So let’s talk about Brave New World, which is a new original series on Peacock, which is a new streaming series.
This is a series that’s adapted from Ottis Huxley’s book ” Brave New World”. And it was kind of often compared to nineteen eighty four, but the key difference between nineteen eighty four and Brave New World is that while nineteen eighty four was kind of picturing this authoritarian future where people were constantly being watched and never having any privacy.
Brave New World pictures this future where it’s a utopian society where people are kind of they stop caring about anything and simply go about their days being held captive by the pleasures that this world has to offer
They have this drug called Soma, which kind of just takes away all their feelings that are negative or any really strong emotions.
In This Kind of Society you’re supposed to participate in all these orgies as a society. And basically they’ve tried to eliminate anything that can cause people to have conflict.
The Aspects of This Adaptation
One of those aspects is individuality, and it’s an interesting world which I believe that in as much as people will find this series entertaining, I think it’s because of the concepts that were already present in Huxley’s book, and I think that there’s a remarkable pedigree here with Grant Morrison actually being one of the writers behind the scenes that is bringing this adaptation to life.
The supporting cast is good, not just the leads in Harry Lloyd and all Aaron Reich and Sybil from Downton Abbey, but the supporting actors are quite good as well, with some very, very nuanced work from several performers, with the exception of Demi Moore, who seems to be doing her best impersonation of Jessica Lange and Ryan Murphy show.
The Problems With This Show
.This is definitely a case of a show taking way too long to get to the point, it went on for nine episodes and I really feel like it could have been much better at four or five episodes, which is really, really short but I just feel that the series just went on too long.
And second, I feel that there is this tension between what Huxley was trying to say and what the writers of the show were trying to say that never got completely resolved, because I think that the writers of the show were trying to adapt his novel but they kind of create this dialectic with Huxley because they obviously don’t agree with many of the things that he was arguing.
Huxley was actually quite scandalized by the expanding sexual morality of his day, and his book was kind of a response to that in kind of a, you know, idea of what’s going to happen if this trend continues. And his assumption is that society will devolve into non-stop orgies.
And he sees this very much as a bad thing, whereas the writers of the show are kind of struggling with this tension because in their minds, obviously, many of the arguments that the characters in this utopian society make against monogamy might seem like they’re logical to these writers.
Creates this dialectic where they question, is Huxley right or would this character that old Aaron Reich is playing who shows up in this brave new world, as it were, and coming from a culture that the people in this utopian society view as savages.
And he creates disorder and chaos and ultimately a lot of violence. And the show runners seem to actively question, is Huxley right or is the society the best that we can hope for? Is individuality helpful or harmful? And it’s never really resolves itself. It’s not something that the show really has a clear answer for.
I feel that they added a lot of sci fi elements into this work without considering how it would impact Huxley’s themes. And they, at times, as I said, seem to actively disagree with what Huxley was trying to say in this book. So it creates a very, very strange dialectic.
As I said, I think that of the cast, Hereward Lloyd is easily the best performer. He’s kind of perfected these manchild petulant characters that are very, very anxious about protecting their turf. And there were scenes here and it was very obvious to me that he knew exactly who Bernard this character he was playing was.
And I really thought that he had amazing chemistry with the character that All in Erdreich was playing. And I really enjoyed their scenes together. But for the most part, I felt that Aldan Aaron Reich was kind of a dud of a lead, at least in Solo.
He kind of had this swaggering charisma that he gained from doing a Harrison Ford impersonation. But here I just feel that his character, which very obviously is not meant to be a straight up hero, I feel like this has a similar mentality about heroes that Brian Herbert does in Dune and Dune Massiah where beware of following them, beware where that will lead you.
And that’s a very interesting aspect to explore. But considering we’re spending so much time with Aldan air strikes character, we should actively care about him. And because he’s so often undercut by the script, I feel like it’s a struggle to do that. Jessica Brown, Findlay, she’s fine. I don’t think she’s an amazing actress, to be honest. I don’t think she’s anywhere near the level of the two male leads.
I think that her character is really just here to have a female lead. They don’t really do much with her for the most part. And whoever was designing her costumes did a horrible job because she’s like the only member of the cast that to me looked remarkably unattractive physically a lot of the time.
And I know that she’s a very attractive actress. So I thought a very, very strange that they couldn’t find costumes that made her look good. Overall, I found this a bit of a slog and I feel like there was way too many orgy scenes. But I think that that was the only thing that the producers could come up with to make this show entertaining, because when they’re exploring this world, there’s only so much you can do before you’ve run out of world exploration.