TV Review: Electric Dreams (Season 1, Episode 3)
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It’s been clear that until now, Electric Dreams had been struggling to find its voice, fighting to get out from under Black Mirror’s shadow. As a result, the first two instalments relied heavily on the visual style that makes Philip K Dick’s adaptations so recognisably unique and appealing, thus losing some of the essence of what can make science fiction great. The setting for ‘The Commuter’ was the most banal and perhaps unexpected of locations: Woking station. Ed Jacobson, portrayed superbly by Timothy Spall, seems trapped, with a dead-end job as a station worker on one hand, and an unhappy home life on the other. In particular, he struggles with his son Sam, who appears to be falling to increasingly violent, psychotic episodes. It’s in the midst of this that Ed is approached by a mysterious young woman, played by Tuppence Middleton, who requests a ticket to the non-existent town of Macon Heights. Eventually, ceding to curiosity, Ed takes the train and discovers this utopian town in which all ills evaporate, his included; for when he returns home, his son’s existence has been erased.
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