Despite its strong ties to dystopian and science fiction storytelling, the absorbing this action-drama rseries arely relies on the cliches that typically define those genres. Like so many series that unfold among the stars, Raised by Wolves contains a central conflict, but it's no clear-cut, good-versus-evil squabble settled by swaggering space cowboys or epic space battles. A barely-surviving population of human, God-fearing refugees are at war with advanced, atheist androids, but the focus is on the children who'll shape the future. The layered, sometimes complex, narrative -- supported by strong characterizations of androids possessing both robotic and human traits -- explores both the unconventional relationship between the children and their A.I. guardians, as well as the ramifications of swaying young minds against religion.
It can be a heady, often trippy watch, one that frequently surprises, occasionally confuses, and always leaves you pondering its more bizarre narrative beats long after each episodes' credits roll. And, while it weaves one of the most imaginative yarns the genre's seen in years, it's not without its share of thrills and palate-cleansing action. When not caring for her human charges, female android, Mother, might perform amateur surgery on her partner or reduce her adversaries to literal bloody ribbons. Raised by Wolves might be light on traditional action, but it's not shy about churning stomachs when it does let loose. If you're in the mood for a cerebral, futuristic tale that steers clear of formulaic, familiar territory, while also serving up a side of gore that could make a slasher flick blush, Raised by Wolves just might provide your next sci-fi fix.