TV Review: Electric Dreams (Season 1, Episode 4)
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If there’s one element that somewhat rescues an otherwise flat narrative and thin dialogue, it’s ‘Crazy Diamond’s star power. It’s unfortunate, because its world is packed to the brim with ideas full of wonderful potential: environmental collapse, dystopian state control, artificial consciousness, chimeric races, extensive infertility, to name but a few. It lays its themes down before delving into a neo-noir plot about the pursuit of life in the face of death’s inevitability. Decay is everywhere, and it’s what drives Jill to seek out Ed Morris’ help, portrayed by Sidse Babett Knudsen and Steve Buscemi, respectively. Jill is ‘failing’ and due for recall, but much like Blade Runner’s Roy Batty, she wants more time; enter Ed, one of the QC (quantum consciousness) farmers at the aptly named Spirit Mill. Were she to steal one of these vials, she would gain a renewed lease of life. Between them, the plan is to steal ten, to sell on the black market and set them both up to fulfil their dreams of a different life, and thus a heist and escape is planned.
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