SILO: SEASON ONE
Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Common, Tim Robbins, David Oyelowo, Rashida Jones, Chinaza Uche, Iain Glen, Harriet Walter, Ferdinand Kingsley, Rick Gomez, and Will Patton
Creator: Graham Yost
The first couple episodes of Silo intrigued me, but didn’t quite grab me; however, with the third episode, I was hooked. I’ve never read the book series it’s based on, so the mystery of it all had me on the edge of my seat thanks to some terrific world-building and the methodical pacing. Rebecca Ferguson is engaging as the lead, while the supporting cast around her (shout out to Common and the always reliable Will Patton) are used carefully and deliberately to move the story along as it lays the groundwork for what looks to be a charged second season. I can’t wait.
Normally, I’m not a fan of shows that make you sit through a set-up season to get to the real story. That said, while Silo is definitely that, it held my interest throughout. It’s a lot of excellent world-building wrapped around a murder conspiracy (the set-up you have to sit through), but the broader questions about the silo (the real story) keep you engaged even if the ongoing investigation is a little lackluster. Then, the finale kinda resets the starting point for what potentially could be a great sci-fi series. I will say, though, given the slow-burn nature, it works better as a binge watch.
Silo’s dystopian themes have been beaten to death this century, and that commonplace conceit gives the show a slow and unfocused start. However, a distinct narrative nuance and a strong ensemble piques one’s interest just enough to stick around until the story picks up. When it does, it’s directly connected to the amount of time Rebecca Ferguson is on screen. She’s a force whose strength, skill, and savvy are put on full display to push the show through an intriguing mystery with each increasingly thrilling episode.