From: Lamezia Terme (Italy)
Brave New World (Sky)
I read the book 40 odd years ago as part of my English Literature course. Can't remember much of it, but recall enough to make some sense of this series, which is based on the book (from what I can recall and saw, I suspect its only loosely based on the book).
I thought it was entertaining in places - and after two episodes I thought it was going to be special. But it kind of lost its way really, which was a shame. I don't think there was enough (any?) real explanation of the world they are living in - if one hadn't read the book I think it wouldn't make much sense.
The overall series lacked any real depth (the story centred on three key characters) but there was no real sense of who was directing this highly controlled society from above - there was no real sense of menace. And, a bit like Westworld I got the feeling the writers were more intent on patting themselves on the back about how clever they were being, than on actually explaining to the audience what was going on.
The ending clearly left open for a second series though don't know if that is planned.
I read the book quite recently, actually. While one could not expect for all of its contents to be translated on modern television (6 years old male and female kids living naked in promiscuity so to shed any inhibitions re: sex from the earliest age!!) I hoped that this show could at least become his own thing.
Well, it found the overall effort disappointing. At the beginning you can't even tell what the character in this scene (Lenina) is possibly doing if you haven't read the book. The first two or three episodes, however, were exciting and interesting, but then the middle act sagged and the ending was very confusing. All the nuances of the book were ditched and the plot became predictable.
Edit: I could even say that "Equilibrium", the 2002 movie with Christian Bale, incorporated more themes from Brave New World than this show (amid adrenalinic action scenes, BTW). Pity, because the book is very relevant today. Huxley himself said that its themes were still not a worry in 1931, when it was published, but they would have become more and more relevant in the future - and I think that he nailed it.
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