Electric Dreams (2017– )
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Society and the world as we know it has collapsed. A massive, automatic factory operates according to the principles of consumerism; humans consume to be happy, and in order to consume ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Horton

Writers:

Travis Beacham, Philip K. Dick (based on the short stories by)
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Episode cast overview:
Juno Temple ... Emily Zabriskie
Janelle Monáe ... Alice
David Lyons ... Conrad Morrison
Nick Eversman ... Avishai Hahn
Jay Paulson ... Reverend Perine
Maximiliano Hernández ... Lewis
Rebecca Jordan ... Susan
Roberto Mantica ... Garret
Desmond Laurent Desmond Laurent ... The Watchmen
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Society and the world as we know it has collapsed. A massive, automatic factory operates according to the principles of consumerism; humans consume 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. Written by Channel 4

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Sci-Fi

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TV-MA

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Plainfield, Illinois, USA See more »

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Judging from the door handle on the black sedan at the nuclear explosion scene, it is a Tesla Model S. See more »

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In addition to the missile strike being inaccurate, the war head would have been detonated above the city to do the most damage. It would not have crashed into the center of the city, and then detonated. See more »

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PKD Electric Dreams Main Title
Written by Harry David Gregson-Williams
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Entertaining but makes little sense
3 July 2018 | by imdb2-5See all my reviews

So let me get this straight... the factory keeps pumping out product that isn't needed because of... consumerism? This sounds like a plot taken out of a children's story book, where it's all about creating a situation and sense need not enter the equation. In the adult world if there is no demand then supply ceases. There is no point and the effort is wasted. But it goes on here because... it's the machine. The bad machines.

The acting is good. Parts of this episode flow pretty nicely. The effects are sufficiently convincing. But even the last third feels like something is wrong. It begins halfway through when the move to the latter half of the episode feels to easy - there is clearly a need to make the variables go in a certain direction to reach a predetermined conclusion. I guess the autofac and the players were just pretty dumb. You'll understand when you see it.

I think it's a wasted opportunity - much of Electric Dreams feels this way. It's as if they didn't prioritize how much sense and plausibility existed in a script and they just ran with it the way they wanted. This is a very poor man's black mirror. I'd have to say that even the poorer episodes are still much tighter than this, and this episode was the highest rated here.


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