I’ll just keep it with you: The first teaser trailer for Mrs. Davisthe upcoming sci-fi drama series produced by Damon Lindelof (The leftovers) and writer Tara Hernandez (The big bang theory), sucks boring. There’s no other way to say it.
It’s really just a montage of seemingly perfect strangers from all over the world approaching and handing each other their wireless earbuds (those eww, gross) while saying, “She wants to talk to you,” in a disturbingly chipper tone. It all feels very bad Don’t worry honey-ish.
Doesn’t do justice to the otherwise raucous, straightforward call to just come out and say, “The guy behind HBO’s Guardians and a Young Sheldon writer team up to make a show about a nun waging war against a benevolent tyrannical AI, “isn’t it?” Really just buries the party, to be honest, and not even in a seductive way.
The series, which premieres March 14 on South By Southwest ahead of its debut on Peacock on April 20, stars Betty Gilpin (The hunt) and Jake McDorman (Guardians) as Simone, the aforementioned luddite nun and Wiley, her ex-boyfriend and companion in the fight against Mrs. Davis – the hyper-advanced machine of loving grace that presumably rules all of humanity in the future. Margo Martindale (Cocaine Bear) will act as Simone’s Mother Superior, while David Arquette (scream), Ashley Romans (Y: The last man), Andy McQueen (Station Eleven), and Katja Herbers (Malicious) will also appear in undisclosed supporting roles.
In the wake of the premature cancellation of similar cerebral (see: mindfuck) shows like West world, Raised by wolvesAnd 1899, I am more than willing at this point to open my heart and mind to another high-concept sci-fi drama with bold ambitions and deep philosophical underpinnings. I only hope that when Lindelof, Hernandez and co. are finally ready to take the lid off the show and finally give the audience a peek at what the heck Mrs. Davis is and what exactly the show is Actually over, they will do without the tried and true “Mystery Box” promotional tactics. It might have been cool when Lost was still on the air, but seriously come on – that was over a decade ago. This shit has gotten old.
The first four episodes of Mrs. Davis premieres April 20 on Peacock.