Unanswered questions about Real Life

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams Episode 1

I went into the first episode of Real Life (watch here) with high expectations, these expectations were never met, but in this article I'll explain episode 1 of Real Life and share spoilers!

Spoiler Alert - Spoilers Ahead! 

The episode follows Sarah, Anna Paquin, as a futuristic, lesbian super cop with PTSD and George, Terrence Howard, a technology CEO, widower searching for his wife’s murderer. The premise is that Sarah wants to escape the harsh reality of her life and go on a virtual reality vacation. She goes on this ‘vacation’ and wakes up as George. George lives a tortured existence, being unable to find his wife’s murderer and is masquerading as 2012’s Batman.

Sarah keeps going back into the virtual reality ‘vacation’ and ultimately chooses to stay in George’s reality sacrificing her own. This lead me to some difficulties, Sarah lives in a teenager’s wet dream, she has a flying car, a hot lesbian wife and is a super cop. She says her life is too perfect, despite seeing many of her co-workers savagely gunned down.

George’s tortured existence becomes more real to her and she chooses to stay in his reality. There were many amazing themes posed during the episode, what brings a person happiness, the effects of PTSD, what is reality and absolutely none of these questions were properly explored. They were posed and abandoned. Much how I felt after watching this episode. Where as The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror you walk away from an episode full of discomfort or questions about life- I walked away from Real Life wondering what exactly happened instead of why.

I didn’t enjoy or buy into Anna Paquin’s portrayal of Sarah, her facial expression didn’t change throughout the episode. She had an orgasm, flat expression, she talks about her co-workers dying, flat face, she goes after their killer, same flat face. This episode upset me, but for all the wrong reasons.

Notes:  This was the premier episode of Amazon Prime’s sci-fi anthology series. Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad fame) and sci-fi legend Ronald Moore produced the episode and Terrence Howard and Anna Paquin starred in the episode. 

Bio: Emma Beazley is a pickle hating, caffeine addicted super mom who spends her weekdays playing paralegal and her weeknights absorbed in science fiction/fantasy and horror. Whether tv shows/movies or books she doesn’t discriminate. Her weekends are spent chasing waterfalls, exploring abandoned houses, cooking eleven-teen meals a day and on her newest sci-fi obsession.


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