Raised by Wolves (American TV series)

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Raised by Wolves
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Genre
Created byAaron Guzikowski
Starring
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Jon Kuyper
Cinematography
Editor(s)
Running time42–55 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original networkHBO Max
Original releaseSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03) –
present (present)
External links
HBO Max

Raised by Wolves is an American science fiction drama television series created by Aaron Guzikowski that premiered on HBO Max on September 3, 2020.[1] The first two episodes were directed by Ridley Scott, who also serves as an executive producer for the show.[2] In September 2020, the series was renewed for a second season.[3]

Premise[edit]

Raised by Wolves centers around "two androids — Father and Mother — tasked with raising human children on Kepler-22b after the Earth was destroyed by a great war. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task."[4]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten by [5]Original release date [6]
1"Raised by Wolves"Ridley ScottAaron GuzikowskiSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03)
In the 22nd century, two androids, Mother and Father, escape an Earth devastated by war between militant atheists and a religious order known as the Mithraic to colonize the planet Kepler-22b, bringing with them human embryos with which to begin a new civilization. Twelve years later, only one child, Campion, has survived. As prospects for the future of the colony appear grim, the three are shocked to discover they are not the only refugees from Earth in this part of the universe.
2"Pentagram"Ridley ScottAaron GuzikowskiSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03)
After destroying the Mithraic vessel, Mother brings five surviving Mithraic children—Tempest, Paul, Hunter, Holly, and Vita—to the colony to raise along with Campion. Marcus, having survived Mother's attempt on his life, reunites with the remnant of the Mithraic as they struggle to adapt to life on Kepler-22b. Campion grows concerned about Mother's behavior and begins questioning her intentions.
3"Virtual Faith"Luke ScottAaron GuzikowskiSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03)
When the Mithraic children begin exhibiting signs of illness, Campion, now openly distrustful of Mother, becomes convinced the android is trying to poison the new members of the settlement and leads an escape attempt. Desperate to save their son, Paul, from Mother's clutches, Marcus and Sue grow increasingly frustrated with Ambrose's indecision and his refusal to authorize a rescue mission. Father finds all of the escaped children except for Paul, who became separated from the group. While Mother searches for Paul, he falls down a shaft.
4"Nature's Course"Luke ScottAaron GuzikowskiSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)
Concerned for their prospects for survival after he and Mother eventually cease to function, Father attempts to teach Campion and the Mithraic children to hunt the strange creatures that have suddenly appeared near the settlement. Tempest grows increasingly hostile toward Mother over the android's obsessive interest in her pregnancy. Tensions between Marcus and Ambrose come to a head when the Mithraic discover an ancient relic, believed by them to be the fulfillment of a Mithraic prophecy, and dissension arises among the order as to whether the group should remain at the artifact or rescue the children.
5"Infected Memory"Sergio Mimica-GezzanHeather BellsonSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)
Now leader of the Mithraic, Marcus leads Sue and the rest of the order on a rescue mission, encountering a surprising new ally along the way. Campion and Paul grow to trust one another as they discover a potential new food source for the colony. While Mother discovers hidden memories within her memory banks that reveal the full import of her mission, Tempest's despair reaches the breaking point. As the Mithraic draw close to the settlement, Marcus is haunted by a series of bizarre visions.
6"Lost Paradise"Sergio Mimica-GezzanDon JohSeptember 17, 2020 (2020-09-17)
Mother's prolonged absences from the settlement, spent interacting with a digital projection of her creator in the Mithraic simulator, threaten the safety of the colony. Marcus' plan to destroy Mother while she is plugged into the simulator goes horribly wrong. When Sue leads a Mithraic assault on the settlement, each of the Mithraic children are forced to reveal their true loyalties, culminating in game-changing consequences for Mother, Father, and Campion.
7"Faces"Alex GabassiKaren CampbellSeptember 17, 2020 (2020-09-17)
With Mother held captive and powerless by the Mithraic and Father reprogrammed, Campion is forced to choose whether to resist the Mithraic or ally himself with them. Marcus is disturbed to discover that Mother is aware of his true identity. Campion begins experiencing visions of Tally. As he attempts to destroy Mother once and for all, Marcus finds himself grappling with a tenuous hold on his leadership of the Mithraic, his relationships with both Sue and Paul, and his own sanity.
8"Mass"[7]TBASinead DalySeptember 24, 2020 (2020-09-24)

The remaining episodes of the first season include:[a]

  • "The Beginning", written by: Aaron Guzikowski
  • "Umbilical", written by: Aaron Guzikowski

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On October 8, 2018, it was announced that TNT had given the production a series order. Executive producers were expected to include Ridley Scott, Aaron Guzikowski, David W. Zucker, Jordan Sheehan, Adam Kolbrenner, and Robyn Meisinger. Scott was also set to direct the first two episodes and Guzikowski to write it.[8] Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Scott Free Productions, Studio T, and Madhouse Entertainment.[9][10][11] The series was filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, which substituted for the exoplanet Kepler-22b.[12] On September 17, 2020, HBO Max renewed the series for a second season.[3]

Casting[edit]

