Writers Michael Schur and Greg Daniels, both of whom were contributing writers and producers on the classic sitcoms “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” have both gone on to create series that are set in some kind of afterlife.
Next in line is “Upload“, a biting and comedic take on the hereafter.
The show has rated 83% on the Tomatometer, and 90% on Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.
This quirky, often hilarious show points out that even virtual heaven is not all it’s cracked up to be. The main character, Nathan Brown, finds out that his “digital life extension” is set in a commercialized, capitalist system that’s decidedly different for the haves than the have-nots. Sound familiar?
“Upload” follows Nathan Brown (played by Robbie Amell from “The Flash” and “The DUFF“), as a coder in Los Angeles working on his version of a more equalized digital afterlife than those being offered by his corporation’s higher-ups. Just before he breaks big, he is in a suspicious car accident. He’s brought to the hospital where his brain is uploaded to Lakeview, the aristocracy of heavens, designed to look like a New England hunting lodge in endless autumn.
Nathan has trouble adapting to this new world where he is only hungry and thirsty because a computer programmer on Earth made him feel that way. He, with the help of his human “avatar,” Nora, try to figure out who might have murdered him, and why some of his memories were deleted before he was “uploaded.” Usually, all memories upload intact.
“Upload’s” technical jargon manifests into an old-fashioned murder mystery, a cute romance, as well as a morality tale about humanity’s innate greed. The series focuses on as well as harshly criticizes capitalism. This POV is made all the more humorous by the fact that it’s streaming on retail giant Amazon’s streaming platform. It doesn’t get more corporate than that.
The show finds levity in a pixelated bizarreness as Nathan begins to adapt to his strange surroundings and grows closer to Nora. “Upload” is a thoughtful and novel take on a society that has become so much more cynical during a global pandemic.
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