“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

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Is anyone else as obsessed with this show as I am? I’m absolutely loving being immersed in its terrifying, apocalyptic nightmare world. The writing, cinematography, performances and recreation of the locations are all amazing.
 
But what I’m finding most sobering and grimly addictive is its reflection on a world where the truth is kept hostage to institutional power. Not so much bureaucracy gone nuts as the spark of humanity almost completely crushed under the boot of toxic egos, macho groupthink and blind totalitarian idiocy. The arse-covering, blame-storming and rejection of scientific knowledge are just the tip of the iceberg that stretches out into the sinister machinations of The Party. The whole thing reminds me of that George Orwell quote – “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
 
And yet, despite all that, the visceral heroism of the firemen, miners, medical workers, military staff and scientists who gave their lives to prevent the situation going from ‘really f**ked up’ to ‘REALLY REALLY REALLY F**KED UP’ is heart-breaking and inspiring. Loving it, can’t wait for the last episode.

About antmelder
Creative Partner at Coffee Cocoa Gunpowder. Passionate vegetarian; lover of books, boxing and Bruce Springsteen; speaker of bad Cantonese.

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