In January 2019, it was announced that Travis Fimmel, Amanda Collin, Abubakar Salim, Winta McGrath, Niamh Algar, Felix Jamieson, Ethan Hazzard, Jordan Loughran, Aasiya Shah, and Ivy Wong had been cast in starring roles.[4][13] In March 2019, Matias Varela was cast in a starring role.[14]

Podcast[edit]

On August 26, 2020, an official companion podcast produced by iHeartRadio was announced via a trailer published across all podcasting platforms, with the first episode premiering on September 3, 2020, in tandem with the launch of the series itself.[15]

The podcast features conversations with show creator Aaron Guzikowski, and invites "innovators from science and technology to discuss the most fascinating questions raised by the series."[16]

Broadcast and streaming[edit]

On October 29, 2019, it was announced the series would be moving to WarnerMedia's HBO Max streaming service.[17] The series premiered on September 3, 2020.[1]

In Canada, the series premiered on September 3, 2020, on CraveTV and CTV Sci-Fi Channel.[18] In Australia, the series premiered on September 3, 2020 on Foxtel.[19] In France and Latin America the series will premiere on Warner TV On December 2020.

Reception[edit]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 74% of 43 critic reviews were positive, with an average rating of 6.94/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Bristling with imagination and otherworldly imagery, Raised by Wolves is a bloody exploration of artificial intelligence and religious belief that will stimulate the eye and mind—if not the heart."[20] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 65 out of 100 based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21]

Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a B- and wrote a review saying, "I've seen six episodes, and worry that the momentum drags. This is the kind of show where two sides fight, and then spend half a season preparing to fight again. The eccentric performances are intriguing, though."[22] John Anderson of The Wall Street Journal said, "The storyline is involved, but keeps a viewer off-balance in a good way. It looks great. And Mother... is the most memorable female/female-like space entity since Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in Alien."[23]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Episodes are currently ordered as they appear on the Writers Guild of America West website.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hersko, Tyler (August 5, 2020). "'Raised By Wolves' Trailer: Ridley Scott's HBO Max Series Sets Premiere Date". IndieWire. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  2. ^ Hale, Mike (September 2, 2020). " 'Raised by Wolves' Review: Ridley Scott Among the Androids". New York Times. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  3. ^ a b White, Peter (September 17, 2020). "'Raised By Wolves' Renewed At HBO Max For Season 2". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (January 9, 2019). "Scott Free: Travis Fimmel To Star In Series 'Raised By Wolves' As Company Ramps Up". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Raised by Wolves". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  6. ^ "Raised by Wolves – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  7. ^ O'Keefe, Meghan (September 10, 2020). "When Will 'Raised By Wolves' Episode 6 Premiere on HBO Max?". Decider. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  8. ^ Choe, Brandon (August 5, 2020). "'Raised By Wolves' Sees Ridley Scott "Evolving Into New Stuff We Haven't Seen Yet"; Watch The Trailer – TCA". Deadline. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (October 8, 2018). "Ridley Scott's 'Raised By Wolves' Lands Series Order At TNT With Scott Set To Direct". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (October 8, 2018). "TNT Orders 'Raised by Wolves' Sci-Fi Series; Ridley Scott Producing, Directing". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 8, 2018). "TNT Orders Ridley Scott-Produced Sci-Fi Drama 'Raised by Wolves'". Variety. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  12. ^ Scott Snowden (September 3, 2020). "'Raised By Wolves' brings Ridley Scott's new sci-fi vision to HBO Max". SPACE.com.
  13. ^ Pedersen, Erik (January 17, 2019). "'Raised By Wolves': Principal Cast Set For Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi Drama For TNT". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (March 18, 2019). "'Raised By Wolves': Matias Varela Cast In Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  15. ^ "Raised by Wolves: The Podcast". iHeartRadio. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  16. ^ "‎Raised by Wolves: The Podcast on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 29, 2019). "Ridley Scott's 'Raised by Wolves' Sci-Fi Series Moves From TNT To HBO Max". Deadline Hollywood.
  18. ^ "The Future is Now. Ridley Scott's New HBO Max Original Series, RAISED BY WOLVES, Debuts September 3 on Crave". August 25, 2020. RAISED BY WOLVES will also reach television audiences exclusively on CTV Sci-Fi with a sneak-peak season premiere, Thursday Sept. 3 at 9:3 0p.m. ET. The season will continue to unfold Fridays at 9 p.m. ET beginning September 4.
  19. ^ "The Raised By Wolves Trailer Has Dropped And We're Getting Goosebumps". August 6, 2020. There’s been buzz building for Raised by Wolves for some time, and now we can see why, with the arrival of the sci-fi drama’s first trailer and the announcement that it will be arriving on FOX SHOWCASE on Thursday September 3, express from the US!
  20. ^ "Raised by Wolves: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  21. ^ "Raised by Wolves: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  22. ^ Franich, Darren (August 27, 2020). "Raised by Wolves is a shaggy science-fiction saga with a bloody bite: Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  23. ^ Anderson, John (September 2, 2020). "'Raised by Wolves' Review: A Snarling Sci-Fi Provocation". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 2, 2020.

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