Extrapolations Season 1 Review – Dull, uninspiring and self-indulgently preachy

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 5 -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 6 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 7 -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 8 -| Review Score – 2/5

 

Extrapolations is an interesting title for this AppleTV project – and for all the wrong reasons. Apple Originals have a serious pacing problem, and on top of that, the writing tends to meander into uninteresting tangents that frustrate and waste precious time. It’s not an isolated incident, many of the originals on the platform suffer from this.

Extrapolations then, takes both of these hindrances – poor pacing and uninteresting writing – and extrapolates that out across 8 episodes of preachy, meandering anthological drama.

At the heart of this is the topic of climate change, which essentially plays out as a finger-pointing exercise to show that we, the general public, need to do more to stop climate change from occurring… but yet, it also completely negates that there are around 20 companies behind a 3rd of global pollution.

The show seems like a cautionary tale to begin with, but soon jumps constantly through time, shifting protagonists, perspectives and ideas in a confusing jumble of distorted narrative shifts, all whilst adopting an almost hopeless narrative, like the screenwriters weren’t even sure themselves what they wanted to do with this.

As a result, the narrative swings between preachy and expository-heavy, with big dumps of info from AI devices about the state of the world, to messaging that undermines itself. You see, the messaging is that we need to do better to wake up to what’s happening…while also pinning all of this on the corporations. So the question remains – who is this actually for?

Beyond the tonally confused narrative are the characters themselves, who are utterly forgettable. Even worse, the anthological nature of this means you’re unlikely to care about any of them before the story lurches forward again to follow someone else. And to make matters worse, the players that are constant through the show just look more and more bored as the show goes on.

Kit Harrington, who plays Nicholas Bilton, charges his inner “I dun wan it” to deliver an utterly uninspiring performance throughout. Whether this is the direction he was told to play his character, or just the exasperation at being roped into this project, the AI voice that chimes in when I turn on my headphones has more enthusiasm.

The other characters in this don’t fare much better, despite a litany of different voices popping up, and the few glittering performances are overshadowed by the pacing, which dedicates about 10 minutes in each 50 minute chapters just to catch us up on what we’ve missed through the years. It’s an exhausting and dragged out affair that ultimately fails to make a mark.

Unlike movies akin to The Day After Tomorrow, which matched a preachy, thematically heavy subject matter with a popcorn-munching action flick, Extrapolations fails to entertain at any level. Instead, this wallows in its own preachy subject matter to deliver 8 uninspiring episodes that regurgitate the same message constantly. Skip this one.


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