5 Reasons You Should Be Watching Syfy's 'Incorporated'

Monday, 19 December 2016 - 5:04PM
Monday, 19 December 2016 - 5:04PM
5 Reasons You Should Be Watching Syfy's 'Incorporated'
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Syfy's new dystopian series Incorporated has aired four episodes now, but in spite of its impressive pedigree and decent ratings, there's been relatively little buzz about it. But the lack of buzz belies the quality of the show, as it's a slick and well-produced piece of science fiction that's becoming more relevant by the minute. Here are five reasons you should be watching this prediction of our future fun little dystopian show:

It's more timely than ever

Broadly speaking, Incorporated is fall's answer to Mr. Robot, but that timing makes it even more relevant to our current political climate than we would have hoped. The notion of corporations taking over the world is not a new one, but the devil is in the details, and the combination of class warfare, the ravages of climate change, and a brief mention of a wall to prevent immigration during a time of crisis, Incorporated often feels like a terrifying picture of our worst-case scenario. With electors casting their votes for Donald Trump today, a president-elect who has exploited tensions between perceived haves and have-nots and has called climate change a "hoax," we're going to need shows like Incorporated to remind us of all the terrible things that could happen if humanity doesn't get its act together.

The production values are outstanding

Syfy was not holding anything back with this show, and the production value is amazing. While there are many aspects of the show that deserve praise, the most impressive is surely the well-realized dystopian world, which clearly reflects effort in every little detail (not to mention lots of money). While the ultra-corporate Green Zones resemble several other cinematic dystopias, the slums of the Red Zones are much more original and hit much harder, portraying a world on the constant verge of collapse in a suitably unnerving manner.

It leaves you wanting more

In the age of Peak TV, there are plenty of well-produced, well-acted, reasonably entertaining shows, but not too many shows that will actually motivate you to keep watching. While Incorporated is still ramping up its central mysteries and character development, it has just enough intrigue, particularly when it comes to Aaron/Ben's true history, that you'll want to see what happens.

You'll catch a few geeky familiar faces

Aside from veteran film actress Julia Ormond, the main actors in Incorporated are relative unknowns. But among the supporting actors, there are a few faces that fans of geek culture will recognize, most notably David Hewlett of Stargate Atlantis fame and Dennis Haysbert, who played the president on 24 (and is also the Allstate guy, just saying). Haysbert in particular seems to have a significant role as one of the faces of the evil corporate government, and fans of 24 will brace themselves seeing this charismatic actor use his considerable powers for evil.

It's in good hands

As with any new show, there are occasional flaws—in particular a few clunky lines of dialogue—but most great shows take a little while to find their footing. With huge talent such as Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Jennifer Todd, who has produced acclaimed films like Now and ThenAcross the Universe, Celeste and Jesse Forever, and the upcoming Live by Night, we're more than willing to go along for the ride.
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