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Amazon explores the sweet mystery of life with ‘Electric Dreams’

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Before we were transported to high-tech dystopia with Black Mirror, twisted sci-fi and fantasy anthologies thrived in the world of short fiction.

In 2017, Channel 4 (the erstwhile home of Black Mirror) adapted 10 short stories by Philip K. Dick into the anthology series Electric Dreams, a beautiful portrait of worlds beyond our own with a thrumming thread of humanity.

Now available on Amazon Prime, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams presents 10 episodes – 10 fully-realized worlds which depart in different measures from our own reality, but all of which center around the concept of dreams. What do our dreams say about who we are? Can anything live up to our dreams? What do we make of a dream that feels more real than life itself?

That’s what gives Electric Dreams an edge and separates it from the de facto comparison to Black Mirror (for which we apologize): Dreams are far more nebulous than technology, and therefore forgivably pliant in how the show uses them. It’s easier to accept the idiosyncrasies of human nature for inconsistency than uninvented technology as a deus ex machina.

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Each episode stands alone, but you don’t have to stress about learning the rules of each universe as you would on – um, other shows (we won’t say it). Viewers can intuit the basics; this community exists outside our existing society, this one is set in the future, this one in space, etc. It’s more imperative at any given moment to keep track of the protagonist you spend the hour with – are they happy with their job or family? What drives them to do what they do?

The protagonists themselves vary depending on the world, but most of them have grown tired of monotony. “The Father Problem” spends a riveting hour with Charlie, a young boy who discovers a sinister secret threatening his family. “Real Life” vacillates between two protagonists, Sarah (Anna Paquin) and George (Terrence Howard) who can’t shake the connection between them. Some, like “Impossible Planet,” feel like something out of another show (in this case, Doctor Who, and not just because the two shows share the episode title).

Indeed, the show’s promo image and marketing make it seem far more phantasmagorical than the reality. This isn’t a show with a sprawling mythology or characters you might need to start storing in a file. If you choose to analyze the stories further, you’ll find plenty to dissect (and make your high school English teacher proud) and a mesmerizing binge ahead.

Philip K. DIck’s Electric Dreams is now streaming on Amazon.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2018/01/15/amazon-philip-k-dick-electric-dreams/

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The clues we all missed about the big reveal in ‘Westworld’ Episode 9

Charmaine Blake

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The hats in “Westworld” were always about much more than aesthetic

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“With a show like Westworld, it’s hard to get any reveal past avid Reddit theorists and media obsessives (hi, hello — that is us.) Yet somehow, showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan managed to pull it off on Sunday’s “Vanishing Point.”

A running mystery (among the many millions) this season revolved around the Delos Corporation’s ability to accurately copy guest cognition. The answer turned out to be so obvious in hindsight, we can’t stop kicking…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/20/westworld-hat-reveal-season-2/

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The Handmaid’s Tale Revealed the Truth Behind Gilead!

Charmaine Blake

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Science: 1. Gilead: 0.

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“To watch The Handmaids Tale as a conscious member of a free society is to be keyed in to every injustice the Republic of Gilead commits against women.

Ostensibly, each of the institutionalized violations of womens rights the ban on reading, the forced marriages, the entire concept of Handmaids, and countless others stem from Gileads core purpose, which is to ensure the future of the human race in the face of a worldwide fertility crisis.

Government-approved rape and wife assignments are Gilead’s answer to a world where the wickedness of women caused millions of them to fall barren. But in Episode 9 of Season 2, the lie behind that logic is finally exposed: the worlds fertility crisis was an issue of inert sperm, not eggs. Women were never the problem.

To which I would like to say both holy shit and duh.

The holy shit part stands for my internal scream during this episode when Serena Joys itinerary for the Canada visit was outlined with pictures instead of words, out of sensitivity for Gileads anti-reading policy. This despite my refusal to accept Serena Joy as a victim in her own system.

That scream was for how entirely unfair the system of Gilead is. That unfairness only compounds with the fertility reveal. Every lynching victim…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/14/handmaids-tale-fertility-reveal/

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The British reality dating show that you need to start watching immediately

Charmaine Blake

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“At precisely 9 p.m. every night for the next three months, just as the sun is setting over the United Kingdom, Twitter comes alive.

There’s nothing in the water and we certainly can’t blame it on the weather. It’s all because of Love Island, a British reality dating show that currently has the nation transfixed. Brits are gripped by the action unfolding on their television screens, and they begin flooding Twitter with their feelings using the #LoveIsland hashtag.

So, what the hell is Love Island? Well, in a nutshell, it’s Britain’s answer to the U.S.’s Bachelor In Paradise. The only difference is that the show airs every single night for three drama-packed months.

The new season of Love Island — which began one week ago — kicked off with the arrival of 11 strangers comprising six men and five women. The women arrive first and exchange hugs with their fellow contestants. Then, as the men arrive one-by-one, the ladies step forward when they see someone they like the look of.

Much like Bachelor in Paradise, the power alternates between the male and female contestants each week. Now, if that sentence….”

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