The Peripheral: A Second Season Worthy Sci-Fi Gem!

Helen Gomez

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The strikes led by SAG-AFTRA and the WGA have placed significant streaming services in a tight spot, compelling them to decide the fate of their shows hastily. Due to moderate success, numerous programs, previously on the brink, are now teetering on the edge of complete cancellation, as production timelines remain uncertain. 

While content management is vital for platforms like Prime Video, this approach can stifle a show’s organic development. Some of the most legendary series have experienced significant leaps in quality during their second seasons.

Unfortunately, Prime Video’s highly anticipated sci-fi series, The Peripheral, has become a casualty of these labor conflicts. Despite earlier assurances from Amazon Studios’ Head of Television, Vernon Sanders, The Peripheral’s second season has been officially terminated.

While the first season may not have achieved classic status, it did contain compelling elements that hinted at the potential for an outstanding second season. Stay informed about why ‘The Peripheral’ should have had a second season with Bigflix.

Sci-Fi Prowess of ‘Peripheral’ Creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, known for Westworld and other projects, have faced a tough few years. Westworld started strong but lost fan interest, Reminiscence was a critical flop, Westworld got canceled, and their Fallout adaptation lacks marketing.

While Reminiscence and later seasons of Westworld faced challenges, The Peripheral brought a fresh angle. Unlike Westworld’s complex mind games, it focused on Flynne’s emotional journey in a relatable setting.

The series featured witty banter and delved into family dynamics within a virtual world. It explored the sacrifices Flynne might make to secure her family’s future in a dark and uncertain reality.

The Peripheral” has been Renewed for a Second Season

In the first season of “The Peripheral,” a substantial portion is dedicated to world-building, but the trademark “mystery box” element of Nolan and Joy’s work doesn’t feel unresolved. Dedicated viewers grasp how the series distinguishes different realities and when to embrace ambiguity.

This paves the way for a second season to reduce exposition and delve deeper into the intriguing mystery introduced in the season finale, centred around the enigmatic Lev Zubov, portrayed by JJ Feild.

While “The Peripheral” had its flaws in its debut season, such as clunky moments, underdeveloped characters, and awkward tonal shifts, these were not insurmountable issues for a potential second season. With the rich source material from Gibson’s novel, the show had the potential to become a groundbreaking sci-fi series.

Its surprising cancellation suggests that streaming platforms may not be patient enough to let shows evolve and improve over time.

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