Anthology series based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick.
Someone has started to make linen hoods that block the abilities of telepaths. However, the cops must find him before the Teeps do.
This is set centuries in the future. An old woman ( Geraldine Chaplin ) hires a couple of dodgy starship tour operators to fly her and her android to long-abandoned Earth. She wants to see her ancestoral homeworld before she passes away.
In deep space, there is an element of unease. The tour operators may be con-men, but the robot seems to be on to them. Meanwhile, the old lady is obsessed with getting to Earth. The younger operator is sucked into her obsession.
A railway worker (Timothy Spall - Red Dwarf ) has a customer who wants to buy a ticket to Macon Heights. Unfortunately there is no station listed at that location. Not in the semantic Derry/Londonderry way, but in the sense that there is no stop between two listed stations. He becomes obsessed with this.
The story is very slow-moving. The protagonist spends a lot of time doing things, like making a cup of tea for his cow-orker or helping his wife with their troubled tweenage son.
The plot threads eventually tie together. The story could easily be told in a half-hour format like The Twilight Zone , but has been padded out to full hyour-length format. As a result it is slow rather than suspenseful, and the plot resolution is something of an anti-climax.
This is based on the short story Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick . It is set in a future where the UK uses replicants like in Blade Runner .
Ed Morris (Steve Buscemi - Armageddon ) lives in a suburb with his wife Sally ( Julia Davis ). His boring day job is at a company that manufactures artificial people. He meets a femme fatale, who convinces him to help in a robbery. Unfortunately, she then has to sell the stolen goods to a gang of gypsies led by the flamboyant Noah (Michael Socha - The Aliens ).
Anna Paquin is a futuristic police detective with a latino sidekick and flying car - like in Blade Runner . She is depressed, so her live-in lover ( Rachel Lefevre ) gives her a virtual reality program. It will allow her to live a completely different life.
His doctor ( Lara Pulver ) assures him that he is not really a lesbian super-cop in the future with a flying car. No, he is a well-hung single billionaire who spends his nights playing vigilante like Batman (but without the halloween costume). Well, which one of these is the fantasy and which is reality?
Much like Total Recall , the protagonist has two versions of reality to choose from. If he picks the wrong one, he will have a fatal aneurysm.
This was written for television by Ronald D. Moore, who started his SciFi career on Star Trek: TNG . Which is ironic, because one of the things that this episode brings to mind is Reginald Barclay's holodeck addiction. Yes, it seems that ANY virtual reality technology is potentially damaging. Ironic that Holodeck episodes were usually about how the tech could damage the ship, rather than the social and psychological consequences it would bring about.
In the year 2530, Vera ( Essie Davis ) is married to Colonel Silas (Bryan Cranston - Total Recall (2013) ). The bad news is, Silas is not a great husband. The good news is, he is usually off risking life and limb in dangerous situations.
Silas boss, General Liam Cunningham ( Game of Thrones ), is jealous of his achievements. When Silas comes home as the sole survivor of an invasion of an alien world, the boss is suspicious of him.
Vera realises her husband has changed - for the better. Is he really a better man, or is he a shape-shifting alien? And if the latter, will she rat him out?
A young boy discovers that his father ( Mystery Men ) has been replaced by an alien doppelganger.
The idea of young boys having to save the world was a mainstay of the movies of the 1980s. However, this version is darker and more downbeat.
Juno Temple lives in a post-apocalyptic world. A terrible war destroyed civilisation. Even though the war ended twenty years ago, an automated factory named AutoFac is still operating. It is not a monster like Skynet in the Terminator series. Instead, the story is more of a commentary on consumerism, like Dawn of the Dead .
The Final Girl joins the Main Man on his quest. They smuggle tactical nukes into the factory. Of course, it all seems too easy. There is an unexected twist.
This is based on the short story Foster You're Dead by Philip K. Dick . It is set in a future where the USA has become a deeply divided society.
Midwest Libertarian politician Maura Tierney brings her teenage daughter to the East Coast. The daughter, Foster, has trouble fitting in at school.
The mother claims that there are no terrorist attacks, and it is all propaganda by the Mega-Corps. If she is correct, it could all be a Government plot. However, she could be a terrorist herself. Worse, Foster could have inherited her father's mental illness and the whole thing might be a halucination.
This is set in the year 2053. The three NAFTA countries have been unified into one enormous super-nation. Automation has advanced to the extent that a factory which once employed thousands of workers now only needs three - partly due to the apparent power of the Trade Union, and partly for lip service to the concept of quality control. The biggest change is in politics. Democracy is still in place, but there is only one party.
The protagonist is watching a televised interview of The Candidate ( Vera Farmiga ), when she says Kill All Others. Nobody else seems to have heard it, but soon it becomes an unofficial Government policy. Who the Others are is never specified, but it soon becomes apparent that it refers to anyone who questions social norms.