TV Review: Electric Dreams (Season 1, Episode 6)
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After a week’s break, Electric Dreams picks it back up with its sixth instalment, posing a question fundamental to science fiction and crucially, to Philip K Dick’s work: what does it mean to be human? Therefore aptly titled, ‘Human Is’ stars Bryan Cranston and Essie Davis as husband and wife in this highly-hyped episode. This is one for the purists, for this episode is thus far the most faithful to PKD’s original source material, retelling the story of a collapsing marriage revitalised by an unforeseen event. Set on Terra (previously Earth) in the year 2520, we’re introduced to a dying world struggling to keep its air breathable. Silas, a highly decorated military officer, and his team are sent to pillage the nearby inhabited planet Rexor IV of Hydron, a component they need to ensure their survival. It’s not the resource battle against aliens that provides the intrigue however; when Silas returns to his wife, his cold demeanour and emotional abusiveness towards his wife, Vera, gives way to kindness, attentiveness, and support.
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