Despite its timely trappings, the sci-fi series works best as an empty-calorie thriller.
Though it doesn’t provide room for a fully formed character arc, the series is driven by its performances and mordant humor.
Created by Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson, the series positions its protagonist as a bastion of artistic purity.
The show’s episodic sitcom rhythms allow for an easier access point to the narrative about identity and prejudice.
The story’s rush of exposition can be dizzying, but the pieces fall into place in ways that aren’t entirely unbelievable.