The Peripheral – Movie Review by Efe Teksoy


Cinema Writer/Film Critic Efe TEKSOY; wrote the science fiction, adventure and mystery series “THE PERIPHERAL” for America’s Los Angeles based Internet Newspaper @alaturkanews.


Amazon Studios, Big Indie Pictures, Kilter Films, and Warner Bros. Television production, The Peripheral is based on the 2014 science fiction novel of the same name by William Gibson, the famous American-Canadian speculative fiction writer known for pioneering the science fiction subgenre Cyberpunk. The series, adapted by Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Nolan, premiered on Amazon Prime Video. It follows the adventure of Flynne Fisher, who discovers a hidden connection to his own dark future in a near future where technology is subtly changing society. The production, starring the American actress Chloë Grace Moretz, who rose to prominence at a young age, focuses on the concepts of time and matter, and transfers the story to the series in terms of form and content within the scope of metaphysics. The works of the French philosopher and sociologist Jean Baudrillard, one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century, are mostly associated with postmodernism and post-structuralism, and “Simulation Theory” is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical studies in the scientific field. In his Simulacra and Simulation, he developed a theory of contemporary culture based on to replace economic notions of cultural production with notions of cultural expenditure. Baudrillard; “The derivation of a reality devoid of an origin or a reality through models is called hyperreal, that is, simulation.” he explains of the words phenomenon of simulation.Traveling to the future, Flynne Fisher arrives at a city we can call a sea of ​​images and a world of hyperreality that has replaced reality (as Baudrillard mentioned).


In this future world she has arrived in, we see that human values ​​are commercialized by making them economical and thus society and culture take the form of a kind of commodity. Another important detail is that the character of Conner Penske, who travels in time, does not want to go back to the past and wants to live in the future. Here, we encounter the concept of “Homogeneous Time” by the French philosopher Henri Bergson, an influential thinker in the tradition of analytical philosophy and continental philosophy, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927. Bergson in 1893; At Henri IV High School, he gives lectures devoted to the basic concepts of metaphysics, covering the subjects of space, time and matter. At lesson II; he deals with the subject of time; “What we call homogeneous time is the ideal setting, the stage for all succession, an impersonal time that explains the common in all personal durations.” he explains the concept of Homogeneous Time.


Flynne Fisher, who lives in a small town in rural America in the near future, works at a local 3D printing house. Her older brother, Burton, is a senior member of the US Marine Corps’ Haptic Recon force known as Haptic Technology. He is hired for a security job that takes place in what he thinks is cyberspace. But when his sister Flynne, temporarily takes his place, she suddenly finds herself seventy years later in a futuristic England in the early 22nd century. Flynne realizes that she came to this place, which she understands to be much more than an alternate reality, thanks to the quantum tunnel, and enjoys the world of the future. But when she witnesses what could be murder, things take a very different turn.

Stars; Chloë Grace Moretz, Gary Carr, Jack Reynor, JJ Feild, T’Nia Miller, Louis Herthum, Katie Leung, Melinda Page Hamilton, Chris Coy, Alex Hernandez, Charlotte Riley and Hannah Arterton.


In Ther Peripheral series, we see that the anarchist ideology, in which the search for social peace and unity comes to the fore both in the future and in the near future, lies at the base. This vision of life, which embraces nonviolence and pacifism, shows its effect in the time that embraces both chaos, accompanied by Flynne Fisher. Anarchism, whose ideological origins date back to Cynism and Stoic teachings in the West, took its present form in the XVIII century. The prominent name in this modern period is; English philosopher William Godwin, who has done important work in fields such as political philosophy, journalism and literature. Godwin in particular; He was influenced by the philosophy of the English philosopher John Locke, who laid the foundations of liberalism, the science of the English scientist Isaac Newton, the ethics of Francis Hutcheson, one of the architects of the Scottish Enlightenment, and the freedom understanding of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, an important philosopher of The Age of Enlightenment. He made great contributions to libertarianism and freedom thought, breaking new ground in political philosophy.


According to Godwin, the key to liberation is reason, and morality is a source from which basic axioms must be acquired. Godwin, in his work, The Philosophical Foundations of Anarchism, which had great repercussions during his lifetime; “Morality is a system of behavior determined by the consideration of the maximum public interest.” He states that the citizen who serves the public interest deserves the greatest moral character. The character of Flynne Fisher, who appears as a representation of virtue and morality in the series, acts morally for the welfare and happiness of the people around him (as Godwin stated), and applies Godwin’s philosophical system.

The Peripheral, which was shot in the USA-North Carolina and England-London, is a production that science fiction and mystery lovers will enjoy.



Jean Baudrillard, Simülakrlar ve Simülasyon(Simulacra and Simulation), translate. Oğuz Adanır, Ankara: Doğu Batı Yayınları press, 2014

Henri Bergson, Metafizik Dersleri Uzay-Zaman-Madde (Metaphysics Lectures Space-Time-Matter), translate. B. Garen Beşiktaşlıyan, İstanbul: Pinhan Yayıncılık press, 2015

William Godwin, Anarşizmin Felsefi Temelleri (The Collected Writings of William Godwin), translate. Deniz Uludağ, Ankara: Doğu Batı Yayınları press, 2020





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