This series on Apple+ is top notch sci-fi. It is such a well-written show with an excellent concept. Imagine working in an office where your memory is wiped before and after you enter the workspace.
The series brings up many philosophical questions seeing that the workers have no idea about their life away from the office. They could be married, have children, or whatever. Their waking life begins with the elevator doors opening to their office and then closing behind them as they leave.
And they can never perceive anything outside of their office building. This sequence is insane, terrifying, and mind-blowing.
You have to watch the scene as though she is two different people inhabiting the same body.
But if any of you guys like good sci-fi this show is for you. I can't believe that Ben Stiller is actually directing this after all the goofy comedies he has done.
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It is really a very good show and I would very much like to discuss it with you, but at the same time I have a thing with spoilers, I think maybe put a spoiler warning on an update to the question to get this "party" started?
Too much to ask, maybe? OK.
I don't know. How can I contribute without ruining the show for anybody? 🤔
Well, you already have some details we can work with so let's go with that. I think something that might go less noticed is how this extreme Severance is a exaggeration of something all of us face: How to balance your personal and professional life.
It uses that extreme, and all those rituals we see repeated on the show, to point a light to something we are seeing more and more in most countries: the way our humanity and labour, not to mention human, rights (maybe another comment we can get into it, I'll leave Human Rights aside now) are being put further and further below profit at all costs.
What do we sacrifice for productivity? Well, Japan is not the only place where people die at their desks for those reasons. The shows is subtle but broaches it very well in one of the episodes, maybe you can remember which one it is.
Another thing it deals with is trauma. I think the choice the main character makes is one many of would like to have possible, even if we chose not to use it: for some hours not feeling the barrage of feelings and damage losing a loved one entails. Indirectly, while we're watching him go back and forth between those two-for-one brain sci-fi extravaganza we see... This is a show that deals with pain.
And finally, and this is something I caught beforehand and looked out for, the show is a bit of a detective game, since we see the whole day of the severed characters, who are isolated from those two sides. And there are many clues inside and outside the workspace that they can't process but the viewer can, for that reason.
While some would say that makes it predictable at times, it's never obvious, so I think it's another layer that stems from the great writing and directing in the show.
Hope noone throws a Spoiler Alert at me and hope it kicks off a good discussion.
Any thoughts, @RolandCuthbert?
I will get back to you. Out of town right now. Need a minute to collect my thoughts on your post.
Okay, I have to agree with you on this rub. The show definitely goes into this issue of personal vs professional life. But for me it is really about a matrix for exploitation. But in this case, the victims are willing participants. They participate in the victimization of a new entity, which is still basically part of themselves. There is no better illustration of this than when Helly's innie and outtie, meet via video. And the outtie tells her flat out, "you are not a person!".
The outtie is making all the decisions and does not care about her other "aspect", suffering inside the building. Never having any rights, never having any access to the outside and totally and completely at the mercy of the company. She doesn't care as long as she can enjoy her life, which basically consists of getting all the money from the work her other aspect does and enjoy spending it and having a life where she pursue whatever passions she wishes.
The only thing that bothers me is that it seems to suggest the old liberal idea that this is all because of a "system". And has little to do with the ambitions of the people involved.
But anyway, I agree with you a bit on the issue of Adam Scott's character. He is easy to exploit because of his issues with grief. But the amazing thing is that all of them participate at varying levels in their own exploitation.
I think the concept is what makes the show for me. Then it is backed up with great acting, great direction, and great writing. This scene was breathtaking. Denied by her own self dude!!!