Imagine a world where the Nazis won World War II, or a world where you are forced to be married or face life threatening consequences. These are the settings for two fictional settings that might not seem so far fetched. These fictions worlds are so frightening that they seem all too real.
‘The Man in the High Castle’
‘The Man in the High Castle’ is an Amazon Prime series based on the book of the same name. The show is based on an alternate ending to World War II. In this world the allies lost the war and The United States is now divided into the Greater Nazi Reich and the Japanese Pacific States. The show materializes scenarios that are too awful to consider. For example, the Jewish people are basically eradicated from Earth and Americans are considered second class citizens to their Nazi rulers. The series revolves around Juliana Crane who becomes involved the resistance against the Nazis and Japanese after her sister Trudy is murdered by the Japanese military police. Right before she is shot, Trudy gives Juliana a film of a newsreel which depicts an alternate ending to World War II, one where the allies win. Juliana believes this shows the truth about how the world should be. The rest of the show follows her in discovering the truth figuring out who the Man in the High Castle really is since he is the one said to be distributing the films.
If you enjoy weird and disturbing movies that will make you question everything, ‘The Lobster’ is the movie for you. In this dystopian future, being single is not permitted. Every adult is required to have a spouse. If your spouse leaves you or dies, you are required to participate in a hotel program where you have 45 days to find a new match or be turned into an animal of your choice. Weird, right? It gets weirder. The movie revolves around David, played by Colin Farrell, who finds out in the opening scene that his wife has just left him for another man who wears glasses. He is then escorted to a hotel where he tells the manager that if he does not make it through the program he would like to be turned into a lobster because they live for over 100 years and they remain fertile all their lives. We then find out that in order to make a match a person must have a similar trait to their partner. For example, one of David’s friends smashes his face against a table in order to make his nose bleed so he can marry the woman who has frequent nose bleeds. Guests in the hotel can extend their 45 days by tranquilizing “loners” who are forest dwellers who have chosen to live without a partner. The film is basically one giant social commentary on relationships and it’s hilarious and horrifying at the same time.
Speaking of horrifying, ‘Black Mirror’ is one of the most horrifying shows in existence. ‘Black Mirror’ is an anthology series which means that every episode has it’s own contained plot and characters. Each episode focuses on some sort of technology and how it affects the world of the characters, usually not in a good way. One of the most acclaimed episodes is entitled “White Christmas.” The episode is set in a world where people can access the Internet through an irremovable device implanted in their eyes, called the “Z-Eye.” The Z-eye allows a person’s visual picture to viewed through a computer. The device is implanted through a surgical process where a digital copy of the subject’s consciousness is created. The digital copy is placed in a simulated body and is in charge of controlling the real-life subject’s computerized house. It is the character Matt’s job, played by Jon Hamm, to convince this digital copy to do their required tasks. Later in the episode, we find out that you can block people in real life through the Z-Eye. The result is the person who is blocked can only see a gray blob instead of the person who blocked them. In addition, they can no longer hear that person and cannot see pictures of them either.