Unlike “Black Mirror” though, NBC’s series doesn’t seem like it will get too bogged down with misanthropy and nihilism. The virtual reality setting is a blank canvas that invites play, and the procedural element of Mara regularly retrieving lost souls gives the series an optimistic and hopeful bent. There’s plenty of fun here, but with enough pathos to add weight.
Reverie is brightly colored and nicely designed when it’s tripping. But it’s also all over the place, and probably not worth the overall trouble of trying to grasp whatever the rules of this game are, were or will be.
Suffice it to say there are all kinds of major design flaws that are also, of course, essential to the premise. ... The cast is good, full of pleasantly familiar faces, and there is admirable color-blind casting in the main parts. And for some viewers, a half-baked sci-fi procedural melodrama seasoned with tears and hugs--a sort of psychedelic "This Is Us," to cite the network's new flagship--may be just what the dream doctor ordered.
For those looking for a smart series to fuel debates about the implications of virtual reality, you'll instead find some network-level special effects and armchair psychology. But if you're looking for a case-of-the-week procedural dealing with grief, loss and escapism, Reverie will do the trick.
Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings
Jun 11, 2018Yes, it is kind of like a mainstream network's version of Black Mirror, but it was still entertaining. Sarah Shahi was definitely theYes, it is kind of like a mainstream network's version of Black Mirror, but it was still entertaining. Sarah Shahi was definitely the highlight of the show and makes some of the weirdness work more than it probably should. There is a strong supporting cast and they do a good job with the material (except for Jessica Lu). It isn't going to win any awards, but it has an interesting premise and was engaging enough for me to want to keep watching. I think it has potential, and I hope people give it a chance.… Full Review »
Aug 8, 2018Watched couple of episodes and during each of them new questions pop up.
How on earth would a company let people actually use reverie whenWatched couple of episodes and during each of them new questions pop up.
How on earth would a company let people actually use reverie when they have no save way of extracting people, even against their will?
If someone doesn't come back, the relatives will sue the company.
If someone comes back, but was in there for too long and having lost his/her job, he/she will sue the company.
If someone experiences a trauma during a session he/she will sue the company.
I could go on an on. Lawsuits over lawsuits.
Maybe I missed that part, but how can you inject yourself inside a dream, when a dream has no location and you don't know what it is? I probably missed it...
The show relies too much on people inside reverie not believing Mara that they're in danger and that they have to get out.
So, they have to do a lot of 'research' and have to talk to a friend/relative which don't want to talk to Mara at first but open up to her after 2 questions because of her super-duper negotiating skills...Hmpf. Call me a macho, but that feels too much like a show aimed at women.
Mara's back story is not very original, but ok.
The former co-owner of reverie seems to be a dangerous enough opponent.
The show tries to throw issues like terrorism and government abuse of the technology into the mix.
But you would expect that nowadays. It's just a little too arbitrary.
The show has an interesting premise, but the execution suffers due to the obvious flaws in the entire concept. If questions like the above (and more) pop up watching an episode,
it's just not enough fun.
All in all, it's not compelling enough for me but it will appeal to an audience.
How big that audience is...we'll see.… Full Review »
Aug 3, 2018Great subject matter - similar to the 1995 movie Strange Days - Director: Kathryn Bigelow. Sarah Shahi makes the show and I feel like the setGreat subject matter - similar to the 1995 movie Strange Days - Director: Kathryn Bigelow. Sarah Shahi makes the show and I feel like the set design could have been a bit more futuristic but the show as is seems plausible which lures you in.… Full Review »