TV Review: Electric Dreams (Season 1 Episode 2)
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It’s another week, and another vastly different take on the science fiction genre, as Electric Dreams continues. This week's instalment is ‘Impossible Planet’, adapted from Philip K. Dick’s 11-page short story by David Farr, who’d previously converted Le Carré’s The Night Manager to television. This episode, unfortunately, never quite stacks up to Farr’s better work, nor to last week’s ‘The Hood Maker’. The last episode marked a bleak introduction to the anthology, both visually and thematically. Therefore, in a way, it’s understandable that the showrunners would desire to dispel the idea that all instalments would be equally miserable. Where there were good intentions however, the result of this episode is a campy sci-fi that is a far cry from prior beloved K. Dick adaptations. This week's episode follows Irma, a 342-year-old deaf woman who, at last, is coming to the end of her life. She offers two cruise-ship operators a significant sum to take her to Earth, unaware that the planet was destroyed years ago. Nevertheless, Andrews and Norton decide to take her to a similar planet instead in order to pocket the payment. Though it recovers the futuristic neon glow that made Blade Runner such a visual masterpiece, the setting fails to also bring with it the grit and nightmarish quality that make his work premonitory and cautioning.
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