‘The Suburbs, Worlds of Flynne’ on Amazon Prime – Not-So-Virtual Reality

“The Periphery, Worlds of Flynne”, a new science fiction series that will be revealed from October 21 on Amazon Prime, takes us on the trail of young Flynne transported from the near future to a post-apocalyptic future by using a virtual reality game. Two universes and two timelines that aren’t supposed to meet, and yet…

In the year 2032, in a homeland of deep America, Flynne Fisher (Chloe Grace Moretz), an employee of a small 3D printing shop, juggles between an ailing mother and Burton (Jack Reynor), a brother who was a former Marine. The future prospects of Flynne are not really encouraging, she nevertheless has serious potential as a gamer. His life takes an unexpected turn when Burton asks him to take his place in a new game that an unknown Colombian company offers him to test in exchange for a large sum of money.

The game in question thrusts Flynne into a London stripped of its inhabitants, where technology has taken over. She finds herself in a device, a body in all respects similar to her own, with sensations and emotions that are nothing but virtual. 70 years separate her universe and that of the game, and yet, the young woman realizes that the two worlds are closely connected. During her virtual mission, Flynne is tasked with stealing a secret held within the walls of a research institute. But the sensitive information in Flynne’s possession fuels jealousy and puts her and her family in danger. Because more than a simulation, it is really in the future that she evolves together with Wilf Netherton (Gary Carr), a man who might be able to clear up a lot of gray areas.

Behind the series hides a team whose facts we already know. Jonathan Nolan AND Lisa Joythe creators of HBO’s Westworld serve as executive producers together Scott B. Smith, the show’s creator, author and host. Based on the novel “Peripherial” by William GibsonAn emblematic figure of cyberpunk, Periphery, Flynne’s Worlds falls squarely into this genre, embedding its dystopian narrative in both the near and far future, where technology and artificial intelligence evolve into a post universe. – apocalyptic.

'The Suburbs, Worlds of Flynne' on Amazon Prime - Not-So-Virtual Reality

Chloë Grace Moretz in “Peripherals, the worlds of Flynne”
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True to the stories Gibson, the series narrates a complex dystopia with many temporal round-trips, which may leave some viewers on the way, but which, over the course of the episodes, piece by piece, reveals its secrets. Two temporalities co-exist, and in each of them new twists that allow the puzzle to be reconstructed. But be patient, it takes a few episodes for the story to really find its rhythm and understand this interweaving of stories.

In addition, “The Suburbs, Flynne’s Worlds” unfolds a pure realization. The various special effects that immerse us in a futuristic London are convincing. The script, like the writings of William Gibsonis demanding, and the dehumanization brought about by the acquisition of technology does not hinder the empathy that can be developed for the characters, proof that Scott B. Smith’s writing achieves its goal.

Beautifully carried by the American actress Chloe Grace Moretz, the 8 episodes feature a cast of protagonists whose past follows their actions. Starting with Wilf embodied by Gary Carrbut also Burton, Flynne’s brother played by Jack Reynor seen in the film Golden Aster “Midsommar” (2019), or the latter’s friend, Connor (Eli Gore), war invalids. An exciting cast in the service of a sci-fi series that has many assets.

4/5 ★

Suburbs, Worlds of Flynne is available on October 21, 2022 at Amazon Prime.


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