Friday, September 4, 2020

Raised by Wolves 1.2-3: More than Meets the Eye

I just watched Raised by Wolves 1.2 and 1.3, on HBO Max.  It's all that is available there now (along with the first episode that I saw and reviewed the other night), but the three are more than enough to convince that this will be a major science fiction series, with a complex, multi-level, intriguing narrative, indeed.

First, we learn a couple of things.  There's a lot more to Marcus than meets the eye.  He's actually an atheist, who along with his wife Sue underwent plastic surgery, so the two could take the place of the original Marcus and Sue that the atheist "Marcus" killed, so the new Marcus and Sue could get on-board the great Sol-believer interstellar arc.  And they also became parents of the original couple's young son, whom the new Marcus (I think) gave a little white mouse to, as a present, before they all embarked on the arc.  All of which play a role in the story, which gives it a Space Family Robinson or Lost in Space on speed or LSD kind of quality, or quite a ride.

And that's less than half of it.   Mother is a much more powerful android than is Father, who is just a general-purpose not deadly weapon android, but he's equipped with plenty of smarts, too.  And heart.  When Mother starts blaming herself for the death of the other kids (other than Campion, who is alive and well and brilliant), Father discovers the real reason the other kids died.  And Mother, wanting to recreate the family she lost to this unforgiving planet, has taken a bunch of other kids of various ages from the defeated arc.  These range from cute to pretty interesting, and they include Marcus and Sue's "son".

And there's still more.  There are some sorts of monsters at large on this planet, which presumably are indigenous species, but, who knows.  So all of this adds up to a great, provocative start for a highly intelligent, vividly depicted science fiction series, which I'm looking forward to watching.

See also Raised by Wolves 1.1: Fast Action and Deep Philosophy 

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