Syfy's new series, from producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, envisions a future controlled by corporations. Is it worth your time?
From executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and creators David and Alex Pastor (Self/less), comes a new dystopian sci-fi series set in a future world where, thanks to the disastrous effects of climate change, multinational corporations control 90 percent of globe.
It's an interesting, foreboding premise, for sure, but -- based on the pilot episode, "Vertical Mobility" -- not one that can stand entirely on its own. There are a ton of borrowed elements here, from the stories (and cinematic adaptations) of Philip K. Dick to movies like Gattaca, RoboCop, and Elysium, to certain episodes of Black Mirror to... well, just about any maladjusted premonition of society that involves cold corporate cruelty and a massive gap between the rich and poor.