Parents' Guide to

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sci-fi anthology show has clever ideas, sex and violence.

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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Fine Sci Fi, Pointless Language

The show seems like a well designed “Black Mirror” analogue, only I struggle with the non stop swearing. I understand that dropping the F Bomb can be used as a tool to illicit emotional reactions in viewers, but the first episode was ridiculous. Figuratively every fifth word was f***. The use of course language can contribute to an emotional moment but this episode was so vomitous with foul language that it distracts from the plot and ruins the episode.

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Sci-fi fans who crave dramas with flying cars and spaceships, take note: Philip K. Dick's "futuristic" scenarios are potent and interesting, but carry with them an '80s vibe. Makes sense, since the noted writer died in 1982, and never lived to see many of the technological marvels we now take for granted. So modern techno-geeks prepared to be dazzled, Black Mirror-style, with out-there new ideas, may be a bit disappointed in some of this show's slightly musty setups: an android who wants to extend her artificial lifespan, a plotline about paranoia that amounts to a retread on the Cold War-era Twilight Zone episode "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street."

Still, the best thing about an anthology is that even when some episodes are a little shopworn, you can just skip past them to the gems. And there are gems here. In "The Commuter," a railway worker takes a train journey to a mysterious town where all your troubles are wiped away -- only to find upon his return that his real life has been, too. (Twilight Zone fans might note a superficial resemblance to the classic episode "A Stop at Willoughby," though this take is darker.) In "Real Life," a character becomes confused between what's real and what's virtual reality, and in "The Hood Maker," a psychic and a detective team up to capture a man with dangerous new ideas. As you can see, none of these ideas are brand-new and fresh. But for sci-fi fans, they still hold appeal -- and in the best episodes of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, they're fleshed out with unnerving intensity and artistry.

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