Hello, PKD Fans! When you get too deep into virtual reality, how do you know which experience is “virtual” – and which world is “real”? Find out which one Sarah chooses on this week’s Electric Dreams Podcast, where we discuss Electric Dreams Season 1 Episode 5, entitled Real Life, which originally aired on October 15, 2017.
Sarah (Anna Paquin) is a troubled police officer. She lives in a futuristic world with her wife Katie (Rachelle Lefevre) but is falling apart after witnessing the massacre of her colleagues. Katie sees how much she is struggling and decides to gift her a virtual reality “vacation” to give her a break from her painful memories.
In Sarah’s VR vacation she becomes George (Terrence Howard), the billionaire owner and founder of a successful technology company.
George is suffering from the death of his wife Katie (also Rachelle Lefevre!) and experiences amnesia. There are other weird parallels between their worlds: they’re both on the hunt for the same criminal.
George uses his prototype VR headset to escape into Sarah’s world, where he can see his dead wife Katie again. In turn, Sarah uses her VR “vacation” device to experience life as George, embracing all the pain she feels she deserves because of her survivor’s guilt. But it soon becomes unclear – to Sarah and George – which world is real and which world is VR.
Persuaded by his doctor Paula (Lara Pulver) that he’s been living a fantasy life as Sarah and needs to face reality, George crushes his VR device and severs the connection for good.
But it seems he may be the “virtual” version after all: in the real world, Sarah dies as Katie stands by, powerless to bring back the woman she loves.