By Dave B.
Dimension 404 is Hulu’s entry into the science fiction anthology genre. It’s…quirky. It isn’t as dark as Netflix’s Black Mirror tends to be. And it isn’t as future-focused as Amazon’s Electric Dreams. Instead, it’s episodes are relatively lighthearted parables dealing with issues such as love, courage, and honor in modern settings. Dimension 404’s six, forty-five minute episodes are a refreshing change of pace from the doom and gloom that many science fiction anthologies seem to revel in.
Perhaps the thing that I liked best about Dimension 404 is that the episodes continually improve as the series progresses. Episode five (Bob) is far and away my favorite. It manages to touch on several contentious issues such as ubiquitous global surveillance and the assassination of terrorist suspects, while ultimately conveying a hopeful tone about the good of which people are capable. However, the episode also serves as an example of Dimension 404’s biggest weakness: it’s lighthearted tone and fairly short episodes can make it feel superficial, even when it attempts to address serious or complex issues.
Overall, I liked Dimension 404 quite a bit. I’m inclined to like science fiction that is more hopeful than not and, for the most part, the show’s episodes are optimistic about our capacity to be our best selves. If you are a fan of science fiction anthologies, I definitely suggest checking out this show. I also recommend Dimension 404 for those who aren’t necessarily into science fiction, but could use a bit more inspiration in their lives.
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