Apple TV+’s ‘Severance’ workplace is a demented playground

In “Severance,” rom director and executive producer Ben Stiller and creator Dan Erickson, Mark Scout (Adam Scott) leads a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure, which surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. This daring experiment in “work-life balance” is called into question as Mark finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work… and of himself.

“Severance” premieres globally February 18, 2022 on Apple TV+.
“Severance” premiered globally February 18th on Apple TV+.

Wilson Chapman for Variety:

There have been plenty of television shows set in workplaces, but there’s never been one that looks quite like “Severance.” The Apple TV Plus science fiction series is set in the headquarters of Lumon Industries, a mysterious, cult-like company… Production designer Jeremy Hindle drew from a wide array of sources when crafting the sets of the series, from the 1967 French film “Playground” to the aesthetics of pharmaceutical companies. His guiding principle for how Lumon should look was taken from the John Deere World Headquarters in Moline, Ill. , designed by the architects Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche in the 1960s.

The main setting of the show, and the one set that Hindle considers to be the most important, is the Macrodata Refinement office that houses Mark and his team. The room is massive, measuring 80 by 40 feet, with low ceilings to create a feeling of being trapped. While designing the space, Hindle envisioned it as a playground of sorts, one where the newly severed employees are put and monitored after emerging from the “womb” –– the boardroom where they first awaken. To convey that, he gave the room a carpet with a grassy shade, resulting in the odd mix between sterile whites and deep greens that dominates the color palette of the series. Hindle also envisioned the color green as acting as a lifeline of sorts for the severed characters, who are locked deep within the walls of Lumon with no way to escape…

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  1. I started watching earlier this week based on a prior recommendation you made. I may be only one episode in thus far, but as of yet… no wokeness… I’m hoping Apple can make a non-woke show.

    1. This anti-woke obsession is so feeble-minded, it defies belief.

      As I wrote on another page:

      From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
      Woke: aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues

      From Wikipedia:
      Woke (/ˈwoʊk/ WOHK) is an English adjective meaning ‘alert to racial prejudice and discrimination’ that originated in African-American Vernacular English. Beginning in the 2010s, it came to encompass a broader awareness of social inequalities such as sexism, and has also been used as shorthand for left-wing ideas involving identity politics and social justice.

      Naturally, the right-wing trolls that post here will prefer to think of “woke” as an insult, seeing that awareness of sexual or racial inequality is not a natural concept for them.

      It takes intelligence to rise above narrow-mindedness and conservatism.

      1. As a middle-of-the-road ‘Classic Liberal’, I find the woke ideological possession that is currently gripping Hollywood to be incredibly tedious.

        Those who have been indoctrinated into CRT and woke ideologically tend to be singleminded in their obsession with evangelizing the gospel at all times. This oozes forth from much of Hollywood’s current work and results in projections that are shallow, humorless, unbelievable from a character/story perspective, and ultimately not entertaining.

        1. Just to be clear about my position, Severance is a great show that doesn’t suffer from a woke viral infection. It’s just great, inventive storytelling that is super fun and very thought provoking.

    2. @you: it takes a special kind of stupidity for you to obsess about those who are more emotionally aware and racially respectful aware than you.

      But we understand that you wish everyone on your screen was exactly like you. Our condolences.

      1. The one thing ‘The Woke’ are not, it is being humble in their beliefs, LOL!

        Folks who find ‘woke’ entertainment to be the opposite of entertaining are not turned off by the diversity of casting. We are turned off by the non-diversity of ideas and the hubris behind the preachy evangelism that has taken the place of good storytelling.

        Essentially, we are annoyed that the tone of woke Hollywood matches that of the comment to which I am responding.

        1. @PJS:
          It seems to me that you and the other anti-wokers here are hardly humble in your beliefs.

          It takes a special kind of blindness to not see that.

  2. If it truly is non-woke, I’ll watch it. But I will wait until the series ends. Don’t want to get engaged and then be served a sandwich whose main contents are unpalatable.

  3. the obsession with the trump cult among commenters on this blog is every bit as bizarre as anything within Severance – a wonderful, eerie, dystopian, entertaining sci fi series.

    to worry about it being “woke” is as strange as anything in that show.

    what’s wrong with you people?

    just watch it and enjoy!

    1. The reason is they are sheep mindlessly spewing everything that the far right tells them while suggesting that everyone else is being led. It’s so odd.

  4. My favorite show (with new episodes) right now. The details of the work space are amazing, like the weird space efficient “cubicle” seating arrangement in middle of huge room and old-school but somehow new-looking CRT displays. Christopher Walken is a big plus 😆

      1. If there is one thing that CRT and Wokeness are not, it’s accepting of alternative beliefs. It seeks to coerce just as much as any other authoritarian ideology. The method of control is ‘Cancellation’.

    1. The problem with the so called morals and values you people claim to adhere to is it’s “Do as I say, not as a do”. You’re all hypocrites.

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