Apparently, Netflix is convinced Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker has another anthology hit to give them. Our trusted and proven sources tell us Brooker is creating a new series for the streamer: Alternate Realities. What we’ve learned about the series makes it sound somewhat similar to Black Mirror, though with what seems like a different twist.
According to our information, Alternate Realities will explore different dimensions and parallel universes. Each episode of Charlie Brooker’s upcoming Netflix series will present unique characters and stories, offering viewers a thought-provoking journey into the unknown.
You could very well say much the same about every episode of Black Mirror, though the title Alternate Realities invites speculation that the focus will be more on how the various settings differ from our own world.
Netflix is developing the new sci-fi anthology series Alternate Realities, created by Charlie Brooker, where each episode will present unique characters and stories, offering viewers a thought-provoking journey into the unknown
It makes us wonder if Alternate Realities might have something in common with a series that predates the age of Netflix and streaming: Sliders. Debuting on the Fox network in 1995, Sliders featured a quartet of heroes — including Jerry O’Connell (Stand by Me) as the lead Quinn Mallory and John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny) as Professor Maximilian Arturo — traveling across parallel dimensions, desperate to make their way home.
Our obsession with multiverses is something that’s been building for years.
The alternate Earths the heroes visit in the series include one in which America is still part of the British Empire, one in which Texas is its own powerful nation, and one in which dinosaurs are not extinct.
So it could be that like Sliders, and unlike Netflix’s Black Mirror, the stories we’re told in Alternate Realities won’t primarily be about human interaction with technology, but about the differences between these parallel dimensions and the real world.
Alternate Realities In Popular Media
Considering how much the subject of alternate realities, parallel dimensions, etc. is driving much of our popular media these days, it’s not surprising that Netflix is looking to plug deeper into the trend.
The notion of worlds where things went differently is one of the chief ideas being explored in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in superhero media outside the MCU both Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and The Flash deal with it.
Our obsession with multiverses is something that’s been building for years. Netflix is already in on the action with series like Russian Doll and Stranger Things. Shows that have successfully made bank with alternate realities include the shows of the Star Trek franchise, Rick and Morty, Fringe, The Twilight Zone and The Man in the High Castle.
Meanwhile there are the short-lived but nevertheless acclaimed series like NBC‘s Awake and Starz’s Counterpart.
Once we know more about Netflix’s Alternate Realities, we’ll make sure you’re up to speed.