Electric Dreams (2017– )
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Autofac 

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 credited cast:
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar Dorsey ... Community Folks
Lisa Johnson ... Civil Servant
Teiona Mallett Teiona Mallett ... Non-Dex
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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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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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Autofac
8 March 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Autofac examines consumerism in a post apocalyptic society as a band of people decide to rebel against this when society is unable to function properly.

The characters are rather dull and vapid, even cliched. Then it turns out that this episode is examining themes that Philip K Dick explored in his writings. The nature of memory, dreams and what it is to be human. Some of the visual imagery reminded me of Steven Spielberg's AI, which also dealt with similar themes.

Of course the story works better when the twist is revealed later on in the episode, which also explains why some of the characters behave as they do.


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