TL;DR – Murder, politics, and conspiracies, oh my.
Disclosure – I paid for the Apple TV+ service that viewed this series.
Silo Review –
Murder, political intrigue, and conspiracy, well, now you are speaking my language. I have enjoyed my time down in the depths of the Silo, but so far, we have been given whispers as to what will be the primary drive as we advance. Well, today, we get more than whispers because someone just murdered the mayor, and that tends to be a catalysing event.
So to set the scene, in Machines, we learned that Holston Becker’s (David Oyelowo) last act as sheriff was to appoint Juliette Nichols (Rebecca Ferguson) as his successor. However, on her first day, she is presented with the most significant challenge the Silo has ever faced. Someone has murdered Mayor Ruth Jahns (Geraldine James). Deputy Marnes (Will Patton) is distraught, Robert Sims (Common) from judicial and Bernard Holland (Tim Robbins) from IT are trying to manage the political fallout. But everyone knows that the Silo is about to change. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
I profoundly love this dive into a probably dystopian world filled with maybe survival and possibly the last vestiges of humanity, or not. There is a purposeful disconnect between many potential realities and how they can influence our characters. Maybe outside is a hellscape, and this is the last vestige. Perhaps it is a lush, vibrant land, and people are being kept here in control, or maybe something worse. I mean, are we even still on Earth? Each potential reality exists simultaneously, so finding the truth, as this episode proclaims, becomes a powerful driving force.
Nicolas being made sheriff on this day perfectly positions her as an audience surrogate because we are also just as much out of the loop of the fundamental political realities of the Silo beyond what we know from the show. She is also an unwelcome element in the face of entrenched power dynamics, which could rock the boat in exciting ways. After being present in previous episodes, I liked that we started getting more from Tim Robbins and Common this week.
It is also nice that we keep diving into more of how the Silo works, with an exploration of what happens after someone dies. It is both practical and sad, and how that defined relationships was interesting. The design of the Silo is also coming into play because even though I know it is a set, I felt vertigo in my core when Marnes leaned over the edge with the bottle in his hands. Structurally, they knew the right points when to cut back into the past, so it informed the present without bogging the episode down.
In the end, do we recommend Silo: Truth? Absolutely. I love this series and the steps they take to build this world. Because I have never read the books, I don’t know what is coming, and I like that because of all the possibilities at the moment.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Silo
Directed by – Morten Tyldum
Written by – Ingrid Escajeda
Created by – Graham Yost
Based On – Silo by Hugh Howey
Production/Distribution Companies – Nemo Films, AMC Studios & Apple TV+
Starring – Rebecca Ferguson, Common, Harriet Walter, Avi Nash, Rick Gomez, Tim Robbins & David Oyelowo with Will Patton, Geraldine James, Chipo Chung, Henry Garrett, Sienna Guillory & Iain Glen and Lee Drage, Amelie Child-Villiers, Ida Brooke, Charlie Coombes, Cole Vernon & Alana Maria