The other most important thing to unravel here in Severance is its main character. Mark is just as mysterious as the world around him, but not for any malicious or sinister underlying reasons. It’s rather due to the fact that he has no memories of things that he should definitely know about. The company uses its employees as a scapegoat for most of its sinister activities, and since they have no memory of it, it’s as if they never did anything morally conflicting at all.
The fun of it all isn’t when Mark is oblivious to his situation. Rather, the true fun parts of unravelling Mark’s character begin when he slowly begins to unravel his own stories by himself. When he begins to fall into the rabbit hole that is Lumon Industries, he realizes that there’s way more to find here than the eye can see. However, it’s not until the latter half of the season that we realize Mark himself, and the impact he has had while working at Lumon. It’s a devoted series that doesn’t overly focus on one aspect of the world, but rather grabs all focal points and mashes them together into a symphony of weird, horrifying and genuinely shocking moments. It’s not disturbing by any means, it’s just a paranoia inducing series that totally pushes the envelope for something unique and voyeuristic. Another reason why some of the characters felt so genuinely fantastic here is the fabulous acting by some of TV’s most prominent personalities. Parks and Recreation’s very own Adam Scott stars as the lead character Mark Scout, and boy oh boy does he blend into this character smoother than butter. The concept of the actor just vanishes while you watch this series, you recognize Scott only as Mark, and that is the sign of some of the most vigorous acting that I could personally think of. It’s such a dramatic performance too, portraying one of the very darkest comedy sequences that should genuinely not be laughed at with such charisma that you can’t help but laugh.