Future is a documentary series consisting of short episodes (each about 20 minutes) that revolve around what the future of a certain subject or topic will be like. For example, the first two episodes focus on “The Future of Dogs” and “The Future of Dating”. The first six episodes (six more on June 28) focus on the future of houseplants, cheeseburgers, games and space vacations. Yes, the topics are a bit scattered.
Initial shot: CGI animation of a faceless person walking through a futuristic automatic sliding door. “Here’s a familiar routine,” says narrator Jernie Smollett, “you come home from work and shout, “Hi! I’m home!” A CGI dog runs up. “What do all those barks and wiggles really mean?” Smollett asks.
Essence: The structure of each issue is the same: interviews with experts are interspersed with conversations with ordinary people who have something to say on the topic. In the dog sequence, for example, the filmmakers go to a dog park and talk to several owners, as well as talking to an experienced dog trainer who has a good understanding of the various non-verbal cues that dogs use to communicate. Each episode also features an interview with a “celebrity”: in the dogs episode, we hear from rapper and dog breeder Big Boi, and in the dating episode, we hear from Love is blind’Giannina Gibelli.
The episodes take up the issue and what the researchers are studying — ways to translate barks and wiggles into English, or dating apps that nudge people into “nice encounters” — and show what’s possible in the near and far future.
What series does this remind you of? fresh tone Future reminiscent of Explanation series, and given the fact that the edition of Vox edge supports the series, that makes sense.
Our opinion: Future this is not a show that tries to get too deep into the topic. Between Smollett’s dialogue narration, a rudimentary CGI animation showing some of the concepts being developed, fun interviews with both experts and regular people, and “celebrity interviews”, the show doesn’t try to go into all the ethical and other implications. where these visions of the future might lead.
For example, in the dogs episode, there is a brief mention by an expert that we can No want to know what our dogs are saying with their various barks, wags and wiggles, because we may not want to know. But another expert says our relationship with animals changes when we know we can communicate with them. But each issue, which in itself could fill an hour-long series, is only mentioned in passing. The same in the dating episode; developing “dating cute” for people requires collecting a ton of personal data, which can be inconvenient for people.
But that’s not really why you watch shows like Future. These are small vignettes that you can either swallow for a short period of time when you don’t feel like watching something that requires too much concentration, or are handy to use when you can’t decide what you want to see next. Like his cousin series Explanation, Future designed to give you the feeling of “Ha. Interesting,” and perhaps this is a tidbit of interesting information that you can put in the back of your brain to read about it later. Basically, it’s designed to entertain first and inform later, and it does a pretty good job at that.
Sex and skin: Nobody.
Parting Shot: Pictures of dogs in the dog park. “At this point, dogs are still our furry, cute little mysteries,” says Smollett.
Sleeping Star: Dogs, of course! We thought they were all cute little (and big!) furry balls, but we’re not sure if we’re ready to find out exactly what they think.
Most pilot line: “What if every morning when you leave for work your dog does believe that you’re gone forever? Smollett asks. Hmm, dog people don’t need advanced AI to know that their puppies aren’t the best indicator of how long ago their people are gone.
Our call: AFTER. Future this is a series that has good visuals, some funny interviews, and a few tidbits of information that might make you think for a second after watching each episode. This is a good show to watch over your morning coffee or in between full-length episodes. strange things, and that’s all it should be.
Joel Keller (ur.@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting and technology, but he doesn’t kid himself: he’s a TV junkie. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon, Rolling Stone.com, VanityFair.comFast Company, etc.