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The TV Series

  • Awesome Music: The incredible, experimental score composed by Cristobal Tapia de Veer encapsulates the paranoia and fear of the main characters, while also giving some surprisingly upbeat tracks.
  • Crazy Awesome: Jessica Hyde, Raised by Wolves to become a Crazy Survivalist. Best shown in Series 2 with her entire escape from the Facility.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant:
    • Lee qualifies, given his preferred method of torture. He's also shown to be a sociopath and the tone of his voice is always creepy.
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    • Wilson after his Face–Heel Turn may also qualify.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Absolutely packed to the gunwales with it.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Some of the principles that the Network stand for make logical sense. Overpopulation of the planet is a genuine concern many people have.
  • Squick:
    • The eye torture scene in the first episode.
    • Milner rummaging around inside someone's head to retrieve her bullet.
    • The fingernail torture scene from the first episode of Series 2.
    • Wilson carving the Chinese character for "rabbit" into his torso as he becomes the new Mr. Rabbit.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Mr. Lee is shot and taken out of commission after one episode in the first series and is presumed dead. He turns out to have survived being shot but has very little impact in the second series before being shot again in the series finale.
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  • Too Good to Last: The show was cancelled by Channel 4 after the end of Series 2. This unfortunately leaves the show on a cliffhanger, as Dennis Kelly had planned up to a 4th series.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • All of the main characters meet in a chat room on a fan website, which was fairly old-school even in 2013. Modern online communities have moved to social media.
    • When speaking of the fictional "Russian flu," characters make reference to the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s, but COVID-19 would be the more modern comparison in terms of severity.
  • The Woobie: To varying degrees, almost all of the main characters but especially Grant and Alice.

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