Sci-Fi Miniseries Restoration Feels like Altered Carbon With a Case of the Body Snatchers

If you try to upload your consciousness to the cloud, you’re gonna have a bad time.
If you try to upload your consciousness to the cloud, you’re gonna have a bad time.
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Seems like any other day. You head to the doctor to undergo a routine digital back-up of your consciousness, but find yourself suddenly trapped in someone else’s body. That’s the premise behind Restoration, an Australian sci-fi miniseries now available to watch for free online.

Created by Stuart Willis and Matthew Clayfield, Restoration is a five-part video series about a lawyer named Oliver Klein (Grant Cartwright) whose company offers to download his consciousness to have for a backup, in case of his death. After what seems like a routine backup, Oliver wakes up one month later in the body of a total stranger named Gavin Worth (Stephen Carracher), with no clue what happened or how to fix it. But, perhaps the weirdest thing is... Oliver’s still walking around too.

I won’t spoil what happens, but suffice to say Oliver’s predicament is not just an accident. You can watch the first episode above, and the rest of Restoration is available on Dust’s YouTube page.


Clarification: A previous version of this article spelled Stuart Willis’ name as Stuart Williams. This has been fixed. We apologize for the error.

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Based on the episode above, this seems like one of those stories where the entire plot hinges around everyone doing the absolute stupidest thing at every possible moment. I’ve always had a problem with Rube Goldberg-idiot-plots.

For example, why in the world would he WALK PAST HIS ACTUAL SELF??? The only possible ally he has in the world, and he just bumps into him and says nothing? That makes no sense at all. Why not just tell him exactly what happened...? I mean, the choice he’s making to run away makes no real sense at all, but if he’s going to make it, and the nurse is going to be stupid enough to not say anything to anyone and just let him go, then he needs to make logical choices after that, like teaming up with his actual self, the only person who might understand the way he thinks.

Based on the teaser info above, I assume there’s more to all this that will somehow mitigate how silly the last half of this first part appears; but so far — dumb characters doing dumb things.