I'm two episodes in on this three-episode mini-series (warning, spoilers). The sets are amazing. The cast is very good.
The story-- It could have been so good. A locked-room mystery within a larger "locked room" in the form of a multigenerational starship? I'm there! And all that wrapped in a vast conspiracy? Even better! --Had they stopped there. They didn't. Nope. Having noticed that the label said "SCIENCE FICTION!11!!one!!!" the writers threw whatever they could think of at the wall, including 2-generation genetic drift, psionic powers and some "bureaucratic SF" in the manner of The X-Files. And then had the gall to hinge some critical developments on a Idiot Plot of the worst sort, a child frightened to take her yearly immunization booster shot, which no one in the entire medical facility aboard the starship can figure out how to give to her. Yep, not main force, not a tranquilizer, not general anesthesia, the doctors and nurses try none of those....
It's worth watching for the sets. It's worth watching for the characters and their various plots. But if it was my project, there's a whole thread that would get edited out.
Interestingly, the writers don't quite get JFK's United States, which is when the generation ship was launched. As a result, there are social elements that ring false, or could at least use more explanation. The writers also don't have a good handle on the kind of infrastructure that it takes to develop and build handheld electronics and small removable digital memory devices. Large-scale integrated circuits are not trivial; neither are medium-resolution LCD displays.
Still more fun than not, but it could have been great with slightly fewer ingredients.
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