The winter months are upon us, and as we prepare to bundle up and enjoy the change of season, nothing can ease the change of seasons quite like a binge-worthy series that tickles the imagination and inspires new levels of consciousness.
Below, I’ve compiled a list of dimension-hopping, psychedelic, and surreal series that bend the mind, and defy genre.
8 Dimension Slipping Shows Worth Binge-Watching
Alma is a 28-year-old living in San Antonio, Texas, whose life is caught in a mundane routine. Sleep, work, eat, repeat. But, after getting into a nearly fatal car accident, her near-death-experience unlocks new levels of consciousness, and a new (shamanic) relationship to time, which helps unravel the mysteries surrounding her father’s death. With UNDONE’s episodes being a half-hour each, the worst thing about this genre-bending, animated dramedy is that there is only one season so far!
“As the Gelfling race on the planet Thra become aware of the fact that their customarily worshiped overlords, the Skeksis, are exploitative, taxing essence-suckers who are destroying their world, three Gelflings — Rian, Brea and Deet — inspire a rebellion after discovering a horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power that threatens their entire planet.”
As a die-hard OG Dark Crystal fan, nothing excited me more than the release of this series. While the first episode starts off a little slow, and somewhat overwhelming, once you get past Episode 1 – the series speeds up and is a beautifully-orchestrated, extremely timely, tome on non-duality and the gross divide between the materialists, spiritualists, and the delicate interconnected web of life which lives in between.
If you loved the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray, you’ll get a kick out of this fractal dark-comedy fantasy series, starring Natasha Lyonne as the central-character, Nadia.
Nadia’s life gets sucked into a mysterious spiral of time during her birthday party in New York City, infinitely repeating the same event, and dying at the end of the night each time, only to awaken unharmed as if nothing happened.
Although Netflix canceled The OA after only two seasons, this show is still worth bingeing as it is one of the most unique, and beautifully done shows they have ever produced. While the cancellation inspired a massive outpouring of fan support to try and resurrect the series , there’s still no word on whether or not Netflix will budge.
Spending time with Brit Marling’s masterpiece opens you up to a world of dimension-hopping, angels, miracles, synchronicity, esoteric hidden gems, and more.
“A man who is burned out on life and love undergoes a mysterious treatment, only to discover that he has been replaced by a better version of himself.”
Paul Rudd does an excellent job in this modern/dark iteration of Multiplicity meets Being John Malkovich. A potent storyline that has you questioning the nature of reality, and the human soul, melded with some good laughs and a unique. psychedelic soundscape.
“An enigmatic conservative Christian group known as the Family wields strong influence in Washington, D.C., in pursuit of its global ambitions.”
While not quite your typically “psychedelic” cinematic landscape, this series surely falls into the binge-worthy category and will leave you scratching your head and wondering WTF is actually going on.
“Only days before his scheduled release from prison, Shadow Moon is told his wife has been killed in a car accident, and he is released early to attend the funeral. A series of events delay his trip home, during which time he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. Wednesday repeatedly offers Shadow a job, which he refuses until Wednesday reveals that the job waiting for him at home no longer exists. Shadow accepts the offer to become Wednesday’s driver/assistant/bodyguard.
Shadow finds himself in a hidden world where magic is real, and where the Old Gods fear irrelevance amid the growing power of the New Gods, including Technology and Media. In a grand plan to combat the threat, Mr. Wednesday attempts to unite the Old Gods to defend their existence and rebuild the influence they have lost, leaving Shadow struggling to accept this new world and his place in it.”
”Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris examines the 1953 death of scientist and CIA employee Frank Olson in this docudrama. Olson fell from the window of his New York City hotel room and the death was originally ruled a suicide, but a 1975 report tied his death to a top-secret experiment.”
I have to admit, I found this series to be a little slow, but it’s still worth checking out, especially if you’re fascinated by the MK Ultra rabbit hole (WATCH: AL ROKER MK ULTRA MIND CONTROL GLITCH LIVE), and want to dive deeper into some of what inspired Stranger Things.