If there is a somewhat invisible platform that has the potential to compete among the most popular today, that is Apple TV+. The apple company’s VOD service has some of the most beloved series of the moment, as well as big hits like Ghosted that, despite their dismal quality, work among the general public.
Add to that the fact that Apple TV+ is behind the NBA rights and so many other surprises, and it is clear that there is a great future competitor to Netflix on the ground. And the last great series they have released this month proves it: Silo.
Released last May 5, Silo has become one of the most powerful science fiction proposals so far this year, if not the most. It’s a thoughtful, gripping and dystopian epic that takes an epopoeic base to tell a story full of twists and turns. And it has won us over without us being able to help it. But before going into depth, let’s watch the trailer:
Silo: a series in which nothing is as it seems
The synopsis of Silo is already very interesting. It is based on the Silo Trilogy (Espejismo / Wool, Desolación / Shift and Vestigios / Dust) by Hugh Howey, one of the best-selling science fiction of recent years, and it is a success that was born, we could say, to move to the small or big screen at some point.
The story is set in the distant future. Only 10,000 people have survived on the entire Earth and now it is a barren surface where nothing has survived, neither plants nor any kind of life. Anything that comes to the surface dies of asphyxiation ipso facto, and no kind of containment suit or ship is able to cope.
Therefore, these 10,000 survivors live cloistered in a silo, a place underground where they are protected from the threats that, apparently, are beyond the place where they live. However, no one knows exactly why they are there; they only know that they must stay in place to survive, and through a scientific field they try to return to the surface as soon as possible, with the idea of repopulating the planet in the near future.
But such a large community in such a confined and suffocating space brings its own problems, and these are not long in coming. Factions, sects and families of different kinds are created, at odds with each other, and the tension rises ever harder and faster.
The protagonist of the story is Juliette (Rebecca Ferguson, who also has an essential role in Dune), an engineer looking for answers about the murder of a loved one. But in search of these answers, she stumbles upon something much bigger: a mystery that goes beyond anything she could have ever imagined, and the secrets that lie behind this seemingly peaceful society. Juliette is torn between telling the truth and continuing to investigate, or turning away so as not to risk her life. But she is not one to keep quiet.
The silo authorities will be the ones to make it difficult for Juliette. They can’t allow the protagonist to find out the truth, and they know that the whole society they have formed could be shaken if it comes to light. The series is full of mysteries, plot twists, secrets and betrayals that are superimposed one on top of the other, with an absolute mastery of the script and performances worthy of admiration.
Alongside Ferguson, who plays one of the most difficult and committed roles of his career, we find a top-notch cast. Rashida Jones (The Office) crowns the series with a spectacular performance, as well as David Oyelowo, Common, Tim Robbins, Will Patton, Harriet Walter and Iain Glen. Without a doubt, if you don’t yet have Apple TV+, Silo is the perfect opportunity to approach the platform and discover a catalog that goes far beyond this sci-fi epic that is conquering the world.
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