Based on the classic novel of the same name by Aldous Huxley and aired on Sky One in October 2020, Brave New World is set in a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family and history itself. As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx (Harry Lloyd) and Lenina Crowne (Jessica Brown Findlay) embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage (Alden Ehrenreich), who escapes with them back to New London. However, John’s arrival in the New World soon threatens to disrupt its utopian harmony, leaving Bernard and Lenina to grapple with the repercussions.
Vibrant, energetic and with a great cast, Brave New World is an entertaining series that gets you thinking. It may be based on a book that was originally published in 1932, but the story explores many important issues which still feel relevant today.
I haven’t read the book so I don’t know if it’s a good adaptation or not, but there’s no doubt that it only skims the surface of Huxley’s complex ideas. Still, I think The New World is set up well and that the series showcases his imagined utopia brilliantly. I especially like the idea of freedom vs happiness and the series makes you think about what you would do. Would you keep taking the pill and live a luxury life in pretence? Or would you risk going rogue to hold onto your true emotions?
Synopses say the series is “in an update of the original novel”, adding the artificial intelligence system that connects citizens via a wireless network. If I were a fan of the book, I probably wouldn’t appreciate such changes. But not knowing the source material, it felt like it complimented the story well and I like that it incorporated a kind of technology that felt so believable in today’s world.
Above all else, the performances are really enjoyable. I love Jessica Brown Findlay at the minute. With BBC currently reshowing Harlots, we are seeing some fantastic performances from her lately. I haven’t seen Harry Lloyd in anything since Game Of Thrones and really liked his performance, too.
Sadly, the series has already been cancelled apparently which I think is a huge shame. I want to read the book after watching this, anyway, so at least it’s achieved something.