Silo review: Breathtaking dystopian drama is mysterious and captivating

Silo is set in a distant future plagued by a poisonous environment that has forced the surviving humans to settle down in a giant underground silo that carries its own mysteries. The series is now streaming on Apple TV+.


In the distant future, Planet Earth is no longer habitable. It has forced a community of humans to find shelter inside a giant underground silo.

The people currently living in the Silo don’t know why they are here, who built the Silo, why everything outside is poisonous, and when it will be safe to go outside.

The reason they don’t know this is because 140 years ago, a rebellion took place, and apparently, the rebels destroyed most of their history. Although the rebels are blamed for erasing their history, the officials at Silo don’t allow people to look into their past.

Allison Becker, who works in IT, is invited by George Wilkins, a relic dealer, to crack a hard drive from before the Silo. The hard drive reveals secrets that the people in charge of Silo are keeping from the people, how they are controlling the population, and that the outside world isn’t what it looks like.

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David Oyelowo, who plays Sheriff Holston Becker, and Rashida Jones, who plays his wife, Allison Becker, appear for a short period of time as the leads in Silo, but they leave a lasting impact that stays till the very end.

Every move Rebecca Ferguson, as Juliette, makes reminds the viewers about what must have happened with the characters of Oyelowo and Jones.

Rebecca Ferguson takes the lead in the second episode. She does a great job of portraying a rookie who is learning the ropes of how things work at the top of the Silo. 

Ferguson, as Juliette, looks like she is carefully studying everything as she should and can be brave when situations require her to be. The viewers learn the secrets of Silo with her.

Common, as Robert Sims, and Tim Robbins, as Bernard Holland, shine as antagonists who instill fear in not only the characters’ minds but viewers’ too. There is a sense of change in the air that one can feel when they are on screen.

Chinaza Uche and Harriet Walter deliver as supporting characters. Uche, who plays Paul Billings, lives up to the claims his superiors make about his character in the show. Walter, on the other hand, as Martha Walker, stands out as a mother figure to Juliette.


To bring the world of Silo to life, the show creates magnificent sets and visuals. Every corner of the structure feels like a mystery, and a viewer will wonder how people must be navigating their lives here and what stories the many levels and hidden places in Silo hold.

Silo heavily plays on how humans seek freedom to explore what their past looks like. In this series, the characters have a way to access their past. Hence, the show easily attracts people’s attention, especially of those who are into mythology, as the officials at the Silo are attempting to make the past life something that should be forgotten.

The place has its own class differences, and the show doesn’t spend too much time going deep into those factors. It’s simply put and understood. Silo’s biggest attraction is the mystery that the place’s history carries, and this part is always the priority in the show’s ten-episode run.

Every episode ends with a striking revelation that only makes the viewer question the world of Silo, and the explanations for these revelations aren’t predictable either.

Silo’s questionable rules and the repercussions a character can face for crossing lines easily make the place a hostile environment to live in. A viewer can feel this tense environment.


Silo comes with its fair share of breaks. While all the episodes are fast-paced, some of them spend too much time on aspects that don’t go in line with the main plot. For example, Juliette fixing the generator may establish her as a strong leader, but it’s a part that doesn’t need a full-fledged episode.

Silo also runs in the same formulaic way that most of the dystopian dramas out there do. Therefore, some of the twists and turns can be predicted easily by avid viewers.


Silo is a great example of dystopian drama done right. The execution and creation of Silo‘s universe is impeccable, and every aspect gets a viewer lost in this world. With a fast pace, spectacular sets, and enough mysteries, Silo is a show for sci-fi and mystery enthusiasts.

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Director: Morten Tyldum, David Semel, Bert & Bertie, Adam Bernstein

Date Created: 2023-05-05 06:30

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