is how real it feels.
Adam Scott and Ben Stiller are two big names in comedy. Severance
is not a comedy but a dramatic, slow-burning thriller. Episode 1 is a meditative, existential buzzkill. Moments of humor exist, but they are quickly quashed.
The show is expertly crafted, mind you. Every shot is deliberate, crisp, and polished. It knows exactly what it wants to be, esthetically.
The fluorescent lights, white walls, forest green, ocean blue, and natural wood palette evoke an artificial