Season 3 of Fear the Walking Dead ended in a way that gave the new showrunners plenty of room to make changes. The Season 4 premiere wastes no time showing some of those changes by introducing us to some new characters in a new location.
I watched the original Lost in Space as reruns back in the 1970s but it never rose to must-watch status for me the way the original Star Trek did. The campiness of the third season didn’t appeal to me the way it did for a lot of others. So I wasn’t bothered by the idea of a more serious reboot.
Syfy’s one-two space opera punch of The Expanse and Krypton makes it easier for someone like me to keep watching due to being too lazy to change channels. Of course Krypton suffers in comparison to The Expanse in pretty much every way but I’m not as negative on the show as the A.V. Club.
While Nightwing is generally associated with Dick Grayson, his alter ego’s name was actually inspired by a Kryptonian hero. I could see Krypton having Seg-El don a costume and be the hero Kandor needs. I also have an idea about a Kryptonian Nightwing turning up on Supergirl.
If you are already missing Black Mirror Netflix released a two minute mini-episode to tide you over. In that brief running time it manages to capture the elements of Black Mirror that keep bringing us back for more.
It may be faint praise to say the current season of Gotham is the best so far. But the Bruce Wayne one-step-forward-two-steps-back approach to becoming the costumed vigilante that Gotham City needs is still one of the weakest parts of the show. Fortunately several women have stepped up.
The Netflix Mind Trick worked on me and as soon as the Super Bowl was over I watched The Cloverfield Paradox. Despite the title and some other references it’s better to think of the movie as its own thing without connecting it to the Cloverfield universe.
Charlie Jane Anders has a new short story “The Minnesota Diet” posted over on Slate. As she puts it, she “wrote about a high-tech city that’s hit by severe food shortages. Because I really don’t think you can think about the future without thinking about hunger.”
If you have the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas then it was only a matter of time before stripper robots showed up. A pair of pole-dancing robots with surveillance cameras for heads are performing this week at the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club.
The current crew of the International Space Station got to watch The Last Jedi without the distraction of crying kids or floors sticky with spilled soda. Just another reason to become an astronaut if you needed one.
The CW announced that starting next month Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow will alternate airing in the 8 PM Monday time slot through June. I guess this is how the CW is making room for Black Lightning.
The first season of The Orville has aired. The show is far from perfect but it exceeded my modest expectations. At its best moments the show captures a very Star Trek vibe (or at least what a Star Trek vibe is to me). Here are some thoughts on this season and things I’d like to see next season.
There was no new episode last week but the show put out this video that distills the six aired episodes of The Orville down to just over eight minutes. By stripping out the humor and sticking to the major plot points (SPOILERS obviously) it plays as straight space opera and homage to Star Trek.
The back half of this season of Fear the Walking Dead hasn’t really inspired me to write about individual episodes but I’ll still do a write-up of Season 3.2 if for no other reason than it does set up some potential crossover points with the original show.
I was one of this weekend’s moviegoers who contributed to Blade Runner 2049’s box office performance. Since no one else around here is talking about it I’ll take up the task. I’ll give my non-spoilery thoughts first then delve into spoilery thoughts and observations.
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Night Boy and Righteous Cop Gotham introduced a new character and put some twists on older ones. And if you ever wondered what Riddler’s version of Harley Quinn might be like, Gotham has an answer for that too.
NBC’s The Good Place centers around the concept of an afterlife with a Good Place and a Bad Place analogous to Heaven and Hell. Sure it’s just a network TV sitcom but I can’t help consider the theological underpinning of the show. Spoilers through the second season premiere ahead.
Last night was the second Sunday episode of The Orville before it moves to its regular time slot on Thursdays after Gotham. This episode features a “junior officer ends up in charge and has to figure things out” story and shows that The Orville is a better show when Seth MacFarlane isn’t on screen.
I’m not a big Seth MacFarlane fan but I still decided to give the first episode of The Orville a watch. As has been pointed out on many places online the show is a bit all over the place but I liked the pilot enough to watch the next episode.
I’m a little surprised no one has posted anything by now about The Tick. Amazon put out the first half of the season Friday and if I could get watch the six episodes at my pace others should have by now.