TL;DR – We delve deeper into this world and its story, and I am hooked.
Disclosure – I paid for the Apple TV+ service that viewed this series.
Silo Review –
I was intrigued by what we got when I watched the first episode. It was a familiar scenario, but the creatives behind the show presented it in a fresh way with a time-shifted story that didn’t feel convoluted. However, one big thing missing from that first episode was Rebecca Ferguson, who was front and centre of the marketing campaign before the show was released. Well, episode two is here to fix that.
So to set the scene, we open with Sheriff Holston (David Oyelowo) donning the suit as he commits to going outside after he broke the one unbreakable rule in the Silo during Freedom Day. He says his goodbyes to Mayor Ruth Jahns (Geraldine James) and Deputy Marnes (Will Patton) and takes those final steps outside, where he sees a world full of life … maybe. But down in the bowls of the Silo, Juliette Nichols (Rebecca Ferguson) is declaring his betrayal, as we find out much more than we suspect happened when Sheriff Holston came down to investigate the murder or suicide of George Wilkins (Ferdinand Kingsley). Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
I have been fascinated by how much worldbuilding we have gotten in these first two episodes alone. For example, at the very start of the second episode, they confirm that the world above is full of life. Or did they? Because we never see from Holston’s point of view from the moment he takes the helmet off, reinforcing the questions that remain about this world. Additionally, the relics confirm that we are in some version of the real world.
Somewhere out there is a Statue of Liberty that someone might be able to yell at. We also get to have more of an understanding of the society that we live in. It is an interesting note that not only do you need to obtain permission to have a child, but you also need to have your relationship sanctioned as well. Or how even the hint of suicide is treated by people or the fear of open bodies of water in a world that doesn’t teach people how to swim. Then there is the power that even the appearance of the justices has for members of the sheriff’s team. These little touches help shape a world I want to know more about.
The more we see the Silo, the more interested I become about it. I liked how the design of the machine that drilled the whole that they built the Silo in felt realistic, if magnitudes more immense than anything we have made on Earth before. You can feel the digital extensions in the sets as they explore the deep dark, but that was not a big issue because they kept the tangible things practical and made a good balance. The tonal shift from Holston to Juliette also worked on a narrative level.
In the end, do we recommend Silo: Holston’s Pick? Yes, we do. I have loved how this series has built itself up in just two episodes. However, all of this happens without diluting the potential mystery. I hope they stick the landing as we advance because I have liked what I have seen so far.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Silo
Directed by – Morten Tyldum
Written by – Jessica Blaire & Cassie Pappas
Created by – Graham Yost
Based On – Silo by Hugh Howey
Production/Distribution Companies – Nemo Films, AMC Studios & Apple TV+
Starring – Rebecca Ferguson, David Oyelowo, Common, Harriet Walter & Tim Robbins with Will Patton, Geraldine James, Ferdinand Kingsley, Shane McRae, Chipo Chung, Remmie Miller, Billy Postlethwaite, Matt Gomez Hidaka & Peter Gadiot and Olatunji Ayofe, Ayaaz Tariq, Kumbi Mushambi & Michael-Alan Read
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