Tales from the Loop
IMDb rating: 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 70%
This arrestingly beautiful sci-fi series tells the tales of the people in a rural town – a town that’s above a particle accelerator called The Loop. Set in an alternative timeline in the 80s, where the impossible seems possible, thanks in part to the weird technology, it’s firmly a story about people. It highlights humanity and hope, like all great science-fiction, with breath-taking cinematography (it’s based on the paintings by Simon Stålenhag).
Each episode is a standalone story centring around one of the town’s inhabitants – completely normal people, with rather normal problems, in a not-so-ordinary world. The stories mainly follow the town’s children as a way to explore the town and its otherworldly happenings, with each story linking back to the Loop. The mysterious research centre that seemingly employs most of the town’s adults binds all the stories neatly together.
The production value and acting make it memorable. CNet has this to say: “This slow-burning new series melds enticing oddness with impeccable production – basically, it’s Eerie, Indiana meets Chernobyl.”
The series stars Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Town), Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation), Daniel Zolghadri (Eighth Grade), Duncan Joiner (Waco) and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes, Game of Thrones).