The Peripheral

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The Peripheral centers on Flynne Fisher, a woman trying to hold together the pieces of her broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrow's America. Flynne is smart, ambitious, and doomed. She has no future. Until the future comes calling for her. The Peripheral is master storyteller William Gibson’s dazzling, hallucinatory glimpse into the fate of mankind — and what lies beyond.
Starring
Chloe Grace MoretzJack ReynorGary Carr
Genres
Science FictionSuspenseDramaAction
Subtitles
English [CC]العربيةCatalàČeštinaDanskDeutschΕλληνικάEspañol (Latinoamérica)Español (España)EuskaraSuomiFilipinoFrançais (Canada)Français (France)Galegoעבריתहिन्दीMagyarIndonesiaItaliano日本語ಕನ್ನಡ한국어മലയാളംBahasa MelayuNorsk BokmålNederlandsPolskiPortuguês (Brasil)Português (Portugal)RomânăРусскийSvenskaதமிழ்తెలుగుไทยTürkçeУкраїнськаTiếng Việt中文(简体)中文(繁體)
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]ಕನ್ನಡItalianoDeutschதமிழ்עבריתIndonesiaPortuguês (Portugal)Tiếng ViệtEspañol (Latinoamérica)ΕλληνικάతెలుగుFrançais (France)Bahasa MelayuFrançais (Canada)Filipino日本語Português (Brasil)NederlandsമലയാളംEspañol (España)हिन्दीالعربيةPolskiČeštinaMagyarTürkçeไทยCatalàRomână

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  1. 1. Pilot
    October 20, 2022
    1 h 12 min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română
    Stuck in a small town without many prospects, Flynne Fisher is a brilliant gamer who works a dead end job to support her veteran brother and ailing mother. When her brother enlists her help playing an advanced video game known as a SIM , Flynne sees something she shouldn't, bringing real life danger to the family's doorstep.
  2. 2. Empathy Bonus
    October 20, 2022
    1 h 5 min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română
    Mercenaries raid the family home. Seeking answers, Flynne returns to the headset and learns it is not a game, but a time machine that goes 70 years into the future. Flynne makes a deal with Wilf and Lev and agrees to help find Aelita.
  3. 3. Haptic Drift
    October 27, 2022
    1 h 11 min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română
    Flynne and Wilf work together to find Aelita. Meanwhile, Burton takes steps to eliminate a new threat.
  4. 4. Jackpot
    November 3, 2022
    58min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română
    Flynne’s health takes a turn. Wilf visits Flynne in Clanton, deepening their relationship. Flynne learns the truth about her future.
  5. 5. What About Bob?
    November 10, 2022
    59min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română
    Flynne’s life is threatened again, forcing her to confront Cherise.
  6. 6. Fuck You and Eat Shit
    November 17, 2022
    1 h 1 min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română
    Flynne and Wilf discover Aelita’s ties to the Neoprims, who want to destroy London as we know it. Inspector Lowbeer makes her appearance in London and demands to meet Flynne, Burton and Conner.
  7. 7. The Doodad
    November 24, 2022
    55min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română
    Flynne, Burton and Conner meet with Lowbeer and are put to the test. Meanwhile, Ella’s life is in danger, and Tommy deals with the Sheriff and Corbell Pickett his own way.
  8. 8. The Creation of a Thousand Forests
    December 1, 2022
    58min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română
    Lev sabotages Flynne’s treatment. Ash finds an unlikely ally. Wilf discovers some unsettling truths about Aelita. Flynne tries to save her world from Cherise.

Trailers

  • The Peripheral - Season 1: Teaser Trailer
    2min
    16+

    The Peripheral centers on Flynne Fisher, a woman trying to hold together the pieces of her broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrow's America. Flynne is smart, ambitious, and doomed. She has no future. Until the future comes calling for her. The Peripheral is master storyteller William Gibson’s dazzling, hallucinatory glimpse into the fate of mankind — and what lies beyond.

Bonus

  • Inside the Peripheral
    1min
    16+

    Deep dive into the world of The Peripheral. Cast members and producers discuss the show and give viewers insight into what is a Peripheral.

  • Why Flynne?
    2min
    16+

    Meet Flynne Fisher, the unlikely heroine of The Peripheral played by Chloe Grace Moretz. Watch as the actors and producers discuss bringing this sci-fi Cinderella story to life.

  • World Premiere
    2min
    16+

    Join cast and crew at the thrilling Los Angeles Premiere of The Peripheral.

  • Clanton vs London
    1min
    16+

    A look at the immersive world-building of near-future Appalachia and distant-future London.

  • The Bad Guys
    2min
    16+

    Explore the Villains of Clanton and London. Dive deep into who these nefarious characters are and what is at stake for our heroes.

