In 1993, ABC aired a five part, ambitious mini-series called Wild Palms. The show — based on a comic from the pages of Details magazine by Bruce Wagner, and produced by Oliver Stone — was a sprawling treatise on polarized politics, hallucinogenic drugs, religion, and the rise of technology.
The show was unlike anything ever put on American television and was lauded by critics. To the surprise of the network... it was a commercial disaster.
With so much of Wild Palms centered around virtual reality, Japanese culture (a major plot point is the “Go chip,” which could hypothetically make the recipient immortal), and the quickening mergers of governments and corporations, it was only natural that Neuromancer author William Gibson pops up in the first episode in a cameo.
If you want to watch it right now (and trust me, you do), there are only a few not-so-great options. You can buy the DVD release of the show and scrounge up a player, or you can find a version floating around on the torrent site of your choice. However, on June 30 everything changes. Kino Lorber is releasing a remastered HD version on Blu-ray, which also includes commentary from the directors and stars of the show, as well as writer Bruce Wagner. A red-letter moment for Wild Palms fanatics.