'Dispatches from Elsewhere' premiere reminds viewers of Jordan Peele's horror flick 'Get Out'
The premiere slash pilot titled 'Peter' opens with a single Richard E Grant as the ominous Octavio — sitting on a chair and blankly staring at viewers
Contains spoilers for Episode 1: 'Peter'
Jason Segel's directorial debut and big TV comeback through AMC's 'Dispatches from Elsewhere' might not have opened to rave reviews from all the big critics, but when it comes to the ultimate reviewers — your general audience — the show is already a giant hit, with some of them drawing a comparison with Jordan Peele's Oscar-winning horror 'Get Out'.
The premiere slash pilot titled 'Peter' opens with a single Richard E Grant as the ominous Octavio — sitting on a chair and blankly staring back at viewers from the screen against a burnt orange background for a solid 20 seconds at least. He then introduces us to this scavenger hunt through an evoking game where people seek the great beyond, or whatever of it exists.
Following that, Octavio introduces us to the regular corporate drone Peter, played by Segel, whose daily monotony and mundane routine are supposed to give him an edgy Jack, the narrator from 'Fight Club', vibe. We look at him in his barely lit apartment, going through his coding job with little signs and eerie instances throughout his day that warns us of the whirlwind he is about to embark upon.
As we watch Peter sitting on his chair and staring into nothingness with the horrors of his existence flashing by, fans were reminded of that one particular scene in 'Get Out' where Daniel Kaluuya's Chris sits on a cozy armchair and is being hypnotized by his white girlfriend's mother.
What's more? "That was the same intro from when he watched the coagula in 'Get Out'," as pointed out by a fan. And anybody who has watched the nightmare that is Peele's directorial debut knows none of this can be good for Peter. Another fan remarked, "Peter sitting in front of the TV is reminding me of Get Out," and they weren't the only one as a third fan claimed: "Givin me Get Out vibes wit this chair and tv."
Without spoiling too much, let's just say Peter's journey — if not as horrifying as Chris' from 'Get Out' — is about to meet something that takes everything he knows about the world for a thrilling and chilling ride. So here is more of those eerie references to come.
'Dispatches from Elsewhere' premiered on March 1 at 10 pm only on AMC. The series will air on Tuesdays here onwards.