Tales from the Loop
|Tales from the Loop|
|Developed by||Nathaniel Halpern|
|Written by||Nathaniel Halpern|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||50–57 min|
|Production company(s)||Indio Film|
6th & Idaho Moving Picture Company
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||Prime Video|
|Picture format||4K (UHDTV)|
|Original release||April 3, 2020 –|
Tales from the Loop is an American science fiction drama web television series based on the eponymous art book by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag. The series premiered on Amazon Prime Video on April 3, 2020. All eight episodes of the first season were released simultaneously.
Tales from the Loop follows the interconnected lives of the residents in the fictional town of Mercer, Ohio. Mercer is home to the Mercer Center for Experimental Physics, an underground facility known as the Loop. It is there where researchers attempt to "make the impossible possible".
Cast and characters
- Rebecca Hall as Loretta, the mother of Jakob and Cole. She works alongside her husband George as a physicist at the Loop.
- Abby Ryder Fortson as Young Loretta
- Jonathan Pryce as Russ, the founder of the Loop. He is also the father of George and the husband of Klara.
- Daniel Zolghadri as Jakob, the oldest son of Loretta and George.
- Duncan Joiner as Cole, the youngest son of Loretta and George.
- Paul Schneider as George, the father of Jakob and Cole.
- Emjay Anthony as Young George
- Jane Alexander as Klara, the wife of Russ and the mother of George.
- Tyler Barnhardt as Danny Jansson
- Ato Essandoh as Gaddis
- Christin Park as Stacey
- Nicole Law as May
- Dan Bakkedahl as Ed
- Lauren Weedman as Kate
- Alessandra de Sa Pereira as Beth
- Leann Lei as Xiu
- Danny Kang as Ethan
- Dominic Rains as Lucas
- Jon Kortajarena as Alex
- Brian Maillard as Kent
- Elektra Kilbey as Alma
- Stefanie Estes as Sarah
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by ||Original release date |
|1||"Loop"||Mark Romanek||Nathaniel Halpern||April 3, 2020|
|2||"Transpose"||So Yong Kim||Nathaniel Halpern||April 3, 2020|
|3||"Stasis"||Dearbhla Walsh||Nathaniel Halpern||April 3, 2020|
|4||"Echo Sphere"||Andrew Stanton||Nathaniel Halpern||April 3, 2020|
|5||"Control"||Tim Mielants||Nathaniel Halpern||April 3, 2020|
|6||"Parallel"||Charlie McDowell||Nathaniel Halpern||April 3, 2020|
|7||"Enemies"||Ti West||Nathaniel Halpern||April 3, 2020|
|8||"Home"||Jodie Foster||Nathaniel Halpern||April 3, 2020|
On July 17, 2018, it was announced that Amazon had given the production, based on the 2014 narrative art book with the same title by Simon Stålenhag, a series order for a first season consisting of eight episodes. Executive producers include Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan, Rafi Crohn, Nathaniel Halpern, Mark Romanek, Mattias Montero, Johan Lindström, and Samantha Taylor Pickett. Halpern serves as showrunner and Romanek directed the pilot episode. Production companies involved with the series include 6th & Idaho, Indio, Amazon Studios, and Fox 21 Television Studios.
David Baird from the B.C. Catholic characterizes the series as "a set of loosely interrelated meditations upon ephemerality, the impact of technology, and human vulnerability infused with a mild science fiction savour" and considers it "a beguiling fusion of forward-looking nostalgia". Joshua Thomas from The Michigan Daily simply considers it "superb sci-fi"; "exactly what good sci-fi should look like." Writing for Firstpost, Prahlad Srihari thinks its "wide shots, the symmetrical frames, and the play of light and space all do justice to Stålenhag's retrofuturistic vision". According to The Verge's Joshua Rivera, "Tales from the Loop is so pretty it breaks your heart." Writing for Slashfilm, Hoai-Tran Bui thinks the show explores "universal elements of grief, aging, parenthood, loneliness, and love" but also that it "often toes the line between beguiling and boring". Polygon's Charlie Hall meanwhile, was left "feeling uneasy and confused."
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