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The Peripheral

I would hope that anyone into Science Fiction knows of the works of William Gibson. His novels are always based on the relative states of politics, technology, and society, in the time they are written. It takes the socio-economic and political tenor of the times and projects forward from it. sometimes with uncanny accuracy and other times not so much. However, it is always a fascinating read.

Prime has begun spooling an adaptation of The Peripheral (new episodes every Friday until it runs its course). Having watched the first two episodes, it is somewhat interesting to see the way the creative talent behind the show have taken the novels elements and shuffled them like cards. While I understand the need behind the changes made, I am not sure they served the best interests of the story.

In the book, the Peripherals (i.e. robots used through outside mental control) do not look like the intellect controlling them but for obvious economic and storytelling issues that is not true in the series. Other aspects not mentioned until the end of the book are brought forward to the very fist episode. Also within the early pages of the book the main character witnesses a murder by subbing for her bother in what is purported to be a video game but turns out to be something fa more real than imagined. This is a major change within the show (i.e. no murder and a more complex plotline must ensue due to it.

I have seen the first two episodes released to date and am intrigued yet skeptical of how this all plays out. With elements of time travel and thus manipulating the past from the future for financial gain, there is plenty to work with. I only hope the talent involved challenges instead of falling into the obvious and cliched tropes of much of the science fiction on television today.


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