Of the new TV series watched in the last year, there are only two that I really wanted to see greenlighted for at least one more season. Harley Quinn The Animated Series which is working through season two right now and Upload, which just debuted on 5/1/2020.
10 days after it debuted, Amazon announced: YES – Amazon Greenlights Upload Season 2
Upload is the real science fiction deal. Read my detailed review for thoughts, but I’m going to expand even further here while collecting what others have to say in their reviews before this post closes.
As with all these review compilations and critiques, this is pure spoiler territory, so if you haven’t seen Upload yet and you have any interest in doing so, then go check it out and come back. Bookmark this post or use the tag Upload to find your way back. Easy, peasy.
… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …
But murder isn’t the only way the show feels dystopian. There are the microtransactions, yes, but at one point Nathan tours the “two gig” section of the hotel, where poor people with extremely limited data plans sit around in blank rooms doing nothing but reading the first five pages of “free trial” books, and when their data runs out, they’re frozen in place until someone can pay to reactivate them. It’s all goofy, but eerily plausible, as you can imagine that’s how this tech might work if it did exist.Amazon Prime’s ‘Upload’ Is ‘The Good Place’ Meets ‘Altered Carbon,’ Which Actually Works
… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …
Rewatch for the future tech
This has a lot of rewatch value, if only to check out all the ideas for 2033 future. Some of them are ridiculous, some implausible, and others believable.
The middle changes gears – and hints at season two
I like how the first season middle actually took some risks and explored some plot changes rather than just going into subplot mode. The whole idea of downloading being actively worked on gives viewers the idea that maybe Nathan can come back. Maybe he and Nora could someday be together.
Review by Others
What do others think about Upload?
- But Why Tho? Geek Community / Gabby Martin: “…a quality series with a balance of humor and mystery. Greg Daniels and his team have found a way to incorporate a Sims-like digital afterlife setting, all the silly hijinks humor we’ve missed from the Suite Life of Zack and Cody, with the social commentary of Black Mirror and classic whodunit mystery elements.”
- Christian Douglass: “There were also a few unexpected moments of light gore, which weren’t especially bad, they just didn’t seem to totally gel with the type of show Upload is, and I think that’s what put me off about them more than anything. So, be prepared for that, but otherwise, I recommend adding Upload to your watchlist because it’s a clever, funny mystery with an upbeat feel”
- Clint Worthington / Consequence of Sound: “…the show has good bones in an engaging lead, some spirited supporting characters, and a clear eye towards investigating the implications of a world where you can take your money with you when you die, but it’ll only take you so far. It’s not all successful yet, and the overarching techno-thriller subplots aren’t as interesting as the shenanigans in Lakeview, but I’ll take something corny and earnest over wearisome self-seriousness.”
- Den of Geek / Nick Harley: “…isn’t without its merits, but you can glean most of what it has to offer from the pilot. For those that stick through the entire 10-episode season, you’ll likely be wishing there was an option for an in-app upgrade to unlock a more compelling lead and central mystery.”
- Dewey Singleton: “…is one of the best new series of 2020. The show is tons of fun and will likely spur conversations that some usually might avoid.”
- GEEKS OF COLOR: “…is very funny. This to be expected with someone like Greg Daniels captaining, but the humor is surprisingly different from that of The Office or Parks and Recreation.”
- Holding Life Liable: “…may be worth to watch, but not as binge-series even though each episode only lasted for 30 minutes or less.”
- Irfan Nordin / Irfan Reviews Films (8.5/10): “Though Upload at times suffers from tonal overload, witty writing and a winsome cast make it an afterlife worth living.”
- The Game Of Nerds / Russ Millheim: “… is an impressive show, one that I think will be one of Amazon Studio’s top showcases. It’s funny, engrossing, and emotional—all while being held up by its incredible cast and inventive and devilishly smart creative team”
- Tracy Low / Tracy’s Screen Blog (4/5): “…is highly recommended for those who want a series that can take you out of this world.”
- Zach’s Zany Movie Reviews: “Most binge worthy shows that release all of their episodes at one usually have a season arc that is completely wrapped up with only a hint or two of what is to come. Upload pushed a cliffhanger on us mid story.”
- Ben / Middle Of The Row: “As much as I liked most of it, the horrendous ending of the season – and the direction it appears to be headed towards in the possible second outing – kind of ruin the experience as a whole. Who knows though, maybe the writers for season two will make some equally bizarre decisions to get it back on track? I sure hope so.”
- Connor Fahy / Tower City Media: “In fact most of the show does not fully work. It has great satire and themes, but with no characters to really latch onto, and plot that is too all over the place and not fully explored.”
- Good Nerd, Bad Nerd: “When a season’s worth of character growth takes place over 2-3 episodes, it feels like the show is rushed and doesn’t expect to be around for season 2.”
- SANCTUARY / Clanhub: “I liked some of the non-slapstick humor, the somewhat dystopic setting and that it questions some of our reliance on technology. Also, the use of product placement, streaming and the hinted existence of a Luddite movement as social commentary was interesting.”
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