Raised by Wolves season one review

Raised by Wolves is a ten-part science fiction series about the colonisation of planet Kepler 22-b. The colonists – adults, children and androids – are refugees from an Earth torn apart by religious war.

Amanda Collins and Abubakar Salim star as the androids Mother and Father. Their atheist creator sends them to Kepler 22-b to raise human embryos and found a new atheist society. These efforts are complicated by problems on the planet’s surface and the arrival of settlers from the Mithraic religion.

Reviewers gave mixed responses when the first season was broadcast in 2020. Dan Seddon at the NME described it as “one of 2020’s most unmissable TV experiences.” Writing for the Guardian, Lucy Mangan said Raised by Wolves lacked “panache” and was a “thin, unsophisticated story.”

I can understand why Mangan didn’t like the show and why Seddon loved it. Raised by Wolves is one of the most original science fiction dramas I’ve ever seen. But I didn’t warm to any of the characters, except for Father and Mother themselves.

I kept watching because I wanted to know what would happen next. The plot was very unpredictable – weirdly so, at some points. Yet, the way the story unfolded gave me no joy or feeling of optimism about humankind’s future. Raised by Wolves is dystopian, to put it mildly.

Is Raised by Wolves worth watching? I’m glad I saw it because it is so original, but I don’t smile at the memory.

Season two of Raised by Wolves will be released in February 2022.

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