January 21, 2018
Has its ups and downs, but is wonderful overall
Electric Dreams is an anthology series based on short stories written largely in the 1960s by Philip K. Dick, who is known for writing sci-fi classics such as Blade Runner, The Minority Report, and The Man in the High Castle. Each episode is a stand-alone story, like The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror. Because these episodes are based off of stories written 50-60 years ago, the only episodes that are exceptionally good are the ones that have universal themes, such as love, life, humanity, etc. Others, such as Autofac, a story about an evil, post-apocalyptic factory that is replacing humans with robots, or The Father Thing, a story about aliens taking over the bodies of humans, were probably good ideas back when they were originally written, but have not aged well into the modern world. The episodes that are set it in the distant future are set in a future that is oddly dated, which is due mostly to the fact that they were originally written so long ago. However, the ones that are good are exceptionally good. The Commuter is a story about a group of people who take a train to a town that doesn't exist, but the episode is really about love and fate. The Impossible Planet is a story about an old woman who wants to take a trip through space to Earth, which no longer exists, but the heart of the story is about love, home, etc. The Hood Maker is a story about a war between normal people and telepathic people, but it really a story about modern-day surveillance and human relationships. These three episodes, along with most of the rest of the series, are good enough to make this show a must-watch. People like to compare it to Black Mirror, but the ultimate goal of this show is different than Black Mirror's, and it is much more optimistic about humans and the future than Black Mirror is. The many diverse worlds explored in the series make for a wonderful view on humanity explored from many different perspectives. Content-wise, there is some sex, but the TV-MA rating from this series largely comes from the excessive swearing and violence (in some episodes). I think it is a must-watch.