Raised By Wolves (2020)

One of the most epic-scale projects I’ve ever seen on TV and a new sci-fi dystopian vision from Alien/Blade Runner-architect Ridley Scott, RBW is a wickedly-original evolution of the Netflix age w.bold cinematography, despotism, mythology, complex religious allegory. 8.7/10

Plot Synopsis: After Earth is ravaged by a great religious war, two androids set out to raise human children on the mysterious virgin planet of Kepler-22b, a treacherous task jeopardized by the arrival of a devout congregation of surviving humans.

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CLC’s Official Best #RaisedByWolves Episodes: 1. Raised By Wolves, 2. Lost Paradise, 3. The Beginning, 4. Mass, 5. Pentagram, 6. Virtual Faith, 7. Nature’s Course, 8. Infected Memory, 9. Umbilical, 10. Faces

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Overall, Raised By Wolves is one of the best sci-fi TV series of the 21st-century. The most prolific and legendary monarch of the genre: Alien/Blade Runner-creator Ridley Scott is back with a new cinematic architecture for the streaming age that packs every bit of the visceral, bloodcurdling, epically-ambitious tenacity of his mythical filmography. The cinematography is jaw-dropping and one of the most avant-garde, primordially-fascinating, and beautifully-photographed canvases I’ve ever witnessed – breathtaking world-building taking our early-ancestral veldt and snow/desert-mountain flora-and-fauna of Cape Town, Africa & twisting the landscape into a despotic authoritarian monocracy of brutal animadversion on faith. The complex religious allegory and palpable themes are everpresent in this iconographical-exposition of Biblical-Christianity – from its opening Adam & Eve to the Jesus-parallelization of Campion, progressively-darkening into a nightmare canvas still packing brilliant discourse on the positives, science-paradoxes, and blindside-vulnerabilities of belief and agnosticism. The characterization is human and tangible: a mother protective of her pack of cubs, but haywire A.I.-commentary on the most tension and stakes-filled demographic: telling kids she’s raising stories of the three little pigs while socializing them to her rule – all while being the wolf she speaks of herself. The horror is positively bone-chilling in a new sadistic tarpaulin of violence/necromancy Scott reaches into his iconic bag-of-tricks to splatter blood onto: the next big franchise-potential mixing The Thing, Greek Mythology, Ex Machina, Leone-western brutality, & Star Wars in one of the most bonkers, epic-scale, and original TV series ever brought to the streaming age. There’s parenthood themes, betrayal, cruelty-of-fate, dystopian politics, powerful machinations, Metropolis-cityscapes, Darwinian-ferocity authentic to the brutal animalism of its eponymy, and even intimate heartfelt moments – oh and a career-performance by Amanda Collin. One of the most epic-scale projects I’ve ever seen on TV and a new sci-fi dystopian vision from Alien/Blade Runner-architect Ridley Scott, RBW is a wickedly-original cinematic evolution of the Netflix age – with beautiful cinematography and world-building, terrorization, esoterica, despotism, mythology, and complex religious allegory.

Official CLC Score: 8.7/10

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Pros: from its opening old-technique nuclear mushroom-cloud and epic-scale black hole cinematography, a visual experience like nothing ive ever seen on tv

a phenomenal setting barren desert manifest destiny clouds mountains dramatic rugged scifi feel of lost planet yet tangibly human

Two androids are tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet; as the human colony threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.

complex religious allegory themes palpable new adam eve set out to barren planet to start life anew /// despite advancements mithraic stunted by tenets of their religion wouldnt let androis raise children athsts ones who sent faster craft and ensured survival of human race here /// belief in unreal can be comforting but also weaken stifle — new community built on human’s belief in itself not imagined deity mother father androids doubt and put sole science true cure sick but what if not imagined they won war unexplainable u ahtsts peaceful technocratic how can we know for sure keep dying maybe wrong campion turns to religion father okays mother cant know reverse persecution of what happened earth here punished for not there punished for do ///

betrayal campion alone needs to be with other humans if break down but girl mother really like one twisted warped malfunctioning doesnt want to give up son goes haywire fails to accept failure came with 12 viable embryos 12 years later one child left alone

parenthood themes campion narrator mother and fahter kept safe never took time themselves sacrifice for children like parents do rough difficult times –

cruelty of world around doesnt care if were happy or get sad if we die dark child death falling abyss doll and sickness

palpable intrigue huge jaw dinosaur creature danger kids and girl hate mankind god discover powers

pure science fiction worldbuilding mixed with humanity joy of childbirth despair of miscarriage deathbirth

score arabian mysterious ancient feel invocative of pure sci fi

performances girl steals show absolutely strong scary unshakable in beliefs potential evil hatred mankind god campion scared shaky belief boy escaping religious reverse persecution biracial father warm and jovial /// girl’s yells bizarrely not as powerful and couldve used easy vocal assistance warp to make powerful /// goes evil and haywire fine /// mother losing son wolves passion loyalty protective

new colony mithraic almost medieval dark ages feel looking for most bountiful region to start colony tropical zone near equator power dynamic shifted hatred humans takes boy orphan born empty land jesus parallel even hair tattered clothing looks ready fight 1,000 people across a galaxy

sci-fi brutal horror terrorization of the thing paranoia camoflauge medusa lookscreech explode guts bulletproof like devl wolves shift know not safe with her now never was part inside of her but always was

Cons: bizarre costume design weird helmet from opening scene look better without helmet suit good

does lean hard into atheism offensive to religious or mixed

lamia lays on too thickly the hatred avoidance of people annoying

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