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Things We Saw Today: Ridley Scott Returns to Science Fiction With Raised by Wolves

Plus Chuck Wendig, Rita Repulsa, and more!

If you’re a fan of expansive science fiction, then you’ll likely be excited about the new trailer for HBO Max’s latest original series Raised by Wolves. Created by Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), the series follows the story of two androids restarting humanity on a new planet after religious divides and wars have ruined Earth. The androids, Father (Abubakar Salim) and Mother (Amanda Collin), raise a new generation of children to be atheists, but trouble comes in the form of a group of religious humans looking to colonize their planet.

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The imagery of the trailer is reminiscent of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, so it won’t surprise you to learn that Ridley Scott himself directed the first two episodes and is and an executive producer on the series. Raised by Wolves will be Scott’s first television project in decades, and if the trailer is anything to go by, the series will feature the philosophical and cerebral sci-fi the director is famous for.

There’s a lot to unpack in the trailer alone, which digs into themes of parenthood, artificial intelligence, and the corrupting influence of religion. And of course, Scott can’t resist an android who questions their own humanity, or lack of it. The trailer showcases high production values and stunning cinematography, and could very well be the streaming channel’s new Westworld or even Game of Thrones.

For now, we’re tentatively excited for this bold new series. Hopefully it won’t be as inscrutable as Prometheus, but will retain some of the magic of the Alien series.

(via AV Club, image: screencap/HBO Max)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.