TV REVIEW: Dimension 404 Season 1 – All 6 Episodes Rated and Reviewed

Do you have Hulu? Enjoy anthology TV shows with a more technology focus like Black Mirror?

Narrated by Mark “Luke Skywalker” Hamill, this is Hulu anthology series is heavily inspired by The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits and more recently Black Mirror.

It was released in 2017 and hasn’t been renewed for a second season. I didn’t see anybody saying it was canceled either, which means maybe it will be back for another season(?).

The trailer:

The reviews that follow are all SPOILER-FREE, so if you want a little more detail about each episode, my rating and review, keep reading.

Episode 1 – “Matchmaker”
Air date: April 4, 2017
Run time: 40 minutes

Adam, a lonely blogger (hey!) meets a date though a popular dating app. He falls in love a little too quickly and finds out things aren’t all that they seem — with the dating app, with his date and with himself.

2019 was the year for movies involving artificial intelligence (AI) on phones, dating and love mixed with technology, which this episode digs deep into. Make-A-Match.com is the site that is referenced as the dating app. I looked that site up and it’s a missed opportunity by the showrunners to redirect to Dimension 404 page on Hulu (at the least).

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Episode 2 – “Cinethrax”
Air date: April 4, 2017
Run time: ? minutes

Comedian Patton Oswalt plays Uncle Dusty taking his teenage niece Chloe (Sarah Hyland) to see a new 3D movie. He brings his own special glasses that turn 3D into 2D (huh? Why?). Guess he’s the ultimate geek old Uncle. Chloe’s friends meet her at the theater and she wants to sit with them instead of Dusty, so he takes the seat behind.

Things get weird when Dusty sees a black snake-like creature emerge from the screen, trying to reach him and suck his brain. He’s kicked out of the theater, only to realize Chloe is left in danger and wants to stay with her friends, unknowing the horror on screen that awaits.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Episode 3 – “Chronos”
Air date: April 4, 2017
Run time: 43 minutes

A physicist grows up watching a superhero cartoon and suddenly one day she wakes up and the superhero is gone. He’s left the world, pulling a Last Action Hero and come into her world.

My least favorite episode, it just drags.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Episode 4 – “Polybius”
Air date: April 11, 2017
Run time: 45 minutes

A new game appears in an arcade called Polybius and a young gamer wants to learn its secrets so he can write about and review it in a gaming magazine. Soon, he realizes the game is more sinister than it appears.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Episode 5 – “Bob”
Air date: April 18, 2017
Run time: 42 minutes

A soldier psychologist is assigned by the NSA to counsel a supercomputer that is a gigantic brain with an eye and is named Bob. The computer is having a psychological malfunction causing it to be unable to track a criminal and the soldier is sent to counsel.

Something about a big sweaty brain is a bit comical. In a way this episode loosely reminds me of the classic Twilight Zone episode “From Agnes With Love” sans the romantic implications.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️½

Episode 6 – “Impulse”
Air date: April 25, 2017
Run time: 46 minutes

A special energy drink becomes inspiration for a First Person Shooter (FPS) gamer. It’s just the edge needed to get to that next level, slowing down time. The problem is the time and advantage gained is multiplied by the “snap” when the user comes back to reality and misses an amount of time based on how much was consumed.

The whole bounce back like a rubber band with time was used creatively. I liked how this ended. My favorite episode of the first (and only, seemingly) season.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary

Can see why this wasn’t renewed for a second season. Am wondering if maybe they split it into two anthology movies it would have been better served. If you’re a diehard fan of anthologies, like me, then it’s worth watching, but wouldn’t put it too high on the watch list. Instead, check out Upload ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ on Amazon or the aforementioned Black Mirror (see: TV REVIEW: Black Mirror Season 1 – All 3 Episodes Rated and Reviewed).

Overall Season One Review: ⭐️⭐️½