Forbidden Science Serves Up Softcore Scifi
Many would be alternately interested and afraid to hear about a science fiction softcore porn series that’s recently appeared on Cinemax: After Dark. Doug Brode’s Forbidden Science wrestles with the impact of cutting-edge technological advances, and illustrates how their discovery and abuse will lead to lots of hot, steamy sex.
The series follows the trysts and trials of the employees and products of 4Ever Innovations, a corporation involved in the design and production of a wide variety of tech tropes, including clones, androids, brain backups and memory manipulation. In between the social commentary and office intrigue, lots of male/female interfacing gets underway, at times with the aforementioned clones and androids.
Sadly for folks looking for actual science fiction naughtiness, clones and androids look alarmingly like normal humans. The kinkiest set piece from the first few episodes features a husband and mistress cheating on — and on top of — a sleeping clone of his dead spouse. Ultimately, the series seems more about strange fetishes than actual science fiction.
There is a serious attempt at dealing with the ramifications of life- and world-altering advances in biomedical science, but there is no new unexplored territory here. Viewers seeking lots of near-explicit carnal capers will be pleased, but those hoping for a lusty version of Better off Ted will want to leave this future for others to explore.
Written by Jeff in March of 2009. Last edited January 2018.