This article/column is something new I am trying for the first (and possibly only) time. The idea is to make this a weekly one-stop place where readers can catch up on the news and some comments on current genre TV series. The series included are the ones I consider worth watching currently available being broadcast, streamed, or otherwise accessible as part of the contemporary science fiction and fantasy available for weekly consumption on the home screen. If you find your favorite series has been overlooked, please feel free to make use of the space provided for comments below. So without further ado, here we go.
THE EXPANSE: The big news this week is, of course, the return of one of the best science fiction series currently on TV. It was great to see the cast of characters and the troubled solar system brought to life once again. It was an episode that eased us back into things in a somewhat gentle manner nicely laced with some action and suspense.
GOTHAM: Next in line is one of my current favorites which lately has been doing some terrific storytelling and is plain fun to follow. If you are a fan of this series then you know the show has been doing another Joker arc featuring my personal favorite on-screen Joker, Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome Valeska and this week’s episode seemed to finally get to the arrival of the show’s choice for Joker. Jerome finally got his Joker gas courtesy of Scarecrow. Why the show decided to do it in the manner it did is beyond me, but it was evident to me they had found their Joker a while ago. The show also featured Alfred presenting Bruce with what appeared to be the first pre-Batman Batmobile. The honor for the role went to a souped-up Ford Mustang. Nice. Has anyone else noticed that Selena is still trying to sell herself as not interested in Bruce, but is somehow always hanging around and continually showing up uninvited?
TEEN TITANS: some pictures made the news regarding the long-awaited live-action series which has been in development hell since 2014 and is now scheduled to premiere some time this year on a yet unnamed DC streaming platform. Some Images released on Twitter of Beast Boy, Raven, and Starfire which started a controversy over the appearance of the characters and their costumes. The reactions by genre fans were mostly negative and even hateful.
JESSICA JONES: Reports indicate that Netflix/Marvel’s Jessica Jones has been renewed for a third season. The series featuring the super-strong wisecracking alcoholic detective has been well received by fans and critics alike.
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD: The series that no one seems to talk about this still a sure bet and a reliable way to get your fix for some action and adventure in an enjoyable hour of genre TV. After a long arc of being in space and the future at the same time The team is back on earth and this week, Agent May made a shocking (but not all that surprising) confession to Coulson.
KRYPTON: I had my doubts concerning this series it looked like it was going to be another YA show with attractive young people that seem more like models than actors going through the motions of another hastily thrown together space drama with only occasional touches of science fiction to be had. Now the show seems to be developing into something more interesting with the emergence of the show’s big bad, a Galactus style Brainiac who has been remodeled for the show.
THE X-FILES: I was away for awhile and pretty out of touch with pop culture for nearly two months, but I managed to catch a few episodes of the iconic series, and I was pleasantly surprised to see a couple of great episodes. One was about an AI and how it was learning bad behavior from people and another climactic episode concerning the search for Mulder and Scully’s hybrid son William (seaon 11, episode 10). This was a delightful and engaging episode one of the best I have seen in the series. It was action packed violent and full of surprises and twists and turns. It was one of the best hours of genre Tv I have seen in awhile very impressive that left the viewer (me) with a load of cliffhangers to chew on when it was done.
Well, that’s about it for this week. Did I miss your favorite show, or overlook something you think should have been included? Feel free to complain or leave comments of any sort in the space provided below. let me know if you would like to see a column like this on a regular basis