SyFy’s Incorporated tells a familiar story, but with better looking people

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It’s the year 2074 and the future is run by corporations and separated by two zones – the safe and futuristic Green Zone and the poor slums of the Red Zone, which is ravaged by climate change and disease. Ambitious and handsome, Ben (Sean Teale) is working his way up in the Spiga Corp – married to the CEO’s beautiful daughter Laura (Allison Miller) – and does whatever it takes to climb the levels, even if it means corruption. Welcome to the world of SyFy’s Incorporated. 

Of course, not everything is what it seems. Ben is originally from the Red Zone and whole purpose for being in the Green Zone is to find his past love, who is now working as an escort for the rich in the upper levels. Hence, his determination to climb up the ranks to gain access to her.

Created by Self/Less screenwriters David and Alex Pastor and executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the story seems oddly familiar. The dystopian world run by corporations where there is a divide between classes is not new. The story of Incorporated seems to grab elements from Mr. RobotGattaca, Damon’s own Elysium, and Blade Runner. Not that anything is wrong with that, but the story doesn’t present anything new.

Dennis Haysbert’s appearance as Julian, the Spiga security officer/torturer in the “Quiet Room”, does give the show some presence, but not enough to keep my interest. TV veteran Julia Ormond does provide some promise as Elizabeth, the CEO of Spiga and Laura’s mother. She seems stoic at first, but eventually warms up to you and you realize there is more to her character. Unfortunately, the other characters are a bit one-dimensional whose purpose on the show is entirely based on their secret.

Dennis Haysbert’s appearance as Julian, the Spiga security officer/torturer in the “Quiet Room”, does give the show some presence, but not enough to keep my interest. TV veteran Julia Ormond does provide some promise as Elizabeth, the CEO of Spiga and Laura’s mother. She seems stoic at first, but eventually warms up to you and you realize there is more to her character. Unfortunately, the other characters are a bit one-dimensional whose purpose on the show is entirely based on their secret.

Overall, the series tends to fall into the dystopian trope and typical cliches of that trope. It doesn’t present anything new to the table or the story, other than a beautiful cast.

Incorporated airs tonight at 10pm on Syfy.

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