Raised by Wolves

Posted on Feb 24, 2021

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The Storyline

Raised by Wolves courtesy of HBO


After a catastrophic religious war on Earth between the followers of Sol and Atheists, two androids are sent away to bring children up from birth, in a non-religious society, as atheists, and to do no harm to others, in the hope of a better future for humanity.

But more humans follow, bringing religious ideology with them, and the two androids will do whatever it takes to prevent the new society from self-destruction, even if it means killing other humans to protect it.

But they are not alone. Something else is on the planet with them, and it is watching, and waiting in the shadows…

The Review

I didn’t know what to expect when I heard that Ridley Scott had dipped his creative genius into a TV series. Being mainly one of the producers, he wrote the first two episodes, and it shows.

Besides the continuing war between the religious faction and a group of atheists, the story centres on two androids who have been reprogrammed (one a service android, the other a war machine) to bring up foetuses to adulthood, and to teach them a peaceful, non-violent existence.

But the children die one by one, succumbing to illness, except for one. Soon, a ship arrives from a ravaged and destroyed Earth, and the religious faction want the child, for he could be the one prophesied to lead them; and the androids destroyed. But Mother has other ideas, and destroys the ship and almost all life on it, except for a few children whom she rescues and vows to bring up in peace.

But as the story grows, it becomes more than just your average Sci-fi, with some of the characters showing signs of schizophrenia and other psychotic tendencies.

And then there’s the other life on the planet; creatures that are humanoid, but animalistic and odd-looking. Add to this a ghostly figure of one of the dead children, disembodied voices, a strange, alien-like structure, symbols and religious connotations, as well as other mysteries, and you have the recipe for something quite different from your usual science fiction shows. Star Trek/Wars it ain’t. It’s much more grown up than that. Think a mish-mash of Bladerunner, Alien, Predator, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and other similar classics, and you have something quite different from your usual fare out there.

It’s dark, violent, thought-provoking, and beautifully made. There is a fine line between who is good, and who isn’t; the lines blurred mostly, and yet you side with the kids and the androids, even though they aren’t quite right either.

To put it quite simply, if television shows keep getting this good, then the cinema may have to step up a gear or six. It is absolutely breath-taking to watch and I highly recommend it.

Raised by Wolves is available on Now TV in the UK and HBO elsewhere (see your provider for more information)

Created by Aaron Guzikowski

Cast

Amanda Collin as Mother/Lamia
Abubakar Salim as Father
Winta McGrath as Campion
Niamh Algar as Sue/Mary
Travis Fimmel As Marcus/Caleb
Jordan Loughran as Tempest
Felix Jamieson as Paul
Ethan Hazzard as Hunter
Aasiya Shah as Holly
Ivy Wong as Vitia
Matias Varela as Lucius