Brave New World (book and TV series) 

I watched the TV series and I'm re-reading the book.

The book is better.

Review in the thread.

Brave New World (book and TV series) 

The way society is described in the TV series is described it reminded me one Rick And Morty Episode.

Q: How do you ensure good maintenance to your Virtual Reality Rig?
A: You build a small civilization dedicated to maintaining it, and you design the civilization to be stable since they need to maintain the VR-rig for a couple of millenia.

Brave New World (book and TV series) 

Society in the TV series really wasn't sustainable though, they were like not maintaining their infrastructure. The critical infrastructure seemed to be hidden in some forgotten sewers and nobody had access.

Brave New World (book and TV series) 

One aspect where the book is clearly better is that in book the society still is clearly capitalistic/free-market.

In the TV series we have some kind of soft well-run totalitarian regime with free stuff and all basic needs fulfilled.

Brave New World (book and TV series) 

Also I feel that writing dystopias is getting harder than ever in XXI century.

In the TV series all the castes had their basic needs filled. Of course working class was hurt by the ruling class, but at least they lived a struggle-free life, like you do your work, and you get your basic needs filled on a level that 90% of current Earth population would be envious of.

So they tried to do a dystopia, but it was better run than what we have now.

Brave New World (book and TV series) racism 

Book is also racist. It uses the word: "negro", I think that this was an element of the world? Is it OK to have racism described in a dystopia?

And yes in the book the underclass is A) mostly black B) kept at low intelligence due to bio-engineering.

Brave New World (book and TV series) racism 

For me most important question from the TV series is: "Is it enough to satisfy all needs of (most?) citizens to be considered an utopia".

If the answer is yes, then the TV series is clearly a story of failing utopia.


Brave New World (book and TV series) racism 

Some Soviet SF authors will answer that it is not enough. I think that Strugatsky brothers would answer than this is not enough.

I dunno, it's a good start, and improvement from what we got already.

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