Following the smash success of “Black Mirror,” Amazon Prime Video questioned why it couldn’t have its own sci-fi anthology series to stream, and looked to writer Philip K. Dick for the answer. The author had hundreds of stories to mine for potential episodes, and with a number of hit movies based on a bunch already, he seemed like the perfect author to build a series around. The result was “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams,” an Amazon Original Series that launched in 2018.
The series’ 10 episodes featured an all-star cast including Richard Madden, Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Benedict Wong, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, Juno Temple, and more. Standout stories included “The Hoodmaker,” about a telepath who works with police to track a notorious criminal; “Autofac,” about a megalithic corporation whose automated factory continues through Armageddon to terrorize a community of survivors; and “Impossible Planet,” centering on two space tour guides paid handsomely to ferry an old woman to the legendary but lost planet called Earth.
Unable to shake off comparisons to the stellar “Black Mirror,” the Amazon series didn’t survive past its first year of stories, despite its considerable hype. That’s too bad, because it might just be the most underrated sci-fi series of the decade, with strong performances, intriguing stories, and a stylish production.