Feb
14
2019

USA Network picks up Brave New World TV show.

It’s going to suck. Bolding mine.

As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne have only ever known a rigid social order, a perfect pharmaceutical called Soma, and a culture of instant gratification and ubiquitous sex. Curious to explore life beyond the strictures of their society, the two New Worlders embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage, who escapes with them back to New London. John’s arrival in the New World soon threatens to disrupt its utopian harmony, leaving Bernard and Lenina to grapple with the repercussions. The three become entwined in a fraught relationship that awakens them to the dangers of their own conditioning.”

…Nope, nope, nope, nopity-nope-nope, nope, and, hmm: nope. Neither Bernard or Lenina are particularly curious, there wasn’t a rebellion in the Savage Lands, John was dragged back to London as part of a plot to destroy Bernard’s boss, the distressingly resilient society of Brave New World absorbs John’s individuality and romanticism without even burping, nothing is capable of really cracking Bernard and Lenina’s cultural program, and in the end none of them are particularly awakened to a Ford-damned thing. Unless you count John’s realization that this world he’s in is more or less a personal Hell.

It’s not that I have objections, per se, to people making books into movies without reading them first — no, wait, I do have objections to that. Stop doing that. But beyond that: also stop trying to fix established dystopias, Hollywood*. You’re missing the point.

Moe Lane

*Except for Game of Thrones. Doing it to that one is funny.

14 Comments

  • ChrisValentine says:

    Wait, whats so funny about what they’ve done to Game of Thrones?

    • Luke says:

      They’ve actually progressed the story?

    • Moe_Lane says:

      They’re going to end the show with the True Prince marrying the Dragon Queen and Uniting the Kingdom to defeat the Evil Undead Army, right? Then there will be an Age of Peace, with The Wounds to the Land finally being healed, and They All Lived Happily Ever After. And all those Bad People will have Gotten Their Comeuppance, while the Good People will be remembered for their Heroic Sacrifice…

      …As I understand it, Martin started this series because he hated all of these classic fantasy tropes, right?

  • acat says:

    Hollyweird very rarely groks dystopia .. they seem convinced, for reasons I cannot fathom, that utopia is perfectly reasonable.
    .
    I think I’ll skip this and watch Rockford Files reruns .. at least the L.A. presented therein isn’t tidy and trimmed and preternaturally perfect.
    .
    Mew

    • bensdad00 says:

      Speaking of weird LA, the wife and I have been wasting time with Nathan Fillion’s new series out of nostalgia and it takes place in an LA where criminals are overwhelmingly white and a$$holes, and any minorities even suspected of an indiscretion have REASONS

      • Luke says:

        Not entirely true.
        I’ve only watched about the first six episodes, but I can remember minority characters that were criminals without REASONS.
        Starting early in the first episode, when the Mexican gangbanger threatens one of the rookies. They just aren’t interesting enough to stand out much as individuals.
        (Not to mention that the REASONS in one of the cases was “high as $%%%”.)

      • acat says:

        To be fair, isn’t the bulk of the population in the Greater L.A. census region white a$$hole$?
        .
        Mew

        • bensdad00 says:

          If you believe TV yes – according to census bureau though
          9% black
          11% asian
          28% white
          49% hispanic

    • junior says:

      I think part of the problem is that the dystopia in the novel Brave New World is essentially what many in Hollywood actually want, and which Hollywood itself is about as close as it can get to in today’s current culture…

      How’re you going to get THAT greenlit at a movie studio?

  • Luke says:

    Hollywood is nearly as far gone as Lenina.
    It’s not that they miss the point, so much as they’re unable to see it, and have no framework within which to understand it.
    But they’ll happily derail anything substantive to brag about being pneumatic.

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