I didn't know what to expect from the Amazon Original series UPLOAD (which premiered on May 1, 2020). With a tagline like "Live your Best Digital Afterlife," I was anticipating a mixture of BLACK MIRROR and THE GOOD PLACE.
What I didn't expect was a surprisingly sweet, interesting, and heartfelt look at a dystopian future world where people can upload their consciousness to various digital afterlives.
The show centers on Nathan, a young web programmer who's in a car crash and finds himself uploaded to Lakeview, a premium experience paradise.
Disoriented and trying to find his way around his new surroundings, Nathan's assigned an "Angel" (aka customer service representative) named Nora to help him adjust and acclimate.
As Nora helps Nathan find his way around this brave new world, they begin to uncover mysteries that lead them to ask deeper questions.
The show's predictions around interface design, UX, social trends, and more are fascinating, and it creates compelling questions: what is it that makes you, you? And if you could live forever, would you? The show's been greenlit for season 2, so I'd love to hear if you've tuned in and what you think of the cliffhanger ending for season 1.