revision of a SF series to catch up urgently

The Pact of the Wolves

We knew the ambition of Raised by wolves visual, we now know that it is narrative. Guzikowski, writer of the very tense prisonerswarned us: its series should be distributed a priori over five seasons. But it is seeing this new outbreak of episodes, shorter than the previous one (there are eight), that we take the measure of the extent of the story, which proposes not only to explain the cosmogony of an entire planet, but also to return half-heartedly, like Ridley Scott’s latest science fiction films, to the foundations of humanity. The author, who would have in mind the overall structure of his story, knows clearly where he is leading it and this is both his main asset and his most glaring flaw.

We had left the Mother, the Father, and their more or less legitimate children far from their inhospitable home. They move here to the border of the famous tropical zone, in the heart of an atheist colony surrounded by an electromagnetic barrier and surrounded by a very corrosive sea. A colony ruled by a supercomputer created on earth, which at the moment does not suspect the monstrous offspring of the necromancer lurks all around

The club of 5

The series, which has since overcome the challenge of imposing its austere universe, has found cruising speed. As he expands his courtyard across the colony, he continues to reveal all sorts of concepts that will surely be further explored. Undoubtedly, the metaphysical narrative arcs that unfold on both sides are quite exciting. However, this season, like the ones that will follow, therefore, neveran insoluble riddledevoid for example of a true climax, which loses consistency what gains in volume.

Hence some frustration and the occasional feeling that he is struggling with his own ideas. Season 1 took some rigor out of its refined central decor before extending to the second half. Season 2 directly disperses its troop of characters in this great colony, although sometimes it means to lose them by its errors. Children, in particular, are now constantly escaping the vigilance of their synthetic parents and multiplying improvised comings and goings, both geographically and ideologically.

Atheists, mitraics, agnostics … they all cross paths, cross paths again, fight, combine, regularly change their faith and opinion according to the great mysterious events scattered throughout the general plot. A necessary confusion, then, but which almost confers on the whole a dimension in series.

Raised by wolves: photo, Travis FimmelAntitrust

Do androids dream of electric snakes?

Like its predecessor, this season of Raised by wolves manages, however, to make him forget his innumerable flaws (beyond its opaque and disordered setting, the special effects are always so uneven, especially at the end) thanks to their visual and thematic appetite. While Ridley Scott’s incredible first episode will remain unmatched, it’s still full of visions from 80s sci-fi comics, accompanied by a great atmospheric soundtrack (and what credits!) And a letter singular aesthetics.

Better yet, released from his characterization obligations, sometimes he tries his hand in horrorthanks to some especially cruel mutations, even a pure, hard slasher during a sequence that would make Jason Voorhes look like a boyscout, when he’s not looking at the timing of a post-apobis fight.

Raised by wolves: photo, Amanda CollinAmanda Collin, still awesome

All without ever abandoning its most successful component: its androids, initially encamped by Amanda Collin and Abubakar Salim, the two revelations of season 1, once again excellent. The figure of the android is the thematic heart of this universeas it was in the last few films Alien, as the scene traces the origins of the war of religion to its birth. The father and mother remain at the center of the issues, divided between the dangerous assertion of their humanity caused by motherhood and the pious fascination of humans with the entities we know or guess are artificial (Sun, Trust and company).

Like Scott, they question the limits of humanity — sometimes literally — from the moment they acquire the ability to procreate or at least create life. Hypothesis around which Guzikowski articulates his entire demonstration, certainly uncomfortable, but sprinkled with fascinating theological reflections, which even gain in depth during a twist that manages to broaden the spectrum of the religions convened. So much so that the protagonists end up looking like wandering pawns on a chessboard whose darkness can only be crossed after 5 seasons. Until then, we have to settle for lessa confusing and bewildering tale, but too ambitious to deserve contempt.

Raised by Wolves airs on Warner TV from April 25, 2022, one episode per week

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