Category: Reviews of Television Shows

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: Created by Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet, Gene Roddenberry. With Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn, Ethan Peck, Christina Chong. A prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series, the show will follow the crew of the USS Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike. Finally, a Star Trek series that I can get into, and boy howdy did I get into it. It took them over 6 seasons of Disco and Picard, but there’s finally a Trek for me! Anson Mount knocks it out of the park as Christopher Pike and the entire supporting cast, down to the...

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Halo

Halo: Created by Steven Kane, Kyle Killen. With Pablo Schreiber, Shabana Azmi, Natasha Culzac, Olive Gray. Aliens threaten human existence in an epic 26th-century showdown. TV series based on the video game ‘Halo.’ The broad strokes of the franchise are here, and there’s definitely a whole bunch of stuff that I recognize from the videos games, but most of what I recognize are the long plotlines from the books, which has to be absolutely maddening for anyone that didn’t read nearly every single one of them. There’s also a ton here that’s just unique to the televison series and it’s...

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The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek

The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek: With Gates McFadden, Marc Cushman, Larry Nemecek, David Gerrold. Chronicles rare and fascinating details of how “Star Trek” began, where it’s been, and how it’s going where no television series has gone before. It’s an eleven episode series of 45 minute longish episodes that go into all the details of the franchise up to about the TNG/DS9/VOY/ENT era with plenty of talking heads from the various series, though not many of the big names showed up for it. It’s interesting if you’ve not seen Trek documentaries before, and it’s still entertaining for...

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Station Eleven

Station Eleven: Created by Patrick Somerville. With Mackenzie Davis, Himesh Patel, Matilda Lawler, David Wilmot. A post apocalyptic saga spanning multiple timelines, telling the stories of survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what’s been lost. I went in knowing nearly nothing about the story or how it would end, so I assumed it was going to be like most other post-apocalyptic stories, filled with horror, violence and a condemnation of humanity as it is today. While there was a bit of condemnation, that isn’t...

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Lost in Space Season 3

Lost in Space: Created by Irwin Allen, Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless. With Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Taylor Russell. After crash-landing on an alien planet, the Robinson family fight against all odds to survive and escape, but they’re surrounded by hidden dangers. Season 3 is finally here, and it’s exactly what I was hoping for, lots of adventure, lots of plot elements getting wrapped up, lots of “Is Dr Smith evil still?” moments, and ultimately, eight episodes of pure fantastic science fiction goodness. It’s the final season and there’s no plans that I’ve been able to find to continue...

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Hit-Monkey

Hit-Monkey: Created by Josh Gordon, Will Speck. With Olivia Munn, Fred Tatasciore, Jason Sudeikis, Ally Maki. It tells the tale of a wronged Japanese snow monkey, mentored by the ghost of an American assassin, as he cuts a wide swath through the Tokyo underworld. Did I expect to like this series when I started it? No, I did not, not even remotely. The animation is stuttered, the concept is silly, the character is silly, and it’s the last project of the now defunct wing of the Disney empire that was busy pumping out sub par Marvel content that only just...

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Stargirl Season 2: Summer School

Stargirl: Created by Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti. With Brec Bassinger, Anjelika Washington, Trae Romano, Amy Smart. Teenager Courtney Whitmore joins the Justice Society of America. Based on the character from DC Comics. Another extremely satisfying season of Stargirl, this time around the bad guy is Eclipso, someone who I never thought I would ever see on television, nor did I think I’d see him done so well. Brec Bassinger is still great as Courtney Whitmore and the production values have been high for the entire season, much like season one. Buy On Amazon!

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Foundation Season 1

Foundation: Created by Josh Friedman, David S. Goyer. With Lou Llobell, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Leah Harvey. A complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire. It’s been famously said that the “Foundation” book series could never be adopted to television, and for the most part they were right. Not that this isn’t a good series, it is in fact, one of the best science fictions stories on TV right now, but because what they’ve filmed is just different enough from the source material that I would consider it...

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Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop: Created by Christopher L. Yost. With John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, Elena Satine. A ragtag crew of bounty hunters chases down the galaxy’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll save the world – for the right price. I didn’t watch the original Cowboy Bebop back when it originally came out, just never came into my orbit. I had the opportunity to watch it a couple years ago, took that opportunity, and was underwhelmed with what I experienced. I’m sure if I had seen it 30 years ago it would have been a somewhat revelatory experience, as I’m a huge...

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See Season 2

See: Created by Steven Knight. With Jason Momoa, Sylvia Hoeks, Hera Hilmar, Christian Camargo. Far in a dystopian future, the human race has lost the sense of sight, and society has had to find new ways to interact, build, hunt, and to survive. All of that is challenged when a set of twins are born with sight. A second season come and gone, this show is increasingly better and better. It started with families torn apart and ended with a war of blind people waging battles in interesting ways that made the concepts seem new and fresh. Buy On Amazon!

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