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Screener Squad: The Peripheral

The Peripheral Series Review


Peripheral: relating to or situated on the edge or periphery of something. Cyberpunk: A genre of science fiction set in a lawless subculture of an oppressive society dominated by computer technology.  Amazon Prime presents the William Gibson sci-fi classic created for television by Scott B. Smith The Peripheral. Flynne Fisher (Chloë Grace Moretz) is the youngest member of her family but also burdened with all the eldest responsibilities. Flynne is taking care of her chronically ill and legally blind mother (Melinda Page Hamilton) and watching out for her war veteran older brother Burton (Jack Reynor) while working a dead end job at the 3D printing shop in the lovely middle of nowhere North Carolina. For extra scratch, Bruton plays VR gaming for billionaires outsourcing their gaming characters to expert players. That’s the front anyway. It’s Flynne who is the champion of VR gaming, racking up points and making mucho dinero under the guise of her brothers handle. As wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey hijinks would have it, the siblings receive a new headset with technology not yet patented and instructions from a very private client. What unfolds for Flynn is a gaming experience out of this world, or should I say, not of this timeline!? The past and future collide in a sci-fi epic pitting mega wealthy corporations against blue collar families. Bradly and the Nighthawks, Matt and Trevor, lay out their knowledge of the sci-fi legend William Gibson, discuss the real life motivations behind the science fiction spectacle presentation, and ponder the reality of their own existence in this universe and the next.


CREATED BY: Scott Smith, Jonathan Nolan, and Lisa Joy

STARRING: Chloë Grace Moretz, Gary Carr, Jack Reynor, JJ Feild, T’Nia Miller, Louis Herthum, Katie Leung, Melinda Page Hamilton, Chris Coy, Alex Hernandez, Julian Moore-Cook, Adelind Horan, Austin Rising, Eli Goree, Charlotte Riley, Alexandra Billings, David Hoflin, Hannah Arterton, India Mullen, Miles Barrow, Gavin Dunn, Moe Bar-El, Chuku Modu, Harrison Gilbertson, Duke Davis Roberts, Claire Cooper, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Amber Rose Revah, Ned Dennehy, Ben Dickey, Anjli Mohindra




Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)

Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.



Matt Foster (Screener Squad)

Matt Foster is a stand up comic, podcaster, and movie critic currently living in the greater Salt Lake City area. His lifelong love of genre film began early, when he realized they freaked out his mom. He performs (epidemics permitting) regularly on Dungeons and Comedy, a DND live play with standup comedians, and is the slightly less mustache-y half of the Nighthawks Podcast, a cinema-centric discussion cohosted by Trevor T. Trujillo.



Trevor Trujillo (Screener Squad)

Trevor T. Trujillo is a One Of Us contributor in addition to being the co-host, co-founder, and co-producer of the Nighthawks Podcast. Trevor’s 17-year media career spans multiple arenas including television, radio, podcasting, and online journalism; and he is currently the editor-in-chief for a regional online news provider in the Rocky Mountain West. Often a nomad, Trevor has found himself “at home” in places like Austin, Texas; West Hollywood, California; and throughout central and southeastern Wyoming. Get the pause button ready, Trevor also manages to pop up in blink-and-you’ll-miss-them featured extra roles in Nickelodeon’s FRED, TruTV’s OPERATION REPO and the Todd Rohal/Zack Carlson short THE SUPLEX DUPLEX COMPLEX.



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