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The unimaginative imaginary of VR5
by Steve Anderson `

In this scene from Fox's ill-conceived and short-lived, mid-90s TV series VR5, the show's main character, Lori Singer, enters the subconscious of a condemned man in an attempt to discover the truth of his guilt or innocence. A phone modem is used to access the subconscious, which is experienced as a shared, total sensory virtual environment. In keeping with the stereotypes of 20th century imaginings of the virtual, VR5 repeatedly focuses on experiences that are old, exotic, sexual or violent. This particular scene emphasizes the latter two as a scantily-clad Singer nearly seduces the condemned man while questioning him about his crime.

This Commentary is related to the following Clips:
VR5 Title sequence by Jeannine Renshaw (1995) The opening title sequence of VR5 outlines the levels of virtual reality from Computer Screen to Virtual Sensory Reality
VR5 jack-in via phone modem by Jeannine Renshaw (1995) The 1995 Fox TV series VR5 used phone modems and virtual reality as a way to access the subconscious