‘Severance’ Could Have Brilliantly Satirized Our Joyless Technocracy, But Season 1 Falls Short

‘Severance’ Could Have Brilliantly Satirized Our Joyless Technocracy, But Season 1 Falls Short


The new TV series “Severance” on Apple TV has many things going for it. It has a great premise, a great cast, and an experienced crew of writers, directors, and producers. The show takes place in the near future (or alternate present?), where a large company has developed a way to sever employees’ minds into two. It examines the implications this has for a handful of office employees who have undergone the procedure.

Considering that the cast features comic actors like Adam Scott, Christopher Walken, and John Turturro, and that Ben Stiller is one of the producers and directors of the show, one might expect some kind of satire. Perhaps it would expose the dehumanizing meaninglessness of office work, or the self-objectification that the modern

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