• Entertainment,  Television

    Earlier in 2017 in Serialized Genre TV

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    There has been plenty of other new genre work for the small screen this year, aside from the currently premiering fall stuff, and some of it may even be good.

     

    Legion, Season 1

    I remember reading about this not long before it first aired and then… nothing. Just rediscovered again recently and I have the first episode queued. I’m interested to see how this plays out, maybe. David Haller has been a pretty flexible character in the comics and they’ve done interesting, ridiculous, and just plain stupid things with him. With current FX available, this could be well done, or it could be a large steaming pile.

     

    The Expanse, Season 2

    Devoured. While there were parts of this that didn’t quite work as well for me as the first season did, that’s probably because I’ve been reading the books. Some of the divergences from the story aren’t making me happy even though they work pretty well on the screen. They’re blending one story into the next very well and the overall arc is picking up steam. Can’t wait for season 3, but I guess I have to.

     

    Iron Fist

    I loved Power Man and Iron Fist as a kid (yes, I’m that old), so the translation of both of these into serialized television should be right up my alley. And yet I’ve shied away from them. Still not quite sure why that is, but I do want to see it. I’ll get there.

     

    The Handmaid’s Tale

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJTonrzXTJs

    So is it so bad that I’m Canadian and not particularly a Margaret Atwood fan? I recognize that she’s a giant in Canadian literature, but her long profession that she doesn’t write SF when she clearly writes so much of it just irritates me. And I find her writing, well, too literary if that’s a thing. I don’t at all mind a higher brow in my SF, but the brow is a little high for me here, not to mention dark. Maybe it’s me, but I like a little more hope in my fiction. That said, this series is based on the one book of hers I’ve actually read in full and came close to enjoying, in spite of the darkness. Not enough to want to watch an entire series based on it, but I understand the attraction.

     

    Twin Peaks

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khwuhgxjoXU

    Wasn’t really my thing the first time around, all those years ago, so I find myself unable to get excited about the reboot/decades-later-sequel. Too many possible shows and too little time.

     

    Powerless

     

    A DC series I would probably enjoy. Sadly, the network didn’t let it make it through the full first season before cancelling it. I’ve flagged this one for watching anyway, because I rather like the concept of civilian self protection against superhero battles and collateral damage.

     

    Emerald City

     

    Let’s do yet another retelling of The Wizard of Oz, but lets drag it out, use every scrap of the original book the writing team likes, throw away all of the stuff they don’t and twist it to fit into our modern sensibilities.

    How many times have I lamented about Hollywood’s ability to tell new stories? Add one to that number.

     

    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    In direct contrast to my complaint about Emerald City, while this is technically a remake, it’s not something that should ever have been a single movie in the first place. How do you take a series of ten (short) books and turn it into a movie that lasts less than two hours? Answer: very, badly. But as a TV series, with each short book actually getting told across two episodes, you have a chance at doing the story justice, and this does. Looking forward to season 2.

     

    Time After Time

     

    H.G. Wells chasing Jack the Ripper through time to our time. Sigh. I’m good, thanks.

     

    American Gods

    I want this to be good, having enjoyed the novel when it first came out. I’ve only read it the once, but then, it’s been a long time since I’ve done much in the way of rereads. This will either be really good or really bad. Reviews seem to mostly come down on the first one, but, as always, I’ll make my own judgement. This is in the queue.

     

    Anyone want to tell me something worked or didn’t?

    Be well, everyone.

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  • Entertainment,  Television

    Later in 2017 in Serialized Genre Storytelling

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    Not much left in the “still to come” category for genre TV in 2017. Maybe I need to do one more post for all of the stuff that’s already released so the year looks a little better for TV geekery.

     

    Runaways

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q988gp6Mfjs

    Okay, not much of a trailer, but it’s all I can find. I’d like to have high hopes for this. The comic was fun. What little there is of this third-hand trailer tells me that they’re at least starting with the original storyline. That gives me a little hope. Premiers in November.

