Brave New World: Season 1

Brave New World: Season 1

Brave New World: Season 1

Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story) leads this sci-fi series, based on the classic Aldous Huxley novel. Set in a supposed utopia, humanity seems to have achieved sustainable peace by abolishing monogamy, money, privacy, family and history - until order is disrupted. Co-stars Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey).

As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx (Lloyd) and Lenina Crowne (Findlay) 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 (Ehrenreich), 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.

2020USA
Science Fiction
EPISODE 1.1

Pilot

Welcome to New London, a utopia governed by three rules -- no privacy, family or monogamy -- where everyone belongs to everyone else.

EPISODE 1.2

Want and Consequence

Bernard Marx is preoccupied with recent events in New London as he and Lenina Crowne take a trip together; John struggles with a dilemma.

EPISODE 1.3

Everybody Happy Now!

Danger awaits Bernard and Lenina in the Savage Lands, where the world is flipped on its head; John grapples with staying true to himself as paths entwine.

EPISODE 1.4

Swallow

Bernard introduces John to New London while Lenina struggles with reintegration after their visit to the Savage Lands.

EPISODE 1.5

Firefall

Lenina tests the limits of her emotional self-regulation while Bernard seizes an opportunity; John observes New London conditioning.

EPISODE 1.6

In the Dirt

Lenina has an unexpected collision; John becomes the center of attention as he embraces his surroundings.

EPISODE 1.7

Monogamy & Futility I

Lenina juggles separate lives as fantasy and reality converge; Mustafa Mond makes a terrifying discovery.

EPISODE 1.8

Monogamy & Futility II

John takes integration to the next level as monogamy poses new problems; while Bernard realizes his potential, Lenina questions assumptions.

EPISODE 1.9

Soma Red

Bernard copes with an unexpected tragedy, while Lenina draws ire at the Hatchery; John’s exile pushes New London to the brink.

Brave New World: Season 1 / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Both Brown Findlay and Ehrenreich seem frustratingly tamped-down here. ... No wonder the actors seem exhausted; their project, deep into its first season, doesn’t know what kind of show it wants to be.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The nine-part debut season feels like it's built on miscalculation atop miscalculation, but the gravest one is that the citizens of New London are effectively extraterrestrials.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

It spends so much time reveling in its own aesthetic that dramatic momentum becomes an afterthought. ... [Series’s creator, David Wiener] has made improvements that are anemic and uneven.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

This adaptation looks great but is definitively hollow, and in turn all of its parties, extensive discussions, and choreographed orgy scenes become simply exhausting.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Episodes are fast-paced and pulpy. Yet something is missing from the show’s core. Television thrives on rich characters, but, in large part because it’s set in a realm devoid of eccentricity, I struggled to get invested in this bunch.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

As it unfolds, “Brave New World” fits only the most nebulous sense of the word “interesting,” with its most relevant commentary left behind in the Savage Lands. Where Peacock could use a big bang, the series mostly just manages to look like plain old cable TV.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Brave New World is caught in a feedback loop of references, one that only occasionally resonates with a culture in the midst of challenging systems, unseen and otherwise.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Frequently obvious, but nicely designed and acted, with a thoughtful Nina Sosanya a welcome presence as the woman at the top.

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CNN

CNN

Interesting looking and provocative in its themes (updating the 1932 book for modern consumption), "Brave New World" starts out with considerable promise and doesn't end nearly as well; still, at least the show feels big, strange and slightly different.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

By the time the romantic triangle heats up, Brave New World has successfully put the “soap” back in “dystopia.”

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Salon

Salon

It is a series well aware of its purpose as a confectionery gateway to synthetic emotion. As long as you're not expecting much longstanding value beyond that, you'll probably be happy with it.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

The plot devolves a bit as it builds to an overcomplicated finale, and Ehrenreich is a bit of a blank spot, rightfully refusing to carry John with a pure protagonist’s swagger, but without finding the charisma we know he’s got during key scenes.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

The new series is a clever modern adaptation, engaging deeply with the source material while dispensing with Huxley’s glaringly racist themes and some of the misogyny, too.

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