Welcome to the Hanspostcard TV Draft. The remaining 8 rounds will be posted here. We will have 64 different TV Shows by 8 different writers. I hope you will enjoy it! Today’s post was written by Paula from http://paulalight.com
Upload is a series on Prime that (so far) offers two seasons. I’ve seen both and I recommend this offbeat show. Unfortunately, I thought the premiere episode wasn’t that great and I almost didn’t continue, but I’m glad I did. I encourage you to persevere, if you feel similarly about E1, because the show gets better as the first season rolls on. I enjoyed S2 even more! The show was created by Greg Daniels, and the basic premise is that sometime in the near future, humans will be able to upload their consciousness to another realm where they will continue to exist post-death. It stars Robbie Arnell as Nathan, Andy Allo as Nora, Allegra Edwards as Ingrid, Zainab Johnson as Aleesha, Kevin Bigley as Luke, and Owen Daniels as AI Guy.
I have to tell you something about Robbie: he could be Tom Cruise’s double. It isn’t merely his good looks either, but also his voice and mannerisms are similar. It’s really freaky! And not only that, but there is awareness of it written into the show and at least one joke about it. Anyway, Robbie’s character Nathan dies in a car crash in E1 and his wealthy girlfriend Ingrid pays for him to be uploaded to Lakeview so his consciousness will continue on. Nora is Nathan’s human handler who helps him transition and cope with the new world. Nora has her own drama back in the “real world,” as she desperately tries to find a way for her dying father to upload to the Good Plan that Nathan has, but she can’t afford it. We see the disparity in the afterlife tiers for the wealthy vs the poor, which isn’t a surprise.
We get hints that Nathan wasn’t fully uploaded and part of his memory has been corrupted. Nora tries to fix these files and his memory returns in bits and pieces, but not completely. At his own funeral, which Nathan gets to view remotely, he hears that the software deal he was working on when he died wasn’t worth anything. Other factors make his death begin to look suspicious. We also discover that technology is emerging that may make it possible to regrow your original human body and “download” back into it, with some risks, such as your head exploding. But they’re working on that! E4 is hilarious due to a product known as a “sex suit,” which I will leave to your imagination (or you can watch the show).
After this, the show gets even more interesting with the introduction of new characters, such as Fran, an investigator into Nathan’s death, Byron, a guy Nora hooks up with from a dating app, Nora’s father, who still believes in the old-fashioned “heaven,” et al. S2 begins with Nora needing to go “off-grid,” since she now knows too much about Nathan’s death. We are treated to a wacky couple eps with the LUDDs, a group of anti-tech anarchists. Nora develops feelings for one of the men, maybe, and struggles with that vs her attachment to Nathan. The show now dives into even deeper philosophical themes regarding identity, memory, death, etc. S2 ends with a cliffhanger: Nathan has chosen to download in order to solve some of the mysteries surrounding his death, and at the last moment we see he has a nosebleed.
Paula Light is a poet, novelist, flash fiction fan, cupcake connoisseur, mom, grandma, cat mommy, etc. Her blog can be found at http://paulalight.com.