CBC is launching a hip-hop sci-fi series just in time for Black Futures Month.
The 10-episode YA series Utopia Falls, which drops on streaming service CBC Gem on February 14, is set in a sanitized utopian future where history has been deleted and young people compete in a Hunger Games-style dance and music showcase. The young heroes led by Robyn Alomar’s Aliyah accidentally discover a hidden archive that exposes them to history and culture.
Utopia Falls encompasses all the things Toronto-based creator and director R.T. Thorne grew up loving: comic books, science fiction, Star Trek, Star Wars and, most importantly, hip-hop.
“Growing up you dream of these futures,” he says in an interview with NOW. “But Lando [Calrissian from Star Wars] was the one brother in space! You don’t really get to see your people in the future, and when you do they’re somebody’s sidekick. I really wanted to see what my culture would be in the future.”