In the next twist on using science to find true love, AMC is bringing to television a new limited anthology series–AMC’s first.  Soulmates explores a new invention that reveals your true love and viewers get to watch how it all unfolds for six couples, each in a separate episode.  But it’s not the fun and games we saw in TiMER, the Emma Caulfield rom-com with a similar plot.  The first trailer for Soulmates is more dread than utopia.  Nope, this series looks like the stuff of sci-fi horror.  The Twilight Zone, Ray Bradbury Theater, The Outer Limits, and Black Mirror all had their share of dabbles in romance turned wrong.  The victims, err… participants in this latest experiment in love are played a few of our favorite young genre actors.

The real oddity is how much real life is so far beyond the series’ premise.  How many people do you know that have already taken a test, been matched with a romantic partner, and they got married?  How is the online matchmaking really different, other than a biological marker that can tell couples it’s more accurate than a pair of 100-point written questionnaires?

Stars, each found in only one episode of the series, include Lodge 49 and Humans’ Sonya Cassidy, Stranger Things, The New Mutants’ Charlie Heaton, and Wynonna Earp’s Shamier Anderson, plus Winchester’s Sarah Snook, and Watchmen’s Malin Akerman, High Fidelity’s Kingsley Ben-Adir, Being Human’s Kate Bracken, Casualty’s Crystal Yu, Black Mirror’s Anna Wilson-Jones, Utopia’s Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, As the Saying Goes’ Stephanie Peregrin, Lost in Space’s JJ Feild, The Wire’s David Costabile, and Memphis Belle’s Steven Mackintosh.

No surprise the stories come from the mind of Black Mirror and Stranger Things writer Will Bridges.  A second season is already in the works at AMC.

Here’s the trailer for AMC’s Soulmates:

Look for Soulmates beginning on AMC starting October 5.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg