Lifetime’s The Lottery: A Future of Infertility
The Lifetime network’s new show The Lottery features an interesting take on a dystopian future. Unlike common end-of-the-world scenarios caused by zombies or crazy natural disasters, the dystopian world of The Lottery was caused by infertility. Set in 2025, a global fertility crisis has plagued the Earth for nearly 10 years. The last six children were born in 2019, and no cause has been discovered.
This is a very interesting concept, and one that hits home with parents and those hoping and struggling to become parents. And due to the fact that so many couples seem to be struggling with infertility these days, it’s also a lot more believable then many other end-of-the-world scenarios.
Another intriguing theme of the show is the question of what makes a good mother. After fertility specialist Dr. Alison Lennon (Marley Shelton) is able to fertilize 100 embryos, the President of the United States (Yul Vázquez), Chief of Staff Vanessa Keller (Athena Karkanis), and Director of the U.S. Fertility Commission Darius Hayes (Martin Donovan) debate the best way to handle the embryos. Keller convinces the President to hold a national lottery to determine which 100 women will serve as the surrogates for the embryos.
However, they realize that the qualities of a good surrogate are not necessarily the same as those of a good mother. As a result, they decide to first select 200 healthy and age-appropriate women through the lottery; bring them to D.C. for psychological and other tests while on camera; and then have the U.S. citizens vote, in reality show fashion, on the 100 women who will become mothers. So, the decision regarding what makes a “good mother” is ultimately left up to the general population…which is a very interesting proposition.
The show airs on Sundays at 10/9c. Check it out!