The Periphery is taking virtual reality to a whole new extreme.
In Prime Video’s latest sci-fi soirée (the premiere is available to stream now, with new episodes arriving Fridays), a small-town young woman named Flynne Fisher (Chloe Grace Moretz) gets her hands on a futuristic gaming headset that Ultimately, she and her family are at risk. What she initially believes to be fictional realities feels more real than ever as she and her brother quickly learn that the system they’re testing in beta isn’t just a game. It’s way more dangerous than that.
Read on for a recap of Episode 1 (and be sure to check out Dave Nemetz’s review here).
In London 2099, a guy named Wilf sits on a park bench and watches the city around him while a young girl named Aelita (who appears to be an avatar?) sits down. He says she saved his life; She says she’ll save the world (but not “our world”). It’s all very cryptic and intentional.
Somewhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2032 we meet Flynne, a young woman taking care of her ailing, bedridden mother. Her brother Burton lives in a trailer outside and is strapped into a diesel gaming chair, VR goggles and all. The duo are testing videos to be able to afford living, which includes their mother’s very expensive medication. As Burton leaves the hot seat to his sister, we see that Flynne is quite the gamer herself.
Flynn works at a 3D printing shop, where her colleague says Burton received a “remote control gizmo.” The package contains components that aren’t even patented yet, and since the customer requested a chain of custody, Flynne has to scan her eyeball to bring it home.
Burton is hired to beta test this cutting-edge VR concoction, and the longer they play, the more they earn. We learn that Flynne’s gaming skills actually surpass her brother’s, so he needs her help with testing. She reluctantly agrees and puts the teat on her head. The device doesn’t have a screen, but when she counts backwards from 10, she’s speeding through London at night on a motorbike. A voice asks if it’s like other Sims she’s experienced, but it’s not; she can feeling everything that happens to the avatar (who is currently her brother in the sim). The voice guides them to Buckingham Palace and tells them to go inside.
There is a company party going on and she is supposed to approach a woman named Marielle and convince her to take her home. Flynne completes the task quickly. She is then ordered to KO the lady with a mysterious substance in a vial, but as soon as she does so, she is attacked by the robot driver. There is a fierce scramble, but Flynne is able to take it out and jump into the driver’s seat. She moves to a new place and meets the woman who is the voice in her head. After a few cryptic what-if questions, the woman says they will continue the mission tomorrow.
Flynne comes out of the simulation and she’s high, that is, until she gets dizzy and has to sit down. When she recovers, she goes to a bar to buy some pills for her mother, but she doesn’t have enough money. Conner, an amputee, comes to her defense, and the way he talks, so is he Not one to mess with. The drug dealer and his cronies finally give her what she needs. Inside, the dealer’s boss isn’t happy they were confronted by a drunk, disabled man. He bangs his employee’s face against a glass to make him look weak.
When she goes back to see her brother, Flynne sees that he is crippled with pain; Its back is adorned with luminous spots and pulsing veins. The next morning, her mother reveals that Burton gave her his extra pills. Seems this family can never take a break.
Flynne goes into the sim again, and this time she wakes up (still as Burton) on an operating table. There is an eyeball in a jar and the woman from last time orders people to pull out “Burton’s” eye and replace it with the glass eye. (I hope you’re not being squeamish!) Flynne wakes up in a car. They reach a building and the new eye gives Flynne access. You take an elevator down and enter a long hallway. They are being followed by a man who wants to kill them. He calls the mysterious woman “Aelita” and throws her down with a sonic boom. “Burton” realizes that his hand looks robotic, and while playing tangos with the villain, Aelita escapes. “Burton” gets a sonic boom in his head, and when that happens, Flynne wakes up and throws up. “Never again!” she screams.
The next day, she tells her friend Billy about the new technology. “I can’t help but believe I was actually there,” she says. “Not just in another sim.” Well, that’s a bit annoying, isn’t it?
While at work, Flynne gets a ping on her SmartWatch from Wilf, who tells her that she is in grave danger and that she needs to log back into the simulation. She tells him not to call her again. As he closes his work, Wilf contacts her again via the store’s tech. He says her family is the target of an assassination attempt and if she doesn’t get back in touch, he won’t be able to help her. She grabs her things and flees. When she tells her brother and his friends what happened, they laugh about it. For Hahas, they fly up a drone to see if anyone is near them and find a group of men hiding in the woods. And I don’t know what exactly these men are shooting at the Fisher house (some kind of explosive device?), but it tip be good.
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