  • The Peripheral - Season 1: This Season on…
    3min
    16+

    This season on The Peripheral, the future holds the key to saving the past. From the creators of Westworld and based on the visionary novel by William Gibson, don’t miss this thrilling new sci-fi adventure.

More details

Directors
Vincenzo NataliAlrick Riley
Producers
Jonah NolanLisa JoyAthena Wickham
Season year
2022
Network
Amazon Studios
Content advisory
Nudityviolencesubstance usealcohol usesmokingfoul languagesexual content
Purchase rights
Stream instantly Details
Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

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4.5 out of 5 stars

2169 global ratings

  1. 81% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 7% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 3% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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CCGlazierReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Gibsonworld, the series.
Watched the first two episodes of 'The Peripheral', Amazon's adaptation of William Gibson's novel of the same name, and I confess I'm conflicted.

On one hand, Mr. Gibson is one of my favorite authors. He's on the very, very short list of writer's who's work I'll pre-order. I've read every book he's published - most of them three times. They changed the way I approach science fiction and writing at a fundamental level.

On the other hand, no book-to-screen adaptation is ever exact. It's a matter of medium and audience. Fair enough. So knowing that, I'm trying to take the show on it's own merits- as if I weren't familiar with the source material.

I think it was Ian Fleming who quipped that 'seeing your novel get turned into a movie was like watching a cow get turned into bullion cubes.' Which is kinda how I feel about this situation.

[I'll try to keep this spoiler-free]

With Amazon's funding and 'Westworld' creators at the helm, it's guaranteed shiny, slick, and sexy. Great visuals, action sequences, good writing, solid acting; above average TV. Worth the time spent, IMO.

As a reader and a fan of Mr. Gibson though, my problem is they've dissected the novel's plot and - so far, anyway - are cobbling the pieces into an entirely different beast. Too pretty and agile to be labelled Frankenstein, I'd call it 'Gibsonworld'; a series that borrows ingredients from 'The Peripheral' but is working off a totally different recipe.

Not only are major plot points very different - I spent the first two episodes going 'wait, what? what happened to the x? that's not how y and z went down. they mashed those events/characters together? where's the...? - but Mr. Gibson's social commentary, the interplay of art, technology, humanity, is conspicuously absent.

Yes, I'm sure there will be some 'what IS reality, Ms Fisher? what does it mean to be ALIVE?' musings, a la Westworld. But the flavor, the tone of the novel, of the author is not there. So the show rings jarringly off-key. For me, anyway.

I'll keep watching. Out of curiosity, if nothing else. But this hits my Uncanny Valley Unease dead center in the 'book-to-movie replication' experience.
103 people found this helpful
PopkaReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
MIght be OK but all this PC stuff kills it
Lets see-girl way better than older brother in FPS game-riiight. White guys so far are nasty drug dealers but the crippled hero is ..wait for it..black. No more than half of future elite London is even Caucasian. Quit shoving this PC crap down our throats, will you Amazon? And FYI Rings of Power was painful to watch for similar reasons.
99 people found this helpful
B.A.Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Quite Good.
The first two episodes were great. Original out of the box Si Fi. William Gibson's fingerprints all over it.

The third episode descends into a woke soap opera, with predictable villain's, gratuitous violence, and sadism and of course the mandatory interracial sex.

I rated the first two episodes 5*, this last one, I would rate 0 if I could... I do not watch daytime soaps... even enhanced ones.

My impression is the first was done to sell the series... and the 2nd was a continuation of that. The third looks like what the remainder of this will be (its sold, now we can just go through the motions).

