Published On: Thu, Jan 11th, 2018

How Electric Dreams Is the Black Mirror Alternative You Need


On the surface, it would be easy to compare Amazon’s new show Electric Dreams, the 10-episode series based on short stories by Philip K. Dick, to Netflix’s Black Mirror. Both anthology series are set against the backdrop of a technology-driven future, and tend to have a rather bleak outlook.

But if you dig below the surface a bit, you might find that Electric Dreams is offering one of the only things that’s often (but not always) missing from Black Mirror: hope. At least, that’s what executive producer Bryan Cranston’s goal is.

While Black Mirror may frequently leave viewers wondering if humanity is already doomed, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams could be the optimistic alternative you’re looking for. “I don’t want to sound Pollyanna-ish, but Electric Dreams actually has a very positive outlook on life, hidden in this dystopian sci-fi future,” Cranston says.

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