Episode 5 ~ Real Life
Now that’s hot, oh that’s hot! And welcome back Anna Paquin! I totally missed you since…Tell It To The Bees days!
Actually, according to IMDB, this series was released in 2017?!! How? How am I then just finding out about it just now?!
As it says on the tin, this is an Amazon Original series titled ELECTRIC DREAMS! There are a total of 10 episodes and each episode is about 50 minutes long and is a stand alone! That means that every episode is about a different story and different characters, starring different actors!
The one I am interested in is episode 5 – Real Life, because calling it something dreams would be infringing on the title itself I guess, seeing as the episode itself is about dream…gone awry!
Well, to be more specific, this is of course a Sci-Fi series and as such takes place in multiple futures. This one in particular has device that lets people take holidays…from life! In that you can take a holiday into your mind and live out your dream as if it was real and you were in a different reality!
Unfortunately for our married women Sarah (Anna) and Katie (Rachelle), Sarah has some deep rooted trauma that she can’t shake and while this vacation was to help her get away from them, things take a turn for the worst because Sarah blurs the lines between the worlds and doesn’t know anymore which is the real world and which is a fantasy.
The thing is that the guilt was too much that she chose to stay in the fantasy world where the reality was harsher. In there she was a guy (played by Terrence Howard actually), who while had the same occupation as her in the real world (a detective), over there she lost her wife who happened to look like Katie and was also named Katie. It makes sense since the dream holiday is partially influenced by the dreamer just like real dreams but Sarah took it the wrong way.
Since her life in the fantasy was harsher than the reality, she reversed the logic and instead took her real life as the fantasy because it was just too good to be true! In the end she chose to stay in the fantasy world by breaking the virtual device she used to come out of the dream!
Yeah, most of the stories in here don’t end on a good note and those that do, you don’t at all feel happy for the characters because they do some bad shit to have that happy ending!
I really can’t stand stories like this! Stories that deal with the psychological or time because they always get to me and make me feel like a complete mess! I guess that’s why I love Sci-Fi and fantasy stories! They just hit the right chords sometimes you know! Like the original Gunbuster Anime series! The way that series played with the passing of time still affects me to this day! And why also I am a huge fan of Doctor Who!
These stories always fuck me up good! Like, at one point I really thought that Sarah was right and that her life with Katie was the fantasy and that Katie is actually dead and that was the trauma but it turned out that it was the reality after all!!
Anyway, Anna and Rachelle were perfect in this and this series would have been an award winning show and one of my favourites but there is one thing standing in the way of that…Sometimes the editing is atrocious!
Anyway, that’s all…