A few weeks ago a friend of mine let me know about Delirium. While it turned out that the pilot wasn’t picked by its network, and was only made temporarily available online. Since it was Science Fiction, I decided to check it out anyway, since this is the genre I mostly work on as an independent researcher and writer.
While the story wasn’t revolutionary, I always enjoy when done well, a narrative that shows how a damaged and controlling society can be taken down by these refusing to be locked in corruption. In Delirium, these people are the ones who don’t want to get a cure to prevent them from feeling love as from their eighteenth birthday.
The one thing I had a lot of issue with was how hetero-normative the system was. They’re basically considering that only heterosexual love can happen, which I found bewildering, especially when you have these underground parties for teenagers to attend before they get the cure. I have a hard time believing that only straight romantic or sexual interaction can happen. The same way I find it weird how all the propaganda from the firm taking care of the “cure” only market romantic love, when characters acknowledge how their parents didn’t love them either, and just “went through the motions”. So the whole “love” definition seems weird and narrow minded.
The show still had potential in my view, especially as many seeds were already planted for character development and relationships in this pilot. I am not heart broken that the show wasn’t picked up, but I can still recognize that it could have evolved well.
The best thing in it was to see Corey Reynolds in it! I had adored him as Sgt. Gabriel in The Closer!