There’s lots of news this week to report regarding the fate of lots of genre shows and which ones are getting the ax and which aren’t. Also, there is lot s of news about schedule changes and what to expect from our favorite series for the 2018-2019 season.
The chopper’s ax has been busy this week setting up our schedule for 2018-2019. These are the shows that got renewed this past week:
12 Monkeys (Syfy): Renewed through Season 4 (Final Season)
The 100 (CW): Renewed through Season 6
Agents of SHIELD (ABC): Renewed through Season 6
American Gods (Starz): Renewed through Season 2
Archer (FX): Renewed through Season 7
Beauty And The Beast CW): Renewed through Season 4
Black Lightning CW): Renewed through Season 2
Black Mirror (Netflix): Renewed through Season 5
Channel Zero Syfy): Renewed through Season 4
Colony (USA): Renewed through Season 3
Daredevil (Netflix): Renewed through Season 3
Doctor Who (BBC America): Renewed through Season 11
The Expanse (Syfy): Cancelled after Season 3
The Flash CW): Renewed through Season 5
From Dusk Till Dawn (El Rey): Renewed through Season 3
Game of Thrones (HBO): Renewed through Season 8 (final season)
Gotham (Fox): Renewed through Season 5
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu): Renewed through Season 3
Humans (AMC): Renewed through Season 3
Into The Badlands (AMC): Renewed through Season 3
Iron Fist Netflix: Renewed for season 2
I Zombie (CW): Renewed through Season 5
Jessica Jones (Netflix): Renewed through Season 3
Killjoys (Syfy): Renewed through Season 5 (Final Season)
The Last Ship (TNT): Renewed through Season 5 (final season)
Legends Of Tomorrow (CW): Renewed through Season 4
Legion (FX): Renewed through Season 2
Lost In Space (Netflix): Renewed through Season 2
Luke Cage (Netflix): Renewed through Season 2
The Magicians (Syfy): Renewed through Season 4
The Man In The High Castle (Amazon): Renewed through Season 3
Midnight Texas NBC): Renewed through Season 2
Mr. Robot (USA): Renewed through Season 4
The Orville (Fox): Renewed through Season 2
Preacher (AMC): Renewed through Season 3
The Shannara Chronicles (Spike): Renewed through Season 2
Star Trek Discovery (CBS All Access): Renewed through Season 2
The Strain (FX): Renewed through Season 4 (final season)
Stranger Things (Netflix): Renewed through Season 3
Supergirl (CW): Renewed through Season 4
Supernatural (CW): Renewed through Season 14
The Tick (Amazon): Renewed through Season 2
Westworld (HBO): Renewed through Season 3
Wynonna Earp (Syfy): Renewed through Season 3
Z Nation (Syfy): Renewed through Season 4
It appears, at first glance, The CW series have the most staying power overall. Starting with the Arrowverse. I normally do not include these shows in my weekly column simply because they are for the most part not up to the high standards I consider good enough quality to be included in the top-notch series. I do watch them but they leave me unimpressed for the most part. The arrival of the Marvel Netflix series revealed them for the pale imitations they are. Arrow is the best of the lot but still leaves me somewhat underwhelmed.
Now that the schedule for the full slate of CW shows has been announced lots of changes have been revealed. Mondays will see Legends of Tomorrow paired with the newly moved Arrow, while The Flash will precede Black Lightning on Tuesdays. Sunday nights will have Supergirl. Notice the poster for Legends above includes Matt Ryan’s, John Constantine.
It has also been announced that Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, would be integrated into the Arrowverse. She’ll make her debut during the yearly crossover later in the fall, but an actor for the character wasn’t named. her arrival will include the first Arrowverse depiction of Gotham
Also, we have the arrival of the first trailer for the Charmed reboot which you can watch below.
Other news regarding the 2018-2019 season involves one of my personal favorites, Gotham which is going into it’s fifth and final season. As fans of the show know each season brings new villains and new threats to the grim city. Season 5 will be no different in that respect. In the wake of Jeremiah’s plan to detonate a series of massive bombs under the city’s streets, Bruce Wayne, Jim Gordon and the rest of the survivors will find themselves facing a number of previously unknown enemies — and one potential ally.
