Friday, September 5, 2014


Interesting article about a new TV series from Spielberg Fedor Panfilov
Once upon Adam and Eve. Children they had, that Adam and decided to make a baby on their own. Just not from the rib and not from the log, and collected by the cog boy android battery is in the coccyx. Eva, meanwhile, flew into space for the year and managed to get pregnant there is not known from whom - and who knows what. Upon his return to Earth, it was closely monitored by either God, or the devil, head of a huge corporation. To keep Eve in its sphere of influence, that endows Adam financing of his game in the demiurge. That's the plot of the series "Beyond", which started in July on channel CBS. It falls on the viewer directly, without beating about the bush and complex histories. The question is, consider this simple advantage or disadvantage.
If you forget for a while about Steven Spielberg among the producers and shakes chelochkoy Oscar-winning Halle Berry, the bottom line - not so much fun. Two storylines are full of classic patterns of science fiction. On the one hand, there is such a favorite theme of Spielberg humanized robot. The history of mechanical child named Ethan, actually adopted by its creator, of course, first of all recalls the plot of "artificial intelligence» («AI Artificial Intelligence», 2001). The film, shot Spielberg on the story by Brian Aldiss' Superigrushek enough for the whole summer, "brought to life one of Stanley Kubrick's unrealized projects - and, incidentally, failed at the box office. There, too, there was a boy android humanoid robot new generation capable of emulating thoughts and emotions. Of course there are other analogies. "Blade Runner» («Blade Runner», 1981), Ridley Scott, loosely based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Demonstrated how complex may be the relationship between cyborgs and replicants people who created them. "Bicentennial Man» («Bicentennial Man», 1999) Chris Columbus spoke of the long and difficult transformation into a human robot. Finally, the "I, Robot» («I, Robot», 2004) Alex Proyas also addressed the theme of the admissibility of emotions in the creation of artificial intelligence.
At the heart of this subgenre are invented Asimov's three laws of robotics, one of which gives Ethan already in the first series. Little android do not obey the rules laid down for him, he is able to resist the temptation and has hidden desires. Like the hero of "artificial intelligence", the clash with the world of people is given to Ethan easy. "Father" Ethan, John Woods, is cut on the patterns of standard scientist from the golden age of science fiction: a passionate and naive fanatic, devoted to his work and seeing no possible threats because of their own idealism. Meanwhile, the threat is quite obvious. Harm to the person until Ethan causes, but there is no guarantee that it will not happen in the near future. If Ethan about something and wants, it is clearly not of Electric and about hunting doves that constantly attract his attention. Overhearing a muse story about ousting the Neanderthals Cro-Magnons pushing android to the idea that he - of a new kind that has to fight for survival, not to disappear.
Not less familiar moments can be seen in a different storyline involving Molly Woods, wife of John, and forced the "mother" Ethan. Watching the visions of Molly at the station, I remember "Solaris" by Tarkovsky. Sudden pregnancy of a barren woman in contact with extraterrestrial already shown in "Prometheus» («Prometheus», 2012) Ridley Scott. Only there heroine, without thinking twice, she climbed on the operating table, and learned from a unknown zverushku and Molly prefers to be tormented by doubts and wait, despite the strange bubbling circles stomach. The very image of a woman, fertilized some supernatural entity - an ancient mythological archetype, a situation reminiscent of pregnancy impossible "Marquis d'Eau" Heinrich von Kleist. About the station name "Seraphim", on which the year is Molly, and say nothing - well, at least not that "Archangel."
Likely contender for the role of the main antagonist, CEO Yasumoto, too formulaic. Of course, it is the Japanese, because we all know that the Japanese are fond of high technology and robots. And if the Japanese, then the samurai - the audience helpfully show family's armor on display in the private museum. Inherent Hideki Yasumoto thirst contact with the unknown recalls and "X-Files" and spilbergovskie "Close Encounters of the Third."
At times it seems that does not look fantastic series, and family drama. Not by chance in the first paragraph it was Adam and Eve - the plot is very much built on family relations. Molly remembers her dead lover, whom he has seen on the "Seraphim" John believes that it pays insufficient attention to Ethan and his behavior teaches him to lie, assistant John is jealous of the inventor and his wife to the boy-android. And all this is due to survival in a hostile world, the struggle for the preservation of - love, family, species. Ethan in the picture is trying to solve the problem by putting your family in a spaceship, a kind of Noah's ark. But, as the example of Molly, space does not guarantee safety.
Futuristic ambiance in the series is also quite strange - make no mistake, in the future will have to make massive bins with garbage and still do a photo smartphone. And the idea is to regularly replace the body of androids as "maturation" of artificial intelligence, going through all the stages from child to adult, looks like at least impractical and unprofitable. Of course, all of these items can be ignored, and the patterns themselves are fiction not harmful if present them in any way fresh way. However, while "outside" does not inspire hope special because of its straightness and absence of sharp twists and turns.Footwork begin only at the end of the third series, to provide the viewer to enjoy this one big extended prelude. By the way, the premiere of "Outside" gathered at screens fewer viewers than the other product channel CBS, which also is listed in the producer Steven Spielberg - "Under the Dome» («Under the Dome»). Maybe the point is that "Under the Dome" is not just based on the novel by Stephen King, but created with the active participation of his. However, if you are a fan of Halle Berry and are about to see everything pertaining to science fiction, the flaws in the "outside" you will not notice. The rest is to be hoped that the remaining ten episodes there will be something really interesting but reverence towards the veterans of the genre.

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