Incorporated: Season 1 (2016 - 2017)


Season 1
Incorporated

Critics Consensus

Incorporated's impressive production values, solid performances, and engaging vision of a bleak future outweigh a predictable, clichéd narrative.

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Critic Ratings: 30

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Audience Score

User Ratings: 189
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Episodes

1
Air date: Nov 30, 2016
2
Air date: Dec 7, 2016
3
Air date: Dec 14, 2016
4
Air date: Dec 21, 2016
5
Air date: Dec 28, 2016
6
Air date: Jan 4, 2017
7
Air date: Jan 11, 2017
8
Air date: Jan 18, 2017
9
Air date: Jan 25, 2017
10
Air date: Feb 1, 2017
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Spiga Biotech junior executive Ben Larson (Sean Teale) hides his real identity in order to infiltrate a very sinister corporate world and save the woman he loves in this bone-chilling thriller produced by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Todd. Set in the not-so-distant future (the year 2074, to be exact), Season 1 introduces viewers to a society in chaos, with America being run by big business and climate change wreaking havoc on the continent. It's a world of the haves and the have-nots kept divided by actual walls, with the wealthy privileged few inside Utopian Green Zones, while the miserable poor fight for survival in the chaotic slums known as the Red Zones. Ben is one of the lucky ones, living comfortably in Milwaukee with his beautiful wife Laura (Allison Miller), a plastic surgeon, whose mother Elizabeth (Julia Ormond) happens to be the powerful head of Spiga's U.S. operations. But having grown up in the poverty-stricken Red Zone, Ben, whose real name is Aaron, hasn't forgotten his roots and is on a mission to help those he left behind, including his friend Theo (Eddie Ramos), but especially his long-lost childhood sweetheart Elena (Denyse Tontz), who sold herself into servitude to the corporation to pay off her family's debts. Rounding out the cast are Damon Herriman as Hendrick, a fellow refugee in disguise; and Dennis Haysbert as Spiga's feared head of security, Julian.

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Critic Reviews for Incorporated Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (17)

While their new show offers a vision of the future that isn't particularly original, its plot is energetic, and its visuals are sleek and appealingly stylized.

Nov 30, 2016 | Full Review…

Although its super-bleak future is nothing new, Incorporated does an above-average job of bringing it all home.

Nov 30, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The production values are high, the acting efficient, the story teems with twists and turns. But nothing like this could ever happen, could it? Could it?

Nov 28, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

This isn't comfort TV, but there's always time and motivation to watch yet another cautionary tale about the threat of too much corporate power.

Dec 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Incorporated suggests that those who hold on to their human values can subvert any system that seeks to take their freedom from them. And that's a welcome message anytime.

Dec 2, 2016 | Full Review…
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Top Critic

Even when the central story fails to spark major interest, the world that's been built is enough to keep us engaged. Even if we spend all too often worrying that this fiction could, in some way, eventually become fact.

Dec 1, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

There is... a pervasive feeling that we have seen a show like this before. I'm not sure Incorporated can hold it's own against a plethora of viewing choices fans of the Syfy network have.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Though familiar at times, Incorporated looks great and features a grounded, human tale underneath all the tyranny.

Nov 30, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Much of Incorporated seems all too real.

Nov 30, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The series packs enough intrigue in its first two hours, and leans on its worldbuilding, character drama, and familiar faces, to give Syfy the potential for a mainstream hit.

Nov 30, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Incorporated: Season 1

