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The Peripheral (Amazon Prime)

"Set in the future when technology has subtly altered society, a woman discovers a secret connection to an alternate reality as well as a dark future of her own."

Near future nonsense, of course, but just enough of a nod to possibility to make it almost compulsive viewing. Aided by some great casting in Moretz and on-screen brother Jack Reynor, this has more than enough smarts so far (end of episode three, releasing on Amazon Prime on a Friday) to look like being a great first season.

It's insanely daft, of course, in the same way that The Matrix was philosophically curious but no less for it, assuming you do a better job of leaving reality at the door than Moretz does here, who is suitably and authentically gobsmacked to begin with. She (her character, Flynne) warms to her mind-bending role quickly. The special effects are great, sometimes even innovative, but more often executed well, even if lacking originality.

I'm up to date so far, and looking forward to its continuation, which must say something for the hold it has on its audience, even if I am only one. Keen to see where this goes and if it has the legs to make it to the end with the credibility it has clearly started with. Time will tell.

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