Hello, PKD Fans! This week on the Electric Dreams Podcast, we discuss Electric Dreams Season 1 Episode 2, entitled The Impossible Planet, which originally aired on September 23, 2017.
Set far in the distant future, we find two disenchanted Interstellar Tour Guides, Brian Norton (Jack Reynor) and Ed Andrews (Benedict Wong), trapped on a backwater planet called Primo76, entertaining droves of tourists with visually enhanced excursions throughout the galaxy. Then opportunity knocks in the form of a deaf, elderly woman called Irma Gordon (Geraldine Chaplin) and her robot RB29 (Malik Ibheis), who wishes to see Earth one last time and will pay cash to do so.
Seeing this as an unmissable chance Andrews convinces Norton that he can scam Mrs.Gordon, making her believe that they can get to Earth, though in fact they’ll only travel to a similar planet, as Earth has been lost for centuries. Norton isn’t happy with this plan, but as all of his other options have gone for leaving this job and Primo76 – with his girlfriend (Barbara) – he grudgingly agrees.
With the journey taking longer than the normal tourist run, the guests and crew intermingle. We discover that RB29 holds Mrs. Gordon’s final wishes extremely close to its robot-like heart. Not only this but fate may have dealt both Norton and Mrs. Gordon a hope, as a life long ago surfaces.
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