The Peripheral Season 1 Ep 3 is the third instalment of a 2022 American science fiction cyberpunk drama streaming television series executive produced and created by Scott Smith. Produced by Amazon, it is based on the 2014 book of the same name written by William Gibson. Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy serve as executive producers, along with Athena Wickham, Steve Hoban, and Vincenzo Natali.
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Entitled “Haptic Drift”, The Peripheral Season 1 Ep 3 follows the pattern laid out in the first two chapters so far. Meaning: Quite a fair bit of exposition with scattered scenes of violence. The exposition is probably necessary due to the sheer amount of information that needs to be conveyed to the audience in order for them to appreciate what is happening on screen. There is also exposition related to a couple of key characters here as well.
We receive crucial background on Corbell Pickett, the gang boss who rules the town like his own in protagonist Flynne’s time frame. The message is clear from that flashback – Pickett is not a man to be trifled with. He is a ruthless killer for whom the ends always justify the means. In addition, in the London of the future, we find out the connection between Wilf Netherton and Aleita – they are adoptive siblings.
The Peripheral Season 1 Ep 3 also provides intriguing insights into the peripheral tech. These are avatar-like androids in which anyone can inhabit through a neural connection. Thus, in one scene, we are told that tourists can actually visit other countries through a peripheral. Theoretically, this allows a person to perform dangerous tasks through these peripherals.
By the end of the episode, the diabolical Research Institute (RI) catches up with Flynne’s peripheral and Wilf but the duo manage to defeat the RI operative. Still more ponderous than desirable but compelling enough to continue with the series. Recommended.
Watch The Peripheral on Amazon.
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