Friday, September 18, 2020

What I’m Watching: Brave New World (Season Finale)

Brave New World: Season 1, Episode 9 “Soma Red” (B-)

This wasn’t the strong, emphatic finale I hoped it would be, but there was some very good music playing towards its end as things really began devolving. I suppose chaos was the only possible solution in a world dictated by order, and it actually quite resembled the bloody scene we saw in the second episode as the savages murdered all the visiting alphas and betas. Perhaps that’s the conclusion, that humanity can evolve and try not to remember their vices, but when shown the truth like in Plato’s cave, their inevitable recourse is violence. John already expressed displeasure that the epsilons were blindly following him, and he didn’t want them to exact their version of making everyone equal since it meant destruction and death rather than a more thought-out overhaul of the system, something that could never truly work. CJack60 had a better understanding of the bigger picture and was able to have a relatively calm conversation with Bernard where he could confront the moment when he knew he was different and what it all meant. Bernard was merely obsessed with maintaining order, assuring the panicked citizens that everything would be fine when, like always, he had no concept it would be the case. I think the most interesting arc on this show belonged to Helm, whose seemingly material activities early on in her appearances were eventually replaced by a desire to experience, and an immersion in savage culture not as a spectator but as someone desperate to feel. Lenina did end up being the strongest character by far, emphatically stomping out the device that made her one of the collective before being turned out by a reconditioned Frannie. The first two episodes of this show really intrigued me but things got a bit off-track after that. I might be okay with watching more should a season two renewal come at some point, but I don’t think it’s really necessary.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Jessica Brown Findlay as Lenina

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