We can expect the arrival of Scarface and his ventriloquist “partner”. Others expected for the season are Mother and Orphan, along with Lady Shiva. At least one, Orphan, is a potential ally. The daughter of Lady Shiva, one of the deadliest people in the world, Cassandra Cain has spent more time as a hero than villain, even adopting the Batgirl identity for a number of years. There’s also news that the final season of Gotham will be delayed until midseason.
Now for some comments on THIS WEEK’S SHOWS
WESTWORLD (s02e04): In this week’s episode Dolores, Maeve, Teddy and Charlotte Hale are nowhere to be seen. Instead, the episode focused on the Man in Black (William) and Bernarnold. Instead of the main story arcs, we have been following on the series, this edition provided a big surprise in the revelation that Elsie was still alive and rescued by the same hoist that we all thought had killed her in the first place. The show mostly focused on an earlier time in William’s life when he was apparently the man in charge of the tech company responsible for creating the Delos hosts and his earliest attempts at getting it right. The prototype host was based on a now-dead James Delos the man who financed the endeavor. The thing is, the Delos android doesn’t even realize it’s not a real human being that is being terminated in flames at the end of each attempt to create it.
The portrayal of the attempts to create the earliest host is a nightmarish and horrific one and the episode goes on to establish itself as a classic study in horror. It’s seriously creepy stuff even creepier than anything I have seen on this series before which I saying a lot. It made for a memorable hour of genre viewing in which the show reminds us this series is as a much a horror story as it is science fiction.
Meanwhile, the Man in Black (TMIB) and Lawrence arrive in Las Mudas, they encounter Major Craddock and the handful of Confederadoes Teddy let escape when Dolores wanted them executed. Craddick captures them and makes the classic mistake villains make all the time. He talks too much and gives William time to escape and put an end to his plans. This was a thoroughly chilling and engaging episode of the series that is sometimes too cryptic for its own good.
THE EXPANSE (s03e04): Holy Mackeral, what an episode! I have to give this edition of the series the prize for the best hour of genre TV this week. The long build-up on the trip to Io is finally over and the series goes off with one of its best action-packed episodes in a while. Long story short, The rescue of Prax’s daughter Mei is a success. That evil scientist Dr. Strickland meets his demise at the hands of Amos. Mao is captured and Draper finds herself in the fight of her life when she finds herself pursued by Katoa who has escaped his captivity. The result is an epic chase scene and fight that covers a lot of ground with Drapers power suit vs the prtocreature’s super abilities. Meanwhile on Earth Anna has finally realized what an evil scheming snake Errinwright is, in reality, The episode ends with the emergence of something from the surface of Venus the protoculture has created (and it looks like just what I predicted it would be last season, a proto-ship)
GOTHAM: THe season finale of the Batman prequel series went out with a boom. The episode was loaded with significant developments and memorable moments that set the stage for what is to come next season. However, I found the episode fell short of the overall totally awesome experience I was expecting and hoping for. Don’t get me wrong it was good, it just didn’t quite get there as far as being as good as I know the show can be.
The episode saw the return of Hugo Strange (BD Wong is so good in that role) along with the reemergence of Mr. Freeze and Firefly among others
The final moments of the season four finale of Fox’s Gotham essentially rebooted the series. The season ended with some characters leaving town, multiple villains rising from the underground and several of what on the surface appeared to be the final scene for some of the show’s regulars who may or may not survive their close brush with death. It left us hanging with a plethora of cliffhangers regarding who will survive and who won’t. It also ended with some of the show’s established bad guys (and girls) marking out their territories and in the process slicing up the city like the rotten urban pie it is.
AGENTS OF SHIELD (S05E22): Another tremendous episode of genre television was on last night with the season finale of one of the best superhero shows on TV. Graviton arrived on earth and in a memorable scene was depicted as being completely out-of-control and causing lots of damage. He appeared to be unstoppable until he decided to force Daisy into using her powers to aid his agenda. Daisy gave him a blast so powerful it launched him into space. However, Daisy triumph over evil was offset by the tragic loss of one of the series’ major characters We lost Fitz and it was an incredibly sad moment that nearly brought me to tears. The success of this show is largely dues to its characters we have grown to know and love over the years