I will be dropping this one.
91 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Off to a very interesting start.
So far, this series is looking interesting and keeps you wanting to see the next one. The story hooks you the actors have interesting development. No crazy hidden political agenda or diversity check boxes ruining the show but know knowing the source material I could be completely wrong. Nice to have a original organic entertainment that is not a PR for a political party or one-sided ideology. The character development does not seem to be making a point of over Hyper emphasizing entertainments obsession with diversity check boxes over quality entertainment. Hope the show runners keep it that way. After reviewing some of the comments I notice a trend happening with Entertainment that takes great written works of Fantasy and Syfy books and attempts to take the canvas of a great work of art then drawn all over it to somehow prove how good one is a doing that. The acting, filming, editing, writing and story up to this point are technically good. However, having reviewed people’s comments who love and are fans of the original source material they are a bit concerned. The complete reimagining of the story itself is problematic. The problem that manifests itself is that if you are going to take the original characters, world and make an adaptation of the source material then one would expect the show runners to stay true to the story and make slight changes due to time constraints budgets etc. but not completely toss out the goose that laid the golden egg. I feel that the new generation of showrunners, producers and writers have forgotten that to take a great work of art one does not alter that then call it the same work of art. The current trend that seems to be doing this to the Wheel of Time, Rings of Power, and others is concerning especially since Amazon production studio, Disney and others are consistently hiring people who take way too much artistic license to adapt something into a mockery of the original. I am still giving the show 4 start because being a 3rd party observer of this content I do not have the book’s point of reference to base things on, so I critique what is presented in the film medium. I hope the show runners continue to respect the original artwork and not deviate to far from it.
67 people found this helpful
W. WoodReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Show; just one complaint.
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I love the show; the plot, though intricate, just stops short of confusing and intriguing enough to keep one interested. The acting is great - a superb cast. My only complaint is the constant use of the "F"-bomb. I served twelve years in the Army and am no prude, but I don't think fitting a single adjective before every noun is particularly creative writing and dulls otherwise great dialogue. But I find it a common complaint (for me) with a lot of what is put out these days and maybe I'm just a dinosaur.
35 people found this helpful
Exceptional ReviewReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Exceptionally thrilling and unique
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This is probably the most fascinating take on time travel to ever grace the screen. The acting and production in this series are absolutely top notch. The world building is perfected and never leaves the viewer confused between environments. Even better are the characters that fill it! Chemistry between the Flynn gang is something you can’t fake. To see them face off against so many different factions gives the show an unpredictable element that keeps one engaged. My only complaint is that I have to wait a week between episodes. This is exactly what I needed after finishing The Expanse. I love the direction this is taking the Sci-Fi genre and hope it’s success spurs more shows like it! Give us ALLLL THE SEASONS!!!!
22 people found this helpful
Lisa SheaReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Immersive Experience with Intriguing Characters
There are two ways to approach a TV / Movie version of an established novel. One is to read the novel(s) first, to get the characters established in your head. Then, when you see the movie at some later point, you can spend the entire time having arguments with yourself about "I thought she would look like X" or "I thought the location should be more like Y". For example, I absolutely adore Philip K. Dick and read every thing he published. When the movie versions started coming out, every experience was quite jarring. They were sometimes extremely far off from the base material. As much as I adore Blade Runner, it was not anything like its original base story. So I also own every film version of PKD's works now, and I think of them as entirely separate entities.

When I heard The Peripheral was coming out, I made sure to stay FAR away from reading the story. Somehow I had made it this far in my long life of adoring SciFi without reading it (I know, but my TBR pile is **massive**) so I resolved to keep it that way. That way I could enjoy this series for what it had to offer, without any preconceived notions about what the story should or should not have been like. I'll read the base content after this series is done.

That being said, I have seen a LOT of SciFi TV series and movies. It's a genre I adore. So it's sort of hard to watch anything in this realm without comparisons popping in my head. I do my best to push those away.

It's sort of a trope that the main characters often start as every-day people that get drawn into something larger. So it wasn't too much of a surprise to begin with a Southern not-great-job rural young woman along with her not-quite-grown-up but capable brother. It almost had a Sookie Stackhouse feel to it. In this case the world isn't vampires, but is a virtual reality. Almost instantly we discover that the entire world isn't quite what it seems and that the people often have mind-boggling powers. (cue vampires and werewolves, jedi, etc. etc.)

I like how the storyline draws you quite quickly into this 'larger world' notion while the characters have to figure out their footing in order to stay alive. I enjoy the special effects used to show the different worlds and how they present themselves. There have been SO many shows recently involving VR. I like the balance they use here. I like that the main character is sometimes not taken seriously and gets to draw from her inner strength. Sometimes, though, the leaps of her going from unsure to perfectly-competent are a bit too quick. I'd appreciate it more if the character had even a little time to grow, so that we could take that journey with her.

It's freeing in a situation like this to NOT have read the source material and feel compelled to keep comparing back with it. I am enjoying watching this story unfold in this specific presentation. There are times when I'm grumpy about something and wonder if it was the source material's fault or the adaptation's fault, but as I mentioned I'm going to wait until the entire series is finished to read the story so I don't impact how I watch it. So I'll just have to wait and see on that.

Well recommended, from the point of view of a haven't-yet-read-the-book SciFi enthusiast.
46 people found this helpful
Andre L. MagyarReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
VERY different from the book!
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I had heard this show was going to be in production right around when I had read the book originally about 2 years ago. The book I found presented a lot of very interesting speculation regarding geopolitics and commented on the nature of what humans will do to get ahead, within whatever system they inhabit. When first reading about the show I had expected it to basically adhere as much as was feasible to the book's plot, with events happening in the same order, the characters recreated as faithfully as possible, etc. Basically I had expected what anyone should expect from a good TV adaption, and given who the producers were I was especially optimistic about what we might be getting.

