Dystopian Sci Fi Series Brave New World Fails to Live Up to its Name

Sommerleigh Pollonais – Senior Writer

Brave New World doesn’t feel brave or new. It’s more like a child playing at being at an adult, strutting around in grown up clothes but never fooling anyone.

Adapted from the novel by Aldous Huxley, the series tells the story of a dystopian world where everyone is bio-engineered at birth to fulfill specific roles in a society where privacy, monogamy and passionate emotions are not allowed. The fly in the ointment is the introduction of John (Alden Ehrenreich from Solo: A Star Wars Story) who is considered a Savage because he was born outside of this world.

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LADY 1: Those are some nice looking genes. LADY 2: Meh. I’ve seen better. (Photo by: Steve Schofield/Peacock)

All the ingredients are there. The series looks polished and the social and moral implications of living in such a world are touched upon. But this series, like the drugged-up members of its society, is an emotionless exercise in tedium. Watching it felt like I was running uphill with a backpack full of dumbbells. And the only reason I stuck with it is I don’t like to start something and not finish it. The novel the show is based off of was written in 1931. I’ve never read it, but I’ll assume it was a product of its time. And I get the feeling keeping the tone of the source material and trying to fit it into the 21st century may have been where the creators stumbled with this one.

I kept hoping the series would deliver on its premise as the first few episodes, especially the ones where they visited the Savage Lands, were strong. But everything else is a bore, and for a show that includes endless orgies and people hooking up left right and center, that should tell you everything you need to know about this Bland New World.

Rating: 4.5 out of 10

For a much better dystopian Sci Fi series check out my look at Snowpiercer here.

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