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Mar 25Liked by Zachary Roush

I’m super excited for the next season! The way the suspense builds and the characters develop really makes it one of the best recent shows I’ve seen.

My wife and I joke about the benefits of having an innie after a tough day at work and I think that’s what’s so powerful about severance as a procedure. Everyone has bad days at work or tough baggage that they would rather not deal with or wish they could forget so the viewer easily puts themselves in the shoes of Adam Scott’s character. It seems like a win-win with the outie avoiding the pain of existing by “sleeping” for an additional 8 hours and the innie never knowing the pain that got him in there in the first place.

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exactlyyyyy! this is sci-fi at its best: relevant to the human experience and also taking things to their fullest extent to make us question our own reality.

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Mar 23Liked by Zachary Roush

The thing I loved most about Severance—and there’s a lot to love—is that they don’t dance around the premise’s consequences. So much sci-fi proposes an interesting question and then takes a long time to begin to answer it. Severance asks the audience—and even has the characters explicitly ask themselves—are the innie and the outie different people, or the same person, and how does that matter for the morality of the situation?

Severance goes for the jugular. They *immediately* begin exploring that in the earliest episodes, but then add layers of depth to the question and it’s possible answers as time goes on. So many shoes would just play with the premise in flashy ways and then end the season with small about of philosophical exploration. “oooh maybe this is a bad thing! Oh my isn’t this morally gray! Ooh bet you didn’t think of that”. Not severance. They respect the audience and it shows.

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dude i resonate with this x1000. i feel like so many shows are dumbed down for no explicit reason other than spoon-feeding audiences. it's such a strange thing. i feel like that's where the Wicher (netflix) and Rings of Power (amazon) really went wrong.

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