- Creator: Graham Yost
- Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, David Oyelowo, Rashida Jones, Tim Robbins, Common, Ferdinand Kingsley, Harriet Walter, Chinaza Uche
Warning: Reviews of Silo season 1 will contain spoilers.
If you’ve been reading these reviews, you’ll recall that my one minor quibble with Silo has been in its characterization of Juliette. Of course, Rebecca Ferguson has been giving a solid performance so far, but the show hasn’t really delved deep into who Juliette is or what she believes. However, Truth is immensely satisfying because it expands her character and dedicates enough time to the mystery it set up in the first three episodes.
The sci-fi aspects of the show have been a little less prevalent lately, and that’s fine; too much exploration of the Silo’s mythology could quickly become exhausting and make the show crumble under its own weight. Consider what happened to Lost in its later seasons, when it piled mystery upon mystery to diminishing returns. Truth uses about a third of its runtime to Juliette’s childhood and her frayed relationship with her father to inform who she is today. Her brother and mother died when she was younger, though the circumstances are a little vague, and the tragedy fractured her relationship with her father.
It’s never easy to utilize flashbacks effectively (again, just ask Lost) but episode writer Remi Aubuchon uses the scenes of young Juliette to move the present-day plot forward. Last week’s shocking death of Jahns was a nice springboard for the drama this week, as Juliette officially begins her tenure as sheriff. Unsurprisingly, not everyone is rolling out the red carpet, and she receives some pushback from Holston’s previous secretary and Marnes. The dynamic between Marnes and Juliette will certainly be worth watching as they help each other solve the murders of their loved ones. Will Patton has been nothing but fun so far, and gets more meaty material in Truth, navigating the rage and grief from Jahns’ death and his begrudging alliance with Juliette. Though his final encounter with the unknown invader in his home may hinder that.
Rebecca Ferguson’s native Swedish accent has snuck its way into the show, which I find surprisingly endearing. It speaks to Juliette’s inherent duality, as an upper level native who found her way to the bottom of the Silo. In Truth, Aubuchon continues the show’s way of finding avenues to comment on the disparities of the people within the Silo. It’s another understated bit of social commentary – just because the world has ended doesn’t mean the survivors will live in peace and harmony.
Now that we have some additional context into Juliette and how she grew up, it’ll help to understand her much better as she tries to solve the murders. I don’t know where the show is headed from here; whether we’ll uncover more secrets of the Silo or if those will be more tangential to solving the murder mysteries. Regardless, I’m just as invested in this show for the remainder of the season. Silo isn’t perfect just yet but, four episodes in, it’s got enough solid material to be worthwhile.