Monday, August 10, 2020

What I’m Watching: Brave New World

Brave New World: Season 1, Episode 5 “Firefall” (B+)

Now we’re getting somewhere. I’ve compared this show previously to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and I think that the click of the soma dispenser is just like the indistinct chatter always heard on the radios on that show. It was mesmerizing to see Lenina charged to do more than just explore monogamy and instead challenge everything she knows, winning a match by refusing to pop more sedatives and encouraging Frannie to do the same. Trying to dominate Henry was an interesting exercise, one he didn’t like at all since, like Bernard, he’s all about the logic of everything and the systems being the way they currently are. John is moving past just shaking his dead disapprovingly and refusing to acclimate to his new surroundings and instead taking, which is creating some very intriguing results. He easily identified the classification of each of the people Bernard tested him on, and then upended each situation he found himself in by expressing his casual attitude rather than the more polished behavior expected by Bernard and everyone else. Bernard couldn’t really comprehend why he shouldn’t just take Henry’s condescension, and the notion that he would have to teach him how to throw a punch was entertaining. Even after he landed one, Bernard still didn’t become the hero John thought he would because that’s not how this society works. He can influence it one person at a time but won’t achieve wider change on a general level on his own. Mustafa is also involved in her own game, and there continues to be plenty to unpack in this bizarre world.

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