We certainly do like our dystopian speculative fiction here at SBS, don’t we? Where else can you catch up with the misogynistic madness of Gilead before watching cyborg dogs hunt down the last ragged remnants of humanity with an evening double feature of The Handmaid’s Tale and War of the Worlds?
You might think we’d be keen for something a little more uplifting in our televisual diet, given that we’re 18 months into a global pandemic, with all the attendant death, disruption and economic catastrophe that entails, but it’s not so: bleak shows about bleak futures are so hot right now. Why? Because, despite their dark subject matter, they have a lot to teach us about hope.