pessimism, hope for the future; A chance to escape by plugging into a world full of dangers and twists in the amazing parallel world; A real-world disaster from the game. If you’ve heard this before, stop me.
Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are back as executive producers of Amazon’s “The Peripheral,” fresh off the fourth season of HBO’s “Westworld.” The drama, created by Scott Smith, tells the story of Flynn Fisher (Chloe Grace Morse), a whitewash of hope and spirit in close-knit North Carolina. Flynn needs a pharmaceutical to help her sick mother; On her quest, she helps her brother (Jack Raynor) by experimenting with a fantasy world that feels fantastic. In the year She finds herself in 2099 London, in a body she controls as a “local” force, guided by a benevolent new friend (Gary Carr) and facing off against a powerful villain (the very strong Tinia Miller). Before long, Flynn is in real danger, with millions of dollars on the line in the real world.
The series, based on the novels of cyberpunk pioneer William Gibson, boasts expertly directed action that easily breaks through at its most thrilling moments. No matter how good the chase scenes are, we need a break as the individual loads pass the hour mark. This emphasis on keeping the audience on the hook doesn’t make sense; Despite how much time we spend with her and the efforts Moretz makes, Flynn is more than archetype. Raynor, with a more Southern accent, fares a little better, though both Carr and Miller, denizens of the virtual world, get extra notes to play, suggesting how much more interested he is in the reality of Flynn’s existence when this scene is pulled.
Incessantly, there seems to be a matter of taste here, a show that takes a lot of effort and money to impress us. The way this series sets itself apart from others is by going forward with similar stories or highlighting the ways in which we don’t fixate on Flynn’s terrible life. When a mercenary drives away after seeing an enemy’s arm explode, the violence is often terrifying. The victim is unable to move but is seen pleading with fear. I doubt I’d ever meet anyone who thinks this is an effective story, as I’d be a fool to find a sixth-grade title for “Be Crazy and Resentful” more than a juvenile posting.
The wish here seems to be to rub our faces in the brutality of where humanity is headed. That’s one of the frustrations of “Westworld,” a once-on-the-edges case of artificial intelligence that has lost its soul and nerve, as time goes on. The moment I felt most connected to Flynn, crossing two realities, was the scene where she barely registered as a character, in virtual-reality, about her future and receiving a prophecy for humanity. This is bad news, every possible stroke, so many mind boggles; Like the rest of “The Peripheral,” it exists as information rather than narrative. And it’s defined by a technically mind-blowing shape-shifting orb that comes up with smoke that hides everything. Flynn said, “Stop! I knew exactly how she felt.
“The Peripheral” premieres its first two episodes on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, Oct. 21, with new episodes to follow each week.