Apple TV+’s original science fiction psychological thriller, Severance, has become highly popular due to its unique plotline and brilliant performance. The show’s first season stands with an average rating of 8.5/10, and consensus reads, “Audacious, mysterious, and bringing fresh insight into the perils of corporate drudgery, Severance is the complete package.”
The show debuted on February 18, 2022. The story is set in A sinister biotech corporation, Lumon Industries, which uses a “severance” medical strategy to separate the non-work memories of some of their employees from their work memories. The show’s lead character, Mark Scout, is a mundane employee who gradually reveals the web of conspiracy from both sides of the unit.
As we are all aware of the theory of Robert D. Putnam, who proposed a perceptive that uncovers the fact that civic life in America was on the downfall. According to his argument, Americans were less involved with their communities and country. They voted less frequently, went to fewer public meetings, and even joined fewer bowling leagues, choosing to go bowling unaided.
This theory received quite a lot of criticism as it leaned heavily on a white male intention of civic attention. But this approach gained recognition through various surveys. It was proven that many of us are closed into our bubbles of pop culture, political viewpoints, and even variations of basic precepts of actuality.
This same approach was involved in Severance. The severance practice that bisects a crowd of Lumon employees into “innies” and “outies” may be the most notable and exceptional example of seclusion with Severance.
If we watch our protagonist, Mark Scout, a severed Lumon employee, clearly cut off from his work self. He is separated from his work self and encounters it in his personal life. He lives independently in Lumon employee housing, where his only neighbor is Ms. Selvig. His social circle consists almost solely of his sister, Devon, and her spouse, Rickon, who seems to be his only relation to other people.
We first saw him engaging in a conversation when Petey showed up on his doorstep. Unsurprisingly, Petey also appears cut off from his own life. All the employees we have encountered suffer from alienation and isolation, and it’s not just the severed staffers who can’t seem to relate with others. Mark’s supervisor, Harmony Corbel, may not have gone through the severance process, but she’s as connected to Lumon as any workers she commands.
Severance is full of unique visions of sci-fi horror. But it’s the more prosaic junctures that are the most chilling, possibly because they feel the most unpretentious. The show offers dramatic realizations in the most bizarre manner that hooks the audience from the very beginning.