Silo is a gripping tale of a futuristic society that may not be all that it seems.
Silo was named as one to watch in our recent round table discussion on the So Many Shows podcast. The new original from Apple TV+ becomes available on May 5th. The show is based on a book series from author Hugh Howey, who also serves as an executive producer on Silo. I became invested very early on while previewing the series’ initial episodes.
Read on to find out what you can expect from the sci-fi series based on our preview of episodes 1 and 2.
David Oyelowo plays Holston the current sheriff of the Silo, who is there to enforce the many rules of the cylindrical underground dwelling. An unnamed event has forced the last remnants of the human race to call the Silo their home. Outside is not an option due to the toxic environment rendered from mysterious circumstances.
Rules and relics
Residents are sworn to respect and protect the history of the Silo even though no one seems to know how it really came to be. Rules are a big deal in the Silo, so naturally some will choose to question them. This curiosity sets the story in motion.
Speaking of rules, there can be serious consequences for keeping “relics” of the “before times”. A group called Judicial seems to make all the decisions while monitoring everyone else’s. Interestingly, the residents and workers at the very bottom of the mile-deep Silo are doing the work that keeps the Silo running.
There is a fantastic mix of futuristic and industrial style decor. Some aspects of the apartments are reminiscent of a space capsule. Meanwhile people are still walking up down the seemingly endless stairs spiraling down the structure. As far as deliveries, imagine UPS on foot, no vehicles, just people climbing up and down the floors carrying supplies on their backs. Hazy windows give a glimpse of the dreary world outside.
It only takes one
The vast majority of Silo‘s residents appear to fall in line with the rules, but it only takes one person to initiate doubts about the origins of the enormous underground structure. And it only takes one to question whether the outside is really as bad as they have been told. Silo gives a very compelling introduction to these seeds of doubt as they emerge.
Rebecca Ferguson plays Juliette Nichols, an engineer working at the bottom of the Silo. We come to root for her early on in her relentless pursuit of the truth. I look forward to watching her character chip away at the complex layers of the narrative that has sustained the Silo for 140 years.
The plot boasts mystery, adventure and high stakes all in a unique setting that we learn more about along the way. Impressive production design gives the sensation of being trapped in this place. There is only so far you can go unless you break the biggest rule of all!
Watch for the arrival of Silo on Apple TV+ beginning May 5th.
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