Extrapolations – The DVDfever Review – Apple TV+ – Meryl Streep, Kit Harington

Extrapolations Extrapolations shows it’s Apple TV+’s turn to throw its hat into the “Let’s scare everyone about so-called man-made global warning”, which comes across like Greta Thunberg on acid.

Starting in 2037 (and going up to 2070 over the course of 8 episodes), we see how in multiple cities around the world, everyone stares out the window, moaning about forest fires which have come about from the world burning naturally… and not because of arsonists, which is what actually causes them.

Meanwhile, the United Nations pretend to piss their pants over the temperature changes, and plastic activists broadcast their rambling thoughts to huge crowds outside, not in person, but in the form of massive holograms.

In the opener, Marshall Zucker (Daveed DiggsSnowpiercer, Blindspotting) is becoming a Rabbi, and retelling an old joke to his Dad, while his elderly mother is suffering from the heat, all leading to a family where certain people have their priorities elsewhere than where they should be.

Meanwhile, capitalist Junior (Matthew RhysCocaine Bear, and like with that film, his The Americans co-star also pops up later in this series, and in separate scenes, too) just wants to put up buildings, as Greenland apparently turns from ice to water, and money-obsessive Nicholas Bilton (Kit HaringtonGunpowder) already has more money than an astronaut, but still can’t help but try to make more, based on the apparent crisis before him, since forest fires are pushing the prices up of nickel, copper and other metals.

Handwringing is thrown in as a new-born baby is in trouble because “We’re all filled with plastic, now”.

And as I type this, it’s just gone bat-shit frozen in the UK again. And it’s March.

Meanwhile, in the real world, every year, another COP summit takes place, those annual jollies happening for two weeks each winter – where 300,000 bigwigs and hangers-on fly around the world to tell us that mankind flying is bad – and they go to some far-flung hot destination for the last bit of sun of the year… except someone made a boo-boo and assigned them to Glasgow in 2021. Still, at these events, they’ll all sit around tables claiming to be making deals – when in reality, they’ll just sit and do nothing for two weeks… only just happening to be staying on for an extra two days (again, at the taxpayers’ expense), and then one of them will say they’ve made that deal, and climb onto the table and jump up and down like an escaped mental patient.

For the last few decades, it was mostly stuffy old men in suits telling us the prophecy that “The End Is Nigh”, and we have X number of years left to save the Earth, which we were told in 2019 is 12 years.

But then they realised that no-one listens to stuffy old men, so they needed a new face and voice. Enter the parents of Greta Thunberg, who staged a series of “School strikes for climate” where she’d bunk off for a Friday afternoon and sit outside. Yeah, try that in your school, and see how quickly you get detention, or expelled!

Greta should really have stayed in school, and not be manipulated by her parents, but thanks to them pushing her all around the world for the last three years, like the Second coming of Christ, and they’ve made millions out of it.

As such, all the stuffy old men jump and cheer whenever she appears, making her demands like Howard Beale in Network, and she’ll keep going until the day she discovers boys.

Extrapolations is on Apple TV+ from Friday March 17th, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD. Three episodes are available from day one, with the others released weekly.

However, for me, one episode was more than enough.

Thanks to our friends at Apple TV+ for the review screener.

Extrapolations – Official Trailer – Apple TV+

Detailed specs:

Running time: 30-40 mins per episode (8 episodes)
Release date: March 17th 2023
Studio: Apple TV+
Format: 2.00:1

Series Directors: Scott Z Burns, Michael Morris
Producers: David Kirchner, Jamie Crowell
Creator: Scott Z Burns
Writers: Scott Z Burns, Diane Ademu-John, Ron Currie, Dave Eggers, Dorothy Fortenberry, Rajiv Joseph, Sarah Nolen, Bess Wohl
Music: Dan Romer

Eve Shearer: Meryl Streep
Nicholas Bilton: Kit Harington
Rebecca Shearer: Sienna Miller
Jonathan Chopin: Edward Norton
Martha Russell: Diane Lane
Marshall Zucker: Daveed Diggs
Ezra Haddad: Tahar Rahim
Carmen Jalilo: Yara Shahidi
Junior: Matthew Rhys
Natasha Alper: Gemma Chan
Harris Goldblatt: David Schwimmer
Gaurav: Adarsh Gourav
Olivia Drew: Keri Russell
Sylvie Bolo: Marion Cotillard
August Bolo: Forest Whitaker
Elodie: Eiza González
Gita Mishra: Indira Varma
Nic: Tobey Maguire
Rowan Chopin: Michael Gandolfini as
President Elizabeth Burdick: Cherry Jones