Writing about Red Valley presents a unique challenge because I love it and to discuss it with any depth involves every possible spoiler. The most spoiler-free thing I can say is, if you ever wanted a series that upends its premise and that works, you want to listen to Red Valley. Because it looks like Warren and Gordon – intriguing, compelling, terrified, and determined. Also knowing a bit too much about death metal.
The show is hilarious and heart-breaking and complex and I really want you to listen to it because this is how It’s Done. ‘It’ in this instance being a horrific, hilarious, touching story about science, redemption, guilt, love and working for a man who threatens to feed you your own teeth in a delightful Cockney accent.
So I’ll do my best not to spoil absolutely everything, but I will give you the reveal of the pilot: Red Valley is a story about the first successful attempt to cryogenically preserve and revive a human being, and how that is so, so much worse than what happens when the attempt fails. That’s where we’ll start.
Enter Gordon Porlock, secret warlock.
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