     

    Future Man

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaskEFYvAjU

    Seth Rogan does SF about a time travelling janitor? Well, maybe. The concept tells me to watch the first episode, but to do so with zero expectations. Also coming in November.

     

    Big Hero 6: The Series

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obp54n9Iuz0

    Please don’t. It’s not even the same style of animation.

     

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  • Television,  Watching

    New Genre TV for Fall 2017

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    I don’t have cable anymore, haven’t for probably five or six years now, so I rely on internet news, network streaming, and Netflix for my increasingly rare TV fixes. And, much like re-reading, I don’t do a lot of re-watching. I want more stories, new ones, and not just repackages of things I’ve already enjoyed.

    This year, there are a few more genre shows coming out right now than seems usual for the fall season. This should make an old geek happy, and yet… the whole idea of fall premiers is going away. Hollywood is sucking more and more, but there are alternative channels to find your entertainment on now, and some decent things are definitely coming out of those channels. And they’re coming out whenever their production companies decide is the right time for them to come out. That, I like.

    But for fall, in no particular order:

     

    The Defenders

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h3m7B4v6Zc

    Can’t yet. Haven’t finished Luke Cage or Iron Fist. Or Daredevil, for that matter. Wondering if I need to.

     

    The Crossing

    Refugees from a future war fleeing to the past. Thinly veiled commentary on America’s truly impressive record on dealing with refugees in the last few years. Think I’ll pass.

     

    Kevin (Probably) Saves the World

    Another guardian angel show, this one with a bit of old testament “find me righteous people and I’ll spare the world” crap added in. Apparently, it was almost called “The Gospel of Kevin”. Give it a rest already.

     

    Black Lightning

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=186&v=RZpJeuXo2CY

    I’m skipping this one, I think, for two reasons. First, it mostly looks like the CW is trying to do a cooler, blacker Daredevil. The violence level doesn’t seem any lighter, though they may have dialed back the blood a bit; this is what pushed me away from Daredevil. Second, while lack of familiarity with the hero doesn’t bother me (I won’t know how they’re butchering canon that way), I am more of a Marvel guy than a DC guy. Bringing us to

     

    The Gifted

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=169&v=qTzW9rMcbzk

    Hmm. Mutants on TV, and it’s the first non-cartoon attempt in a long time. I want to like this just on general principle, but the trailer doesn’t look promising.

     

    Ghosted

    It seems to be an X-files spoof, and the trailer makes it look both stupid and slapstick at the same time. I wonder if it’s too much to ask that my entertainment not treat me like I’m reading the National Enquirer. Passing on this one.

     

    The Orville

    I’ve watched the first episode of this one and while it was a little rough, it did have a huge number of nods to Star Trek, both TOS and TNG. I think it’s got some potential so long as it doesn’t get so stuck in humorous homage mode that it doesn’t get around to telling its own story.

     

    The Tick

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKFxFqOmqcs

    This is one of those alternate channels I was referring to, even more ultimate than a Netflix original. I’ve been looking forward to this since I heard about it. I discovered the Tick as a comic book back in the late 1980s, enjoyed the later cartoon, and the original TV series back in 2001. Two episodes into this one, and I’m loving it. The humour mix is right and true to the original story and current generation special effects make it work really well.

     

    The Inhumans

    The trailer actually makes the Inhumans look exciting. While I’ve never managed to enjoy the comics very much, the show might be worth checking out. At least long enough to see Lockjaw in action.

     

    Star Trek: Discovery

    And, of course, the retconned-yet-again-Klingon in the room.

    It’s no secret I’m a Star Trek fan, and have been pretty much my entire life. I’m trying not to get too excited about Discovery, but I really, really want to be. The reboot movies have been a disappointment, being just action movies with Star Trek trappings, but current Hollywood doesn’t make it easy to tell a good story, much less a good, new story. Star Trek belongs on TV. I’m hoping this works, and will probably blog it pretty heavily when it happens next weekend.

     

    And why am I being made to wait until next year for Season 3 of The Expanse?

    Be well, everyone.

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