The Stars Battle Climate Change in the Apocalyptic New Apple TV+ Series ‘Extrapolations’
Perhaps in an effort to balance the feel-good vibes Ted Lasso is sure to deliver when the third season launches next month, two days later on March 17 Apple TV+ will be launching Extrapolations, a star-studded (and according to the new trailer, incredibly grim-looking) drama series set in a near future where climate change’s chaotic effects have become woven into people’s everyday lives. Fun!
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Much like tackling climate change, it’s hard to know where to start when describing the sheer breadth of talent Extrapolations has in front of the camera. The show features Meryl Streep, Marion Cotillard and Kit Harrington doing the weirdest accent we’ve heard all year, along with Tobey Maguire, Sienna Miller, Edward Norton and Forest Whitaker to name but a few.
Over the course of eight episodes, the show will – according to the synopsis – tell a number of interwoven stories about “love, work, faith and family from across the globe” that “explore the intimate, life-altering choices that must be made when the planet is changing faster than the population.” Well, that sounds exhausting.
The behind-the-camera talent has an impressive pedigree, too, in the form of writer, director and executive producer Scott Z. Burns, whose previous work includes Contagion, The Report, and An Inconvenient Truth.
As with much of Burns’ work, the whole thing looks about as depressing as Morrissey’s 60th birthday party, but we have to admit it’s visually engaging, thanks to some impressive digital effects work and striking cinematography. So at least the Extrapolations team had the good manners to tickle our eyeballs while they strangle our hope for the future.
While it won’t be on anyone’s feel-good list for 2023 and the tone comes across as pretty preachy and a little condescending – yes, we know climate change is real, but maybe making a finger-wagging movie about it isn’t the most effective way of addressing the issue – we’ll definitely give Extrapolations a look when the first three episodes drop on March 17, followed by weekly episodes for the rest of the series.
If you need another reason to feel glum about the future, check out the Extrapolations trailer above or via the link below.