‘The Resort’ showrunner shares importance of vintage technology in series

there’s so much to love Peacockmysterious dark comedy, Resort. The show has an over-the-top cast, a picturesque setting and a catchy score. But its biggest gift to audiences is an unexpected reunion with 2000s technology.

The series follows married couple Emma (Kristin Milioti) and Noah (William Jackson Harper), who are on vacation to celebrate their 10-year anniversary. Although Emma is in heaven physically, she is in emotional hell, questioning her marriage, mourning the loss of her child, and randomly dealing with a decaying tooth. She’s downright sad, but her mood skyrockets when she stumbles upon a good old relic in the woods: the Motorola Razr.

After inserting the old SIM card into a functional Razr, Emma powers on the phone and marvels at its contents. She reads text messages, checks photos, and does her own research to find the razor belonged to a teenager named Sam (Skylar Gisondo), who had been dating another teen, Violet (Nina Bloomgarden), 15 years earlier. Along had disappeared. Emma and Noah set out to solve the mysteries that left Razor, while a flashback to Sam and Violet in 2007 gives viewers a glimpse into what really happened.

Kristin Milioti on 'The Resort'
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To give a more authentic feel to the previous scenes, ResortThe creative team of the film has got them littered with throwback techniques. In addition to the sleek silver razor at the center of the show, the characters use a hot pink razor, an iPod Video, an iPod nano, a Nokia 6700 Slide, and more. In combining long-lost technology with modern-day tales, the show offers a rare, exhilarating viewing experience. I was so high in nostalgia and starry eyes at the sight of these devices ruling my middle school that I reached Resortco-showrunner Alison Miller to talk about the show’s scintillating relationship with old-school tech.

In a phone call with Desider, Miller shared that Sam’s razor had already been written in the script by the time producer Andy Ciara joined the project. He had a Razer in college and feels the phone marked a major moment in pop-culture, so it’s the perfect device to base the series on.

“I think there’s something about technology that has design moments, like the creation of the iPod. Apple has done it time and time again, right? These iconic technological advancements paired with great design become the things that make up our minds.” There are burns in the mind. Razors are definitely one of them. I feel like everyone who had a phone loved it,” said Miller.

Resort's Motorola Razr
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curious how Resort Got access to a bunch of razors in our year 2022? The show’s prop master went on eBay. “It’s funny because my niece is at home while we’re watching the show, and she’s immediately texting me, ‘Who were all these razors sitting around? This is the magic of television,'” Miller said. “And I was like, ‘Okay, this is the magic of eBay. [Laughs.] You can buy whatever you want from your entire past on eBay.”

Miller explained that Hannah (Debby Ryan) came new to the pink Razr box, which gave her a chance to re-acquaint herself with the device before filming. “I sat in the Video Village and played with it, because I was really curious to see the resolution of the photos and what we could actually frame. Like would you be able to see Oceania Vista in the photo? I went through the plot points started running,” she said, noting that the phone was “super fun” to play with.

Resort's Motorola Razr
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Although you may be jealous Resort With stars who reunited with old technology on set, Miller revealed that one downside to showing existing devices on screen is that they can’t be used as often due to software copyrights.

“You can’t really show the Razer software on the Razer screen, so we had to build our own wrapper around the image and burn it into the phone, which means keeping it digital, because we were unable to get rights.” Were not able to. That software piece,” she said. “It’s funny because you can use technology, but you can’t use software. So it was just trying to find something that feels as close as possible but doesn’t violate any copyright laws. Did it [look very close, though], Our designers have done a really great job creating all these screens for us.”

Perhaps the most memorable, classic depiction of old school technology Resort There are texts by Sam and Violet. The messages – complete with classic 2007 text lingo and <3 hearts - are displayed on screen in a nearly identical font to Razer's signature aesthetic. It's so close to the original that the show should issue a warning to former Razer owners. an ordinary “Caution: You may be filled with youthful memories” will suffice.

'The Resort' texting
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Resort Morola Razor
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“You get a nostalgic feeling when you look at that font. It’s almost like a Minecraft font, isn’t it? Because it’s made of bricks, ”said Miller. “But yeah, that was a lot of our lives. When you think about what messages you received during those teen years in that font like your first crush, your best friend, or whatever, it pops into our minds.” subconsciously burned. It essentially tells the story of our lives.”

ResortThe team tried to be as accurate as possible when recreating the worlds of Sam and Violet, but a piece of modern technology accidentally slips into a flashback to 2007. When Sam is listening to his iPod on the plane, he’s using the more advanced earpod, which has volume controls and redesigned earpieces that better fit in the eardrums instead of the old Apple earbuds. Problem? Apple didn’t release the EarPods until 2012, so unless Sam is a time traveler, he probably won’t have them.

Skyler Gisondo on 'The Resort'
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“It’s funny, we went through the whole thing when we realized they [headphones] Maybe not correct. The iPod comes with headphones, they don’t have a microphone. but [the one we bought] There was a microphone by mistake,” Miller explained. “We were going to take them out digitally at one point. But part of it is testing all our knowledge of what we had and didn’t have, which I love.”

In Miller’s mind, technology has become a scrapbook for people, which is one reason it’s so important to the show. While the first three episodes delivered a delightful work of nostalgia, fans haven’t seen the final throwback device. “There’s definitely more to come. There’s going to be another shocking revelation. I’ll leave it here.”

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