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The Commuter 

Ed Jacobson (Timothy Spall), a train station employee, is alarmed to discover that a number of commuters are taking the train to a town that shouldn't exist. When he investigates for ... See full summary »


Tom Harper


Jack Thorne (written for television by), Philip K. Dick (based on the short story by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Spall ... Ed Jacobson
Anthony Boyle ... Sam
Rudi Dharmalingam ... Bob Paine
Rebecca Manley Rebecca Manley ... Mary
Tuppence Middleton ... Linda
Anne Reid ... Martine
Hayley Squires ... Waitress
Nicole Agada Nicole Agada ... Woman with Pushchair
Ann Akin ... Dr. Simpson
Rebecca Birch Rebecca Birch ... Engaged Woman
Tom Brooke ... Tall Man in Light Coat
Lauren Carse ... Police Officer
Brodie Jouxson ... Young Sam
Matthew Jure ... Busy Man
Naveed Khan ... Helpful Pakistani Man


Ed Jacobson (Timothy Spall), a train station employee, is alarmed to discover that a number of commuters are taking the train to a town that shouldn't exist. When he investigates for himself, he comes face to face with an alternate reality that forces him to confront his own struggles around his relationship with his wife Mary (Rebecca Manley) and his very troubled son Sam (Anthony Boyle). Written by Channel 4

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An existentialists tale
1 October 2017 | by omendataSee all my reviews

I remember reading the short story when i was a kid and finding it as confusing as this version.

PKD wrote this at a time when he was churning out short story after short story and it shows even in the first few lines of the short story describing the protagonists dull existence and the description of the people on the train which perhaps PKD felt like himself - indeed i am pretty sure it was - he was perhaps making a comment on society and how monotonous and neverending the daily grind is , how people cannot even see their own treadmill rather like the Greek mythology of Sisyphus and as i perceive it how difficult it is to break free from that reality and try something new. Even in an alternate reality which PKD was fond of expounding the protagonist could not give up his primary reality for an "improved" reality; perhaps a comment on the modern human condition and if so far ahead of his time.

Great comment also on the suburbs and how they can exist almost anywhere and no one would notice the difference which was also key to the original story and how memory and history can be easily forgotten and manipulated to achieve whatever goal is required.

Quite a good translation of the original but still rather unsatisfying as was the original story. I am sure this was at a time when PKD was bored with writing short stories and wanted to start writing novels and it shows!

But hey , maybe my perception is complete crapola and i am in my own alternate reality - it will be interesting to read others perspective on this episode as it is certainly better than the awful first episode of this series and does leave the viewer with more questions than answers and maybe just maybe makes one ask the question "just what the f*** have I actually done today"! ARE YOU A COMMUTER?

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