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Amazon Prime sci-fi series 'The Peripheral': When the metaverse gets too real

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In the new sci-fi series The Peripheral, Chloe Grace Moretz uses a magical headset to bring her into a lifelike virtual reality.

Amazon’s new sci-fi series “The Peripheral” is full of virtual reality, humanoid robots, dystopian visions of the future, and cracking action. The film adaptation of the iconic novel takes you into the not-too-distant future where full-dive VR is the new normal.

Peripherals: When the Metaverse Gets Too Real

Flynn Fisher (Chloe Grace Moretz) is an ordinary young woman from a small town who works at a 3D printing company and takes care of her sick and blind mother. Her older brother Burton (Jack Reynor) is a former Marine who enjoys beer and drones with his buddies.

Flynne loves VR games and is very good at them. She and her brother have jobs where they wear VR headsets and play online games for the rich.

One day, Flynn gets an experimental simulation job that sends her to a surreal virtual London 70 years in the future. To do this, you need to put on a mysterious headset. By the time she realizes something is wrong, it’s too late.

She realized she was seeing things through her headset that she shouldn’t have. When Flynn returns to reality, her family discovers that they are getting bounties for participating in her mysterious VR games.


Book by SF star writer

The Peripheral is based on the 2014 novel of the same name by science fiction writer William Gibson. Gibson rose to global fame in his 80s with his trilogy Neuromancer and is considered one of the creators of his genre of cyberpunk.

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, creators of the sci-fi hit Westworld, are in charge of the series. Scott B. Smith (“Simple Plan”) wrote the scripts for his first three episodes. The director is Vincenzo Natali, who has worked on works representing genres such as “Cube” and “Splice”.

The Peripheral will launch in two episodes on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, October 21, 2022. The rest are played weekly. If you missed the first trailer, check out our first impressions here.