REVIEW: Silo (AppleTV)

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Last Updated on July 11, 2024

Silo is the brilliant new, dystopian TV series based on the best-selling sci-fi novels written by Hugh Howey. The silo is a 144-floor indoor city that is meant to hold the last humans alive following some unexplained disaster. It is a perfectly paced dark mystery with major discoveries in every episode.

Watch the trailer on Youtube here

The prologue of sorts sets everything up in the first episode. We are introduced to Allison Becker (played by the amazing Rashida Jones) and her husband Sheriff Holston Becker as they request permission to have a baby in the tightly controlled silo (think of a grander version of Fallout’s vaults). Through their eyes, we witness the powers at play in the silo and the class system creating tension and tragedy in the difficult structure. Men and women stare out of the increasingly murky window to the outside world in hope and this window is only cleaned by volunteers willing to sacrifice themselves to the fatal conditions in the outside world, or those sent out as punishment. It is a fascinating world and the first episode does some wonderful heavy lifting in introducing the story’s world, themes, and drama. When the story’s true protagonist turns up (Juliette Nichols), the audience is ready to dive right into this and solve the mysteries set up early on. It is a show that doesn’t want to tell you everything straight away and the respect it gives its audience pays off. There are many things we don’t know about the world, like when it takes place in human history, but that just adds to the overall mystery and suspense in the show.

Rebecca Ferguson (Dune, Doctor Sleep) as Juliette carries Silo forward as the new sheriff with a chip on her shoulder and a mystery to solve. She’s not going to let anyone get in her way as she barges through the red tape placed before her and the menacing heavies sent to keep her from solving the many mysteries of the silo. Her story is captivating as she shifts from one role to another and we watch her grow into a job thrust upon her at one of the most difficult times in her life. Silo gradually reveals her tragic backstory that links in with the wider history of the silo and the complicated relationship with her father (Game of ThronesIain Glen using an off-putting accent that I eventually got used to). The cast is a strong one with Rebecca Ferguson on her best form. Recent news of her possibly playing Monza Murcatto in Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold adaptation will mean grimdark fans will be keeping a close eye on her and she does not disappoint here as a bitter woman out for answers and revenge. Silo offers a world where the characters and the audience never really know who to trust and when the twists come, they are earned through the strong writing and superb acting.

Silo is must-see TV. It is a dark sci-fi tale full of gripping mysteries and more cliffhangers than a bouldering competition. The dark world of Silo is a stunning achievement from the production team with the writing and cast strong throughout the ten episodes. In a time when we are spoilt for dark fantasy and sci-fi on TV, go out of your way to watch this! I can’t wait for season 2!

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Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

Aaron S. Jones is the author of Memories of Blood and Shadow, and The Broken Gods trilogy. He is Head of School at a school in Kent, UK and when he is not tearing his hair out at students struggling with their, they're and there, he is tearing his hair out as he dies for the thousandth time on Elden Ring. You can find him on Twitter @HereticASjones where he is most likely procrastinating for hours at a time instead of focusing on his Orc murder mystery.

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