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More Violence Porn
Some interesting ideas, but tone, style and narrative arcs all over the place. Most disturbingly, it continues the recent Squid Game trend of glorifying violence under the guise of repudiating it.
Good story, with a caveat.
Did a pretty good job explaining and using Bitcoin as a plot point up until the end, where it tried to get a bit preachy about gold and currency vs. Crypto, thereby 100% bungling the conceptualization of blockchain decentralization, meaning the twists would, in reality, have been null and void. Ohhh well.
Limetown: Acceptable Loss (2019)
The Episode that Ruins the Series
Illogical plot points and character motivations through and through.
If only some humanistic strain of narrative had survived the first two episodes of this vile, irresponsible, misanthropic plague of a narrative, I might've held out more hope for some redeeming herd immunity building slowly to rescue the remaining plot and theme of the series. Instead, what is quickly horrific descends further--into perverse glorification of all that is worst about our species...and into a (pseudo-)defense for obliterating all striving to elevate the human spirit. Moreover, Amazon chose to release this nihilistic series at perhaps the most "relevantly" heartbreaking moment imaginable. Never have I so much wanted to unwatch a show.
How to review (secular) prophecy?
You don't. You let it review you. So, a few narrative quibbles with season 2 aside, and notwithstanding disappointment in a few visionary vectors that launched impossibly high but ultimately fell short of the horizon line, I remain faithful to this project as an effort that is as much discovery as it is creation, in equal parts a human-analogue fictionalization of AI's prehistory and a memorialization of the coding that portends the decline and fall of a species...