At a time when you can show just about anything on TV, Brave New World, the greatest new drama that premieres in the all-new Peacock streaming service, is still surprising. It's all orgies – the show just has so many of them. The volume and length of Orgie's scenes in Brave New World are totally unexpected for any show – let alone one based on a 1932 novel before they invented sex – but Brave New World plays in like Aldous Huxley's novel in a world where absolutely everything is cold as long as you pound pills. You may need some for yourself if you want to make it to the end.
First, the biggest problem: you have seen it all before. Brave New World is one of the basic texts of dystopian science fiction and as such has been repeated countless times as a homage. The minimal vision of the future, in which much of our social grievances will be resolved at the expense of free will and expression, is stale upon arrival. The way Brave New World adds texture to this familiar vision – in elaborate sets, interesting costumes and yes, the orgies – is sheer and good enough to grab your attention but not hold it.
Brave New World mostly takes place in New London, a city where everyone is happy all the time. The fact that they are only happy because everyone is genetically bred in a strict caste system and banished from their thoughts is irrelevant. They are trained and conditioned to take a medication called soma to keep their "levels" constant, and everyone seems to be mostly cold with it by clicking on their pen-like donors at regular intervals while interacting with each other.
As with any dystopia, there is putrefaction, small cracks that grow into cracks and cause tectonic shifts. The first is Lenina Crowne (Jessica Brown Findlay), who is in a sexual relationship threatening to become monogamous. That's forbidden in New London – monogamy is a selfish act that deprives your citizens of your body (any sex in New London is casual sex, the term virginity or salvation for one person is ridiculed). Then there's Bernard Marx (Harry Lloyd), a middle management guy who makes New London run smoothly. Although he's very happy with the New London lifestyle, he doesn't quite fit in with it.
Together they make a trip to America that has been reduced to a theme park-style world where well-heeled New Londoners can see how “Savages” (language that comes straight from the book and is hardly taken into account in its new context) ) Life . It's like a zoo, only that the carnival-style animals are exaggerated like poor white workers. Lenina and Bernard's journey goes wrong and the two return to New London with John (Alden Ehrenreich), who worked in the park and has nowhere else to go.
Capitalism has just gotten bigger
John's arrival in New London turns it upside down. He is the personified individual, the person who absolutely loves everything New London has avoided: raw emotions, contempt for the soma and the rigid social categories to which the city adheres, and yes, monogamy if the right person comes along.
Summarizing more of the action feels red; You know where that leads. Brave New World is a different story of the individual versus the collective, and the only real surprise is where the show's sympathy might ultimately lie. There are some things that are unexpected as the show approaches its end, but since most of its characters fall flat, there is little reason to invest in some of the broader implications found in the back half of the series .
This is the worst thing about Brave New World. It's never a terribly convincing argument why Huxley's vision of a population under the spell of their own optimization is relevant today, long after most of Huxley's ideas seem to be confirmed. It is a story that deals with the corrupting influence of capitalism, how its magnitude and greed would lead us to a homogeneity that does not end with the products we buy, but with the way we are governed and how we feel. The Peacock show emphasizes sex in a way that seems to tarnish its metaphor – it is both a different form of playful stimulus used to keep people docile and the possibility of the "social." Body ”is corrupted and individual desires are lost.
The Brave New World sounds just as wrong as her novel now: Capitalism has just got bigger and more inhumane. Misery is what we have optimized and produced on a large scale. Indignation drives us and if there is a soma we probably cannot afford it.