This is set in a utopian future, in a city called New London. However, there are a few problems in the system. For example, there is a caste system that segregates people. Also, there may be few laws but they can be stifling.
Bernard Marx (Harry Lloyd - Game of Thrones ) is basically a psychotherapist, insofar as he analyses people's mental state and then issues them the appropriate drug to sedate them. He hangs out with Wilhelmina “Helm” Watson ( Hannah John-Kamen ).
The idea of sedating people is seen as a general cure-all. For example, one patient is Lenina Crowne ( Jessica Brown Findlay ) who has been accused of the crime of monogamy with Henry Foster (Sen Mitsuji). Later Bernard investigates an apparent suicide witnessed by CJack60 (Joseph Morgan - Vampire Diaries ).
The barrier surrounding the Savage Lands is DNA-coded, and even a Beta must have an Alpha to escort them through it. Linda claims that she is a Beta and her son's father (thus also John himself) is an Alpha. If this is true, she did not need Bernard and Lenina to help her. She and John could have left at any time.
Lenina Crowne ( Jessica Brown Findlay ) has been changed by her adventure in the Savage Lands. Bernard Marx (Harry Lloyd - Game of Thrones ) is afraid of change, although in all fairness he is the one who got shot and thus his relative spinelessness should be excused.
Bernard Marx (Harry Lloyd - Game of Thrones ) finally gives John the Savage (Alden Ehrenreich - Solo (2016) ) a proper tour of the city. Wilhelmina “Helm” Watson ( Hannah John-Kamen ) takes a liking to the newcomer, and invites him to a party. She runs events at the nightclub, and her new holographic display is called Firefall.
Henry Foster (Sen Mitsuji) is established as the main antagonist. Lenina chooses him as her lover again, although Bernard did not work hard to keep her. Now Henry has been given the promotion Bernard wanted, and is Bernard's boss. John teaches Bernard how to physically confront his rival. But CJack60 (Joseph Morgan - Vampire Diaries ) is hanging around, and is eager to learn as well.
John the Savage (Alden Ehrenreich - Solo (2016) ) has become the centre of attention in the city. All the Alphas love to hear about his violent life. However, they are bound to get tired of the stories sooner or later. Bernard has to find a way to keep John in the public's attention.
The Controller walks down some tunnels deep under the city. There is a holodeck locked up there, where the Creator (Joseph Morgan - The Originals ) hangs out on an artificial beach. It turns out that he is the one who cloned himself to create the Epsilon class of workers.
John the Savage (Alden Ehrenreich - Solo (2016) ) and Lenina have begun a monogamous affair. Unfortunately, to maintain their secrecy Lenina must continue to be a good Beta and have sex with any Alpha who wants her. Her shrink Bernard asks her on a date, like people do in the Savage lands. She concedes, but has to choose. Will she end up hurting John or friend-zoning bernard?
John is upset about all the other Alphas who he has had to share Lenina with, so he goes drinking in the Epsilons' refectory bar. C-Jack Sixty (Joseph Morgan - The Originals ) tries befriending him, but John is drunk and tries to inspire a workers' uprising.
The Controller visits a disused Soma factory. It turns out that the Creator was part of the team that created the city's society.
John the Savage (Alden Ehrenreich - Solo (2016) ) visits Wilhelmina “Helm” Watson ( Hannah John-Kamen ), and reluctantly tries one of the special contact lenses. She records his memories so she can make art from them.
The Epsilon, C-Jack Sixty (Joseph Morgan - The Originals ), wants to abolish the caste system, and allow people to choose their place in life. He inadvertently starts a sit-down on the park bench, which his caste are not officially allowed to use.
The Alphas are becoming a bit paranoid. Bernard (Harry Lloyd - Game of Thrones ) is jealous of John the Savage due to his relationship with Lena Crowne ( Jessica Brown Findlay ). The Director is obsessed with the idea that his predecessor is manipulating events. The World Controller ( Nina Sosanya ) is having discussions with a projection of the networked minds who control their world.
With the city's leadership in crisis, they need a scapegoat. John is the obvious answer. But it may already be too late. The Epsilons are the only ones in the city who can really do anything, and they are under John's influence.
Bernard (Harry Lloyd - Game of Thrones ) is now the new Director. This is the promotion he always wanted, although this is not the way he wanted it.
Lena Crowne ( Jessica Brown Findlay ) is unpopular with the other Betas, who blame her because her best friend is getting reconditioned. Since the reconditioned people become fanatical, this is all going to go bad for Lena.
Wilhelmina “Helm” Watson ( Hannah John-Kamen ) discovers some ancient artwork from the Savage Times, before the apocalypse that the city grew out of. The emotionality that made the earlier generations so savage is also what allowed their creativity and artistry. This explains why the city of New London is so bare and bland - the soma that everyone is doped to the eyeballs on has rendered them incapable of decorating the city. The generic reason for futuristic cities being bland and lacking decoration is presumed to be the lack of a free market in a post-scarcity economy, which would mean the lack of a necessity for advertising. In reality, the advertising industry was invented because the Industrial Revolution created a post-scarcity civilisation and thus artificial stimulation for demand was created. In other words, the soma explanation makes a lot more sense.
John the Savage (Alden Ehrenreich - Solo (2016) ) has told the Epsilons to abolish the caste system, so that people will be allowed to choose their place in life. First they stage a strike, and refuse to work. Then they attack the soma supply, so that the city's dispensers will run dry. But finally it becomes apparent they have completely mis-interpreted the idea of making everyone in the city into an Epsilon. This is bad news for everyone from a different caste.
The ending sets up some plot threads for the next Season.