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What happens when a male android loves a female android VERY much, and they nurse human embryos together on a distant planet after fleeing from war-torn Earth? Why the female android flies and makes a bunch of people explode with her eyes, that’s what happens! …In the first episode of this bonkers HBO Max series by Aaron Guzikowski (with notable assistance from Ridley Scott of Alien and Blade Runner fame).
Brian, Erica, and Mark reflect on how much we’re supposed to understand, what if any character we’re supposed to identify with, whether the imagery is just TOO heavy-handed, and how this show compares with related sci-fi like Westworld or post-apocalyptic shows like The Walking Dead. Beware: Spoilers abound in this one, so you might want to watch the show, or just let us reveal its weirdness to you.
Here are some articles to feast on:
- “‘Raised by Wolves’ Finale Explained by Showrunner: WTF Was That?” by Adam Chitwood
- “‘Raised by Wolves’ Showrunner Aaron Guzikowski on Crafting an Ambitious Science Fiction World” by Jack Giroux
- “‘Raised by Wolves’: Ridley Scott Explains That Monstrous Finale” by Jennifer Vineyard
- “‘Raised by Wolves’ Season 2 Theories That May (or May Not) Happen” by Meghan O’Keefe
- “5 (Spoiler-Free) Themes Underlying Season 1 of the Sci-Fi Series, ‘Raised by Wolves’” by Frumentarious at Sandboxx
- “The Aspirational Android Parenting of ‘Raised by Wolves’” by Lydia Kiesling
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If you didn’t get Erica’s opening joke:
The flight capabilities of the serpent-baby will likely be quite an important feature in the upcoming series.
The necromancers utilize some as yet not fully understood technology dubbed “dark photons”. This technology was literally manufactured by the Mithraic from their “scriptures” without them knowing what the eff they were dealing with. (The potential origins of these scriptures have been discussed online – the planet itself, Sol, some AI… maybe a combination of all three?) – this much is given to us in the show.
The fact that it was Mother, as a necromancer, that gave birth to the serpent-baby is a very crucial point – its inherited some of the bio-technological traits she possesses. I know this is all in the land of wacky sci-fi territory, but it’s definitely NOT magic.
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
I’m just condensing what I’ve read online so it’s all speculation still… Anyways, always nice to hear you guys chatting about stuff! I agree, the Adam + Eve thing is over done. But I really have hopes the world and universe building is going to lead to some even heavy, wackier sci-fi elements being explored.
Thomas Holt says
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night