The Peripheral

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  • TV-MA
  • 2022
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (77,937)

The Peripheral is a sci-fi thriller adapted from the William Gibson novel of the same name. The series, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video in late 2022, is set in two different futures and follows a diverse cast of characters as they navigate the consequences of technological advancement.

The show is anchored by the performances of Chloe Grace Moretz and Jack Reynor, who play siblings Flynne and Burton. Flynne is a young woman living in a near-future rural town who supplements her income by beta-testing a new virtual reality gaming system. Burton is her brother, a disgraced veteran who has returned from serving overseas with some serious physical and mental scars. When Flynne witnesses a gruesome murder in the game, she inadvertently becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that spans multiple timelines and realities.

The Peripheral is a complex show, with lots of moving parts and a plot that takes some time to fully come into focus. But it rewards patient viewers with a gripping story that blends elements of cyberpunk, time travel, and political intrigue. The show's writing team has done an excellent job of distilling Gibson's dense prose into a compelling visual narrative, and the visuals are truly stunning. The different versions of the future are both familiar and radically different from our own, filled with strange creatures, advanced technology, and breathtaking landscapes.

One of the things that sets The Peripheral apart from other sci-fi shows is its commitment to portraying a truly diverse cast of characters. Alongside Moretz and Reynor, the show features an impressive supporting cast that includes T'Nia Miller, Charlotte Riley, and Gary Carr. While the characters come from a variety of backgrounds and have different motivations and agendas, they all feel fully realized and three-dimensional. It's refreshing to see a show that's willing to take the time to explore the inner lives of its characters, rather than simply treating them as plot devices.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about The Peripheral is the way it explores complex themes and ideas without ever feeling didactic. The show asks big questions about the nature of reality, humanity's relationship with technology, and the ways power and privilege shape our lives. But it does so in a way that feels organic and grounded in the characters' experiences. The Peripheral is a show that invites its viewers to think deeply about these issues, but never forgets that it's also there to entertain.

Overall, The Peripheral is a bold and ambitious show that rewards viewers who are willing to engage with its complex narrative and themes. With stunning visuals, great performances, and a gripping story, it's one of the best sci-fi shows to debut in recent years. Whether you're a longtime fan of William Gibson's writing or simply looking for a thoughtful, engrossing TV experience, this is a show you won't want to miss.

The Peripheral is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on October 21, 2022.

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The Creation of a Thousand Forests
8. The Creation of a Thousand Forests
December 2, 2022
Flashback shows Conner telling Flynne he wishes he could start over. Lev sabotages Flynne
The Doodad
7. The Doodad
November 25, 2022
Flynne, Burton and Conner return to Future London where they are put to the test by Inspector Lowbeer. Flynne learns about an alternate life she lived. Tommy continues to pursue Bob, bringing him in conflict with Corbell Pickett. While Flynne and Burton are in Future London, Ella
Fuck You and Eat Shit
6. Fuck You and Eat Shit
November 18, 2022
A flashback reveals how Conner lost his limbs. Inspector Ainsley Lowbeer of the Met Police investigates the attack at Aelita
What About Bob?
5. What About Bob?
November 11, 2022
A hitman named Bob is hired by the Research Institute to kill the Fishers. Flynne gets a brain scan and discovers what
4. Jackpot
November 4, 2022
Flynne's health takes a turn. Wilf visits Flynne in Clanton, deepening their relationship. Flynne learns the truth about her future.
Haptic Drift
3. Haptic Drift
October 28, 2022
Flynne assists Lev and Wilf in finding Aelita. She learns from Future Londoners that Corbell Pickett may be a new threat to her family. Burton takes matters into his hands and deals with Pickett. Meanwhile, money and resources pour in from Future London, altering Flynne and Burton
Empathy Bonus
2. Empathy Bonus
October 21, 2022
A group of mercenaries attack Flynne and her family. Flynne returns to the SIM seeking answers and learns that the headset is a portal to London, seventy years in the future. Flynne meets Londoners Wilf Netherton, a fixer, and Lev Zubov, a Kleptocrat, who are interested in finding Aelita. They offer Flynne and her family protection and resources in exchange for her help to find Aelita. Meanwhile, Tommy, a local sheriff
1. Pilot
October 21, 2022
Set in 2032 in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Flynne Fisher is a brilliant gamer who works a dead end job to support her veteran brother, Burton, and ailing mother, Ella. Burton enlists Flynne
Where to Watch The Peripheral
The Peripheral is available for streaming on the Amazon Studios website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Peripheral on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 21, 2022
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (77,937)