We watched the first episode of Extrapolations, an Apple TV+ series that looks at what the future might look like.

I don't think people will find it very entertaining. That is to say, I don't think it will have the effect its producers seem to intend. Briefly glancing at some of the reviews, I'm not alone in that assessment.

The series does depict the broad outlines of how I think things are going to look. Progress on some fronts, chiefly technology, will continue. There will be whizzy new things to distract us from the catastrophe unfolding before us.

Capitalists will continue to get rich. People will still be having babies. The most important things in people's lives won't be the disaster, it'll be the same things that are most important in people's lives absent a disaster, their families, their jobs, themselves, their money.

But it's not very well done. It's not satirically funny, I didn't relate to any of the characters, nearly all of which were more caricatures than people, and it's not frightening in an immediate sort of way.

Originally posted at Nice Marmot 09:49 Monday, 20 March 2023