Forbidden Science on CinemaxRating: 4 likes, 0 dislikes
Feb 13, 2009
Existentialism usually doesn't play well on TV. However, both Lost and Battlestar Galactica have hit on the existential issues of life, soul, and destiny. Those shows also present the debate between faith and reason.
Ironically, in its second and third episodes, Cinemax's new show "Forbidden Science" hits these issues as well, and joins them as one of few intelligent shows on television. Those shows can skate on pretty thin ice over frigid existential waters though compelling characters. Forbidden Science does that as well, and but its characters have to sometimes do that without any clothes on.
The first episode touched on cloning. This is touched on further when the cloned woman has to go to confession and asks whether she has a soul. Ultimately that is the central issue of the show -- does science have a soul?
Episodes two and three, a two parter called "Adversaries" took those issues to a deeper level. The through-line was whether a young woman could get a cloned spine so she could walk again, even if she had to defy her religious father's wishes. Both sids of this issue are presented. Lev Freeman the star of the show is clearly someone with some moral ambiguity.
Mary LeGault does a good job as the young woman's friend, who clearly has her own agenda and might be seducing Lev for more than a spine, or even his heart.
The show is filmed in Canada, and goes out of its way to be sunny and verdant, while the lab sets look much darker. Perhaps that is the show's vision of the future -- positive but there are some dark undercurrents.
Did I mention that there's sex? Lots of it!
Still, even with its clothes on, Forbidden Science creates its own world, and its a world I want to live in. Who says existentialism can't be sexy?
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Review posted on Friday, February 13th 2009 at 7:31 pm