Tuesday, August 25, 2020

What I’m Watching: Brave New World

Brave New World: Season 1, Episode 7 “Monogamy and Futility: Part 1” (C+)

I’m losing interest fast in what’s going on here, and part of that is because the main three characters aren’t interacting in a terribly enticing way anymore. Bernard continues to try to manipulate John into being his party trick despite that clearly getting old, and John’s patience is thinning as he continues to see that those around him are subservient to these manufactured levels and the behavior that’s supposed to come with that. Getting angry at the epsilons for cleaning up his mess and challenging them to step out of their station resulted in them merely imitating what he was doing without truly understanding the implications. Bernard was starting to think outside the box but now he’s using his position of power to spend time with Lenina, who’s not even enthralled enough by the idea of simulating dating to enjoy being with him. Bernard did have the upper hand in his feud with Henry when he told him he was going to see Mustafa, which itself was a mess given the way that she’s trying to deal with an experiment that’s mutated beyond her control. I now think that Helm is the most magnetic and worthwhile character, aware of what she doesn’t know and what little temptations she can give into in order to transform the world of those around her. I’m not all that enticed by the two remaining episodes but I hope that they’ll be more satisfying and worthwhile, especially since there’s still no word on a season two renewal.

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