Well, this is not the case here. The story has been completely rewritten for The Peripheral in this show, events happen completely out of order, many events from the book don't happen at all, an entire section of the world and characters to go along with it are just added in, and the show elaborates on a lot of things which were left to the reader's imagination in the book. The book had fewer characters and was a slightly more focused story (as focused a story as something like this can be, at least). The worst part for me is the pacing, the show is much more in-your-face with the action and begins very revelatory events just straight from the get-go, there's no building of suspense as Gibson had originally written it, no noir, and after that the story immediately veers off in its own direction. Moreover, the parts of the show's world that are also present in the book are quite different. While the basic set pieces are the same, the near future in the show is much less bleak than it was in the book, whereas the farther future in the show is bleaker than what Gibson had written, although only in appearance. This doesn't matter so much for the far future but it is somewhat immersion breaking in the near future. Characters in one timeline are recreated quite faithfully (for the most part), even if the actions they end up taking are very different in key areas, while characters in the other timeline are for the most part completely rewritten, they have different backstories and different current stories, many characters are missing, and several new characters are just piled in there, making the story more expanded.

For those who haven't read the book, don't confuse this for a negative review, the show is good, it's fine, there's a reason I'm giving this 4 stars. Amazon's The Peripheral definitely worth watching. Despite most of the characters in the show differing significantly from the book (differing in worse ways if you ask me) and the storyline being completely different, all of the changes are consistent within the world the show creates. On its own, the story of the show makes sense and is well written, dialogue and exposition are intelligent, and there's even some literary depth to the writing. This being a high budget production, things such as effects, costumes, sets, etc are all very professionally done and easy to watch. There are several gripping scenes throughout the episodes, and despite revelatory items in the book having their beans spilled right away in the show, the show has its own revelations to tactically sprinkle throughout the episodes, keeping us viewers engaged, there's a mystery here too, just a different one. There are many more events happening in the show compared to the book, likely so they can fill two seasons with the story on hand here.

Below I will highlight some specific differences, ONLY look further if you've already read the book.

! ! ! SPOILERS BELOW ! ! !

Starting with the characters, here in the show there is no Daedra, there is no garbage patch, and consequently there is no mystery regarding who killed Aelita because Aelita is a completely different person here, actually related to Netherton. For that matter Rainey isn't in the show either, only briefly mentioned in the first couple of episodes. Lev is not at all like he is in the book, much more overtly sinister, with a "bad guy" persona that he didn't possess in the book, where, as you recall he was more of an advanced hobbyist who could be a bit meek at times. On the subject of Lev, the entire operation in the future with Flynne is different as well, there is no garage, no big Mercedes (likely due to budget reasons), the entire parts of the show at Lev's house take place around his kitchen. Netherton doesn't have a drinking problem, Ash isn't pale or very bohemian, Lowbeer appears way later and also isn't pale. I don't want to go too much further as I don't wish to completely spoil the events of the show.

In terms of the near future, characters are mostly accurate, the thing that's very different to how I imagined it however is the setting. The town they live in is quite nice actually, not at all like the terribly run down, drug infested, foggy Tennessee (I think) town in the book. Corbell's house is nice, even, he has his drug operations elsewhere (again likely due to budget reasons). There's no foam on the inside of the airstream, and the area around it is much closer to the house than it was in the book and significantly less muddy (that's just a small thing though). The town itself is also almost idyllic, the roads are nice, all of the places I imagined in the book as being separate buildings kind of in the middle of nowhere are actually all part of the downtown, Jimmy's place is a town bar, the Fab looks like it was built in a repurposed laundromat, and everyone has relatively fresh-looking vehicles, no Chinese paper cars anywhere to be found. The far future events which affect the near future are also completely different, for starters the neural cut-out is revealed right away and initially meant for Burton instead of Flynne, there's also no initial part of the future that Flynne plays on her phone thinking it's a game, it's just straight into the Peripheral. Again, from there the story takes a completely different direction, both in the present and in the future. I feel like some of Gibson's swagger with worldbuilding is lost in the translation from book to show, and I doubt the show will end up being as cynical in parts (Daedra) and hopeful in others (Lowbeer) as Gibson's original book was, it also leaves much less to the imagination, and generally feels a little more muted in a literary sense. Not everything the show changed is bad, for example the events which took place during the jackpot are very elaborately described, giving some nice story, and the show has quite the interconnected story in its own right, the new characters add some more understandability to the far future world. Still, I will always be a bit sad that the show isn't a faithful recreation of Gibson's "The Peripheral". That's why I will call this Amazon's "The Peripheral".
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