Thanks for your questions! I’m going to answer some of the ones I’m able to answer:
I think Brazil is leagues better than 1984 (with Orwell, I’m more of an Animal Farm guy). The “enemy” in Brazil is invincible in its facelessness. It’s much more haunting because it mirrors real life, where incompetency and complacency are far more dominant than conspiracies. The more obvious influence for Dark Science is Metropolis, but my take on the bureaucracy is much closer in tone to the infinite mess in Brazil.