  • Apr 02, 2018
    I really liked this series and I'm very disappointed it wasn't continued further. Considering the theme of corporate greed and corruption, perhaps art imitating life was a little too close for comfort and thus the show was cancelled.
  • Mar 10, 2018
    I’ll just say, had this show come out this year on the tail of the continued success (and growinf appeal) of Black Mirror and thr Almost suprise hit (amongst those whO matter anyway... not so much the critics) Altered Carbon, we would be seeing a second season of thiS. Im still really surprised that SYfy aXed this so early.
  • Jan 19, 2018
    The smartest best SYFY I've ever seen. Why did they cancel such a fantastic show?!
  • Dec 15, 2017
    This was such a awesome show I hope they bring it back
  • Dec 12, 2017
    Ever since ‘Battlestar Galactica’ established the SyFy channel is a major contender and original television programming, there track record is demonstrated mixed results but in general, they have become a source with some of the more interesting new series in an ever-expanding market. Where the latest endeavors came from a team of quality, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck. The latest project was a promising series called ‘Incorporated’ another in a never-ending line of dystopian futures. But I first read the synopsis in the pre-premier press release by the first impression was once again we will be visiting a future where corporations have supplanted governments. Thematically this is one of the most popular premises when considering a bleak, dehumanizing future. This has been such a popular foundation force dystopian stories at they have been a significant number that you retain the lauded position cinematically akin to a literary classic. Films such as ‘Rollerball,' ‘The Island’ and the entire ‘Resident Evil’ franchise extrapolates on the true to life scenario where corporations have exerted increasing influence over the established government. Coincidentally, resulting from the 2016 presidential election, the chief executive of the United States is a man known as businessman/reality TV personality with no prior political experience. From the perspective of the requisite context this genre must establish to draw the audience into a frighteningly believable set of circumstances. With current events fully supporting the possibility, arguably the inevitability of government by corporation. At the core of every exploration of this theme is the extreme polarization of economically defined castes. Ascending the corporate hierarchy become crucial for personal survival than the quest for corner office on the Olympian executive in the main headquarters. Power now encompasses the very lives of millions of people not merely a corporate division. ‘Incorporated’ brings the audience on a journey through the quagmire of office politics, class prejudice, and blackmail as a recognized means to attain personal and professional objectives. From reference made in this series, the rise of the plutocracy began with wealthy and powerful corporations contributing to political parties in return for preferred treatment. Over time the corporations rose to a stature beyond the law. This is the world that Ben Larson (Sean Teal) was born into albeit as a child of poverty. There is virtual no proscribe path to move from the common throng to the elite. There is no middle class, just the senior management of the corporations and those doom to live and die in squalor. The series begins in the year 2074 and Ben have finally achieved a position to execute a plan that he has been that have been festering since he was a child. He lived in the Red Zone, the slum containing the downtrodden masses. Most people hopeless crushed by debt are forced to face the brutal reality of defaulting; Failure to pay is tantamount to a death sentence. Ben loves a girl in his neighborhood, Elena (Denyse Tontz), an especially beautiful young woman but her family was about to lose everything has her father was obligated to pay off a staggering amount immediately. With no other option, Elena sells herself to the Corporation. Within the context of this dysfunctional society that entails entering into a formal, legally binding contract. In exchange for assigning bonus sufficient to erase her father’s debts, Elena becomes the property of the corporation’s Executive Entertainment Division. They will pimp her out to the powerful and influential. Her meager compensation is dispensed to her father as per a clause in the contract. Ben has been meticulously maneuvering to obtain a position in the corporation hierarchy conducive to extricating Elana from her carnal enslavement. Ben now has a beautiful, well-connected wife, Laura (Allison Miller), with practice as a plastic surgeon. In the Green Zone, the superficiality of appearance is crucial. Laura could attain an education and professional standing largely because her mother is Elizabeth Krauss (Julia Ormond), the head of Spiga Corporation’s US Operations. In this corporate hive, Elizabeth is the undisputed queen bee. The critical element for the requisite advancement is a promotion that will bring him to the Holy of Holies, and office on the top floor of the corporate headquarters. Ben has one co-worker that is a realistic rival, Roger Caplan (Douglas Nyback). Ben obtains some extremely illegal computer hardware that provides an untraceable backdoor into the corporate servers. Roger is passed over, and Ben moves into his new office. There is another reason Elizabeth is prone to help Ben. He and Laura are trying to have a baby. The corporation controls procreation and in part involves a complete DNA assay. It revealed Ben’s exposure to lead and malaria as a result of his childhood in the Red zone. The timeline of the series alternates between the present and past back when Ben, the rising star still labored under the restricted prospects afforded to his identity. Although the fundamental premise of the story is overly familiar, it works due to the expert utilization of the substantial talent present on both sides of the camera. The co-creators, brothers Dan and Alex Pastor, are using this series to consolidate their migration from Barcelona to the American-made product. Previously they had written and directed several films in a range of genres encompassing an eclectic spectrum of mystery, horror and science fiction. One of the movies they provided the screenplay for was ‘Self/less,' about a dying mogul purchasing the transfer of his consciousness into a healthy young body. Many themes explored in that movie provides a solid foundation developed in the context of this story. The complete disregard for the life of the donor, little more than a new suit of clothes to replace a worn outfit. That dehumanization has taken to an extreme that demonstrates how any form of oligarchy inevitably reduces the lower class to a sub-human status. This has been de rigueur whenever a privileged few hold absolute power. Ben by shedding his lowly birth identity to reinvent himself as a person of considerable power. The story cleverly avoids several pitfalls most dystopian stories are unable to side step. There is a head of security, Julian Morse (Damon Herriman) whose suspicious nature has him cast his inquisitive eye on Ben. Rather than overly depending on this thread to bind the dramatic motivation together. That would have drastically altered the intrinsic drive of the story. Such a focus would unavoidably have corrupted the true intensity of the series. The show was crafted to expose another dark aspect of the human condition. Absolute power always corrupts absolutely, but the primary focus was collapsed to a microcosm presented through the trials and tribulations of individuals trapped by the immutable roles assigned by the system. Such a nuanced story requires an expert touch by the performers bringing the characters and circumstances to life. Sean Teale has the unenviable task of playing two diametrically opposite characters. The Red Zone Ben, is determined to take down the draconian rule of the corporate overlords. The Green Zone Ben may unstably have appeared to have the same goal but the necessity of rising through the hierarchy to gain access the necessary knowledge and power. On some level, he enjoys the perks of the 1%. He no longer must scam to survive, at least not in the overt fashion required by the streets of the Red Zone. Ben has leveraged his street smarts into what amounts to an unfair advantage over his homogenized adversaries. They all had the same privileged upbringing, the same elite schools, and exclusive associations. Ben learned to use anything to obtain his objective. What he couldn’t completely prepare for was their home court advantage. Denyse Tontz does an excellent job as the disparate young woman forced to sell her only commodity, youthful beauty, and sexual appeal, becoming a sex slave to save her family. Once again, a familiar, mundane plot contrivance made interesting by a tightly woven script and the abilities of the performers to present the essence of their characters to the viewers. Unfortunately, the series was canceled after a mere ten episodes by the primary distributor, the CBS Television Distribution, even though I am reasonably certain that another season on the SyFy Channel would have allowed the series to find its narrative voice and secure a loyal fan base.
  • Sep 13, 2017
    I really enjoyed the first season!
  • Apr 25, 2017
    Should not have been cancelled!
  • Apr 04, 2017
    Should have been renewed for season 2
  • Jan 31, 2017
    Incorporated is an excellent new series
  • Jan 28, 2017
    The premise for this show was interesting and Sean Teale portrays the MC very well. The storyline has gotten better and I can't wait for what's coming next!

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