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We are discussing what the jackpot is in Prime Video series The Peripheral and as such it will contain spoilers.
Episode four of The Periphery is entitled “Jackpot”, a word that’s been mentioned a few times on the show, but always in muted tones. This tragic time in human history is an important part of The peripheral devices Narrative, a crucial turning point in the past of the 2100 London timeline and a cataclysmic premonition in Flynne’s 2032 timeline that acts as a stark warning for her fleeting future. The jackpot seems to be the central theme of this episode, but what exactly is it and what caused the apocalyptic event in the first place?
What is “The Peripheral” about?
Prime video The Periphery is a science fiction series by Scott B Smith (A simple plan) this is executive produced by western world Creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The series is based on the 2014 novel of the same name by science fiction legend William Gibson. It tells the story of a futuristic technology that makes it possible VR gamers inhabiting a frighteningly realistic avatar and traveling almost seventy years into their future in distant London. While playing, they can feel and touch anything, even gaining the ability to feel both acute pain and pleasure.
The simulation turns out to be an alternate reality, and the player’s actions lead to real consequences in their past and future lives. Flynne (Chloe Grace Moretz) is the player tasked with exploring this future world, and she quickly finds herself embroiled in a missing person case, as well as many other criminal activities. With the help of her ex-Marine brother Burton (Jack Reynor) and her futuristic counterpart Wilf (Gary Carr) they follow clues to track down the missing Aelita (Charlotte Riley). But there’s a price tag on Flynne’s head, and numerous villains are after our fearless protagonist.
What is the jackpot in The Peripheral?
An alternative name for the apocalypse that awaits Flynne in her future, the Jackpot is an unforgettable scourge on the planet in mid-century that 2100 is still recovering from. It started out as a slow build up of many truly horrible events over a long period of time, building up into a perfect storm. Scholars dispute exactly when it began, but it is revealed to have begun as early as Flynne’s present, 2032.
The first major signs of this ensuing apocalypse came in 2039, just seven years from Flynne’s timeline. Hackers broke into the North American power grid, causing months of power outages across the continent. These then became commonplace around the world. Two years later, a pandemic ravaged society. Known as blood plague, this horrific virus attacked the liver, spleen, and intestines, causing body parts to fill with blood until the abdomen burst.
After that came environmental disasters: drought, famine, antibiotic failure, and collapse of agriculture. Animals became extinct and the population declined by seven billion people in just over four decades. The final nail in the coffin came from a domestic terrorist attack in America. Terrorists blew up a nuclear missile silos in Spring Creek, North Carolina where Flynne lives, causing the complete and utter annihilation of the country.
Why is the jackpot important?
This chaotic and destructive period of time is crucial to the conspiracy The Periphery on many levels. From Flynne’s point of view, it is an event that has not yet fully occurred and could be avoided. It’s a chilling prediction that will mean pain and suffering on an unprecedented scale, but it’s something she can now warn others about, or at least prepare her own family for. The premonition will completely change Flynne’s thought process and way of life, and will undoubtedly affect her sanity and all her future decisions.
For the people of London, 2100, this is a tragedy that is already over. Yet they are still recovering from the aftermath of these apocalyptic events, and it will surely take centuries of hardship to return anywhere near the prosperity of the early 21st century. The jackpot created this post-apocalyptic world and shaped the characters in unforeseen ways.
Has the jackpot started yet?
It was confirmed by Ash (Katie Leung) that the jackpot had already started in Flynne’s timeline. This probably points to the current woes of our society: climate change, pandemics, war and poverty. Flynne pops the question, which suggests her timeline is still fairly productive and her life hasn’t been personally affected by these horrors yet, but this perfect storm is slowly growing and is clearly on its way. In a way, this reflects our society at large, we live in an age that is chillingly aware of the many issues that could destroy the planet, and yet we unconsciously move on, ignoring our own plight.
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