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Set between 2037 and 2070, in a world where climate inaction has impacted everyone, eight interconnected stories depict daily life around the world. There’s some good news: Cancer has been cured, Israel and Palestine have made peace, and Mars seems to be “an option.” But then there’s the bad news: Temperatures have risen, Miami is flooding, wildfires are (more) rampant, and curfews are in place where “heat rage” is wreaking havoc. The throughline across the stories and timeline is Nick Bilton (Kit Harington), CEO of a sprawling company with its tentacles in everything from water supplies to grain, holograms, and smart home devices.
Created by Scott Z. Burns, screenwriter behind Contagion, each episode is driven by a different star cast, with names like Meryl Streep, Edward Norton, Forest Whitaker, Kit Harington, Gemma Chan, Matthew Rhys, Kerry Russell, Marion Cotillard, Sienna Miller, Tobey Maguire, Heather Graham, Daveed Diggs, Tahar Rahim, Indira Varma…and more.
A riveting look at what our lives could look like beginning just 14 years from now, Extrapolations is the most ambitious sci-fi series to tackle climate change to date, one that explores a mind-blowing scope of issues — and the choices that everyone will be required to face in their wake.
Blending close-to-home story arcs with eco disasters and a macro view of what has led to them, the episodes are threaded together by a larger narrative, one that’s underlined by a call to action: These are stories that could be prevented. The first episode reveals how.
It can be a difficult watch, but it’s made easier and more compelling by the sprawling big-name cast, a mix of lighter tones interspersed with the heavier stories, and the provocative imagining of what could lie ahead.
An urgent, grounded, all-star sci-series that far exceeds the scope of any other, Extrapolations will grab your attention and make you think. Expect to be hearing about this one come Emmy season.
With a TV-MA rating and heavier themes, this one is for adults. You’ll want to watch it with someone, as you’ll likely feel the need to talk about it afterward. Also: watch it with your phone and a list like this UN Act Now guide handy, as you’ll feel the need to take some action.