Christopher Nolan fans will find it incredibly difficult not to draw comparisons between 2010’s Inception and Reverie, a new high-concept show that posits a future where technology allows users to recreate the happiest moments in their life and relive it in their own virtual reality. Watch Now >>
In fact, you can think of it as “Alice In Wonderland meets Inception” argues the show’s lead star, Sarah Shahi, who plays a former hostage negotiator and human behaviour expert called in to rescue users who have grown addicted to living in their dreamland. But more than that, beyond its intriguing premise, the former Person of Interest star believes Reverie has an important message about the dangers of becoming a slave to technology and “losing some of the most important human characteristics”.
And that’s what separates it from Nolan’s sci-fi heist film. Besides the fact that there are no guns or loud action sequences, Reverie actually has something important to say – and it does so by showing us the beauty and the dark side of dreaming and the subconscious mind. It’s not cold, mindless or soulless like many of the current sci-fi series on air.
What’s more, if you’re looking for more reasons to watch it:
1. Consider the cast
Reverie is mostly made up of a diverse group of actors we’ve enjoyed onscreen before, including Sendhil Ramamurthy (from Heroes), Dennis Haysbert (from 24), and Jessica Lu (from Awkward).
2. Jaume Collet-Serra directs the pilot
The director responsible for films like The Shallows, Non-Stop, Orphan and Run All Night steers the series in the right direction by delivering a brisk and arresting pilot that delivers on pathos as well as intrigue and fun.
3. The CGI is decent
Usually shows like this suffer from looking low budget. Thankfully, that’s not the case here. Reverie has some mind-bending scenarios that require some convincing VFX. And it delivers.
4. The science isn’t hard to understand
Unlike many of the other sci-fi shows currently available, Reverie doesn’t get lost in translation. We’re never exposed to deep scientific conversations only the show’s scientists understand. Everything is kept simple.