Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

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    This looks promising. Ronald D. Moore plus Bryan Cranston? Count me in. And it starts this weekend. [LINK]

    Philip K Dick’s short stories will come to life in a new 10-part TV series from Channel 4, Sony and Amazon entitled Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams. “This is an electric dream come true,” said showrunner Bryan Cranston in an early press release. “We are so thrilled to be able to explore and expand upon the evergreen themes found in the incredible work of this literary master.”

    This sci-fi master’s dystopian visions seem far from a dream, however, and in a preview screening we witnessed alternative futures where feared telepaths incited riots (episode one; The Hood Maker) and porcine beings and humans share a crumbling world where souls are engineered in test tubes (Crazy Diamond). Other stories in the anthology touch on VR, body snatchers, space travellers, sanctioned violence, sinister factories and paranoid societies. Perhaps it’s a sign of our troubled times that Dick’s work remains hugely popular? “His stories inspired a lot of us since childhood,” co-producer and writer Ron Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica) told us. “If you like sci-fi you can’t help but like Philip K Dick… He took a lot of mad things and threw them onto the page!”

    Amazon will carry it over here; when they’ll do so is a good question. Dropping each one day-and-date with the UK airings would be the smartest possible move.

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    I watched them on Amazon Prime. They were entertaining, for the most part. Not nearly as interesting as Black Mirror episodes. The “Crazy Diamond” episode with Steve Buscemi pissed me off. Too much nihilism and betrayals for my taste. I was expecting more sense of wonder from the shows. I think I was being naive forgetting what Dick is all about. At the very least I expected at least a couple shows where you doubted which was real. That’s a hallmark of Philip K. Dick’s work, at least in his later years. Haven’t seen too much of that yet.

    The show has a builtin limitation: must be based on Dick short stories. Since much of it was written in the 50’s and 60’s so the show writers will have to do a lot of re-engineering the settings and plots to make it compelling for a modern audience. So far they’ve done a good job.

    I don’t see anything that mentions whether or not it was greenlit for a second season.

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