Anatomically modern humans vs socially modern humans. The evolutionary advantage of controlled fire and beginning to cook food. Getting away from all-day mastication and looooooooong intestines in favor of the big brain on Brad.
Getting boy without modern technology. The earliest evidence for humans cooking with fire. Differentiating human-controlled fire from millennia ago from other sources (like iguanas, or wildfires).
Life expectancies over time. Appreciation for antibiotics. Life expectancy vs lifespan. Evolving into a centauranarian.
Less-than-generous portrayals of religious characters. Third-act surprises. Jesus vs the antichrist.
What: A great scifi vehicle for questions of consciousness and identity and transhumanism and Joel Kinnaman’s abs. Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik, Nick Hurran, Uta Briesewitz, Andy Goddard, Peter Hoar Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Martha Higareda, James Purefoy
What: The first season of Amazon’s anthology series, Electric Dreams, bringing a bunch of Philip K Dick‘s short stories to life. Directed by: Julian Jarrold, David Farr, Tom Harper, Marc Munden, Jeffrey Reiner, Francesca Gregorini, Dee Rees, Peter Horton, Alan Taylor, Michael Dinner Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jack Gore, Shannon Brown, Annalise Basso, Maura Tierney, Connor Paolo, Juno Temple, Janelle Monáe, David Lyons, Karin Anglin, Anton Bassey, Anu Bhatt, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard
What: Stories of dystopian sadness but with multiple stories inside one sometimes. Directed by: Tim Van Patten, David Slade, Colm McCarthy Starring: Georgina Campbell, Joe Cole, Gina Bramhill | Maxine Peake, Jake Davies, Clint Dyer | Douglas Hodge, Letitia Wright, Daniel Lapaine
What: Dystopian sadness over and over where somehow the bright points are even worse Directed by: Toby Haynes, Jodie Foster, John Hillcoat Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Andrew Gower | Rosemarie DeWitt, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague | Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson
What: Haunted house in space. And Hell maybe. You won’t need eyes! Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones, Jack Noseworthy, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee
What: Vampires have taken over the world, but face a resource crisis as the human population dwindles to near-extinction. This is actually a really good movie idea, btw. Directed by: The Spierig Brothers Starring: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill