Severance: Apple TV+ takes trippy ride into the office with star-studded cast

New York, New York - Apple TV+ released the new series Severance on Friday featuring some big names, but is it worth the watch?

(From l. to r.) Tramell Tillman, Zach Cherry, John Turturro, Britt Lower, and Adam Scott shine in the new show Severance.
(From l. to r.) Tramell Tillman, Zach Cherry, John Turturro, Britt Lower, and Adam Scott shine in the new show Severance.  © Apple TV+ Press

Have you ever wished you could do your work, get paid, and make a living with seemingly no effort at all? Do you have trouble detaching from the job and figuring out the Holy Grail of work-life balance?

This is the set-up behind the new Apple TV+ show Severance. The series features a group of white collar office workers who have opted into a program that surgically implants a chip into their brain that separates their "work-self" from their "real-self."

The new show is directed by Ben Stiller and Aoife McArdle, and features a cast of Hollywood favorites like Christopher Walken, John Turturro, Patricia Arquette, and Adam Scott.

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The characters' "real-self" exist in the everyday outside the office walls, but when the employees arrive at work and take the long elevator down to their floor, the chip implant is activated and the "work-self" takes over. As they leave the building at the end of the work day, they return to their "real-self," feeling as though they slept through the shift.

While Severance is as trippy and existential as it sounds, it weaves a thought-provoking tale filled with enough mystery and grim humor to become an instant classic.

What makes Severance so good?

Adam Scott stars as Mark Scout in the show Severence.
Adam Scott stars as Mark Scout in the show Severence.  © Apple TV+ Press

Severance offers viewers an incredibly original story by writer Dan Erickson.

In the age of remakes and remasters, it's refreshing to see a story that feels like it hasn't been done before, but at the same time it pays homage to dystopian classics like George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's A Brave New World.

Stiller and McArdle brilliantly bring the plot's dark and menacing aspects of life onscreen, and make us wonder which way the storyline is headed.

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While it's definitely a heavy dialogue and plot-driven series, it's also a slow-burn. The cerebral viewing experience will have you questioning your own work-life balance, too.

There is also a reoccurring sense of dread and doom throughout the story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, which may be why one Twitter user fittingly described the show as "existential corporate sci-fi horror."

The first two episodes of the show are currently streaming on Apple TV+, with a new episode set to air every Friday.

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