Believe it or not, despite presenting a terrifying image of the future, “Upload” is absolutely delicious. The first season features app developer Nathan Brown (Robbie Amell), who suddenly dies in a self-driving car crash and finds himself “downloaded” into a digital afterlife. Thanks to his wealthy girlfriend Ingrid (Allegra Edwards), he can continue to live in the luxurious virtual reality of Lakeview, a totally simple (read: inevitably disastrous) situation until he falls in love with his customer service angel. very lively Nora (Andy Hello). Can love transcend death? This is just one of many questions Nathan hopes to answer, while uncovering the grand conspiracy of his death. Love triangles, miscommunications, and all the things that can go wrong in a romance absolutely do, but “Upload” has that added twist of being set in a dystopian future with cutting-edge technology. Designed as a sitcom, the series presents increasingly hilarious situations while reflecting on life’s greatest questions, namely death, loss and love against the odds.
“Upload” premiered in 2020 and, due to the whole global pandemic situation, returned for a second season after a 22-month hiatus. Thankfully, the wait for Season 3 should be considerably shorter as Greg Daniels and his writers got back to work before the show’s renewal was announced. As Daniels told Collider earlier in the year, COVID-19 wasn’t the only reason “Upload” took its time to come back. Daniels explained, “So much visual effects work makes the post-process really time-consuming, so they really want to get into it so that season three can happen as quickly as we can.” It takes a while to turn Robbie Amell into a Minecraft block man, but at least the sight gags make “Upload” worth the long wait.
The first two seasons of “Upload” are available to stream on Prime Video.