For some reason, I love reading recaps of TV shows on the Internet. I don’t even have to be a fan of the show, or even be the slightest bit interested in it or its genre, all I care about is that the recapper likes the show, and they are entertaining and informative as they sing its praises, or scream through hate watching yet another episode. I personally can’t watch Outlander, just to take one example, but I have read a few very entertaining recaps of it.
I was watching the first episode of Claws the other night - a fantastic fever dream of a hardboiled crime show - when it occurred to me that the surreal world presented on the screen is actually science fiction. This show, I realized, is a vision of the future designed and predicted by architects, sociologists, and futurologists of the past. Claws is set in Palmetto, Manatee County, Florida. Five manicurists at the Nail Artisan salon are involved in laundering money for a neighboring pain clinic.
I heard about an interesting story recently, a tale called Wormwood that is connected to the strange goings on around MKUltra. I wanted to see it, but first I had to decide whether I wanted to watch Wormwood as a movie or as a six-part Netflix series. With a lot of time to kill, and not many other competing new shows, I decided to go with the longer format. I’m glad I did because this sort of story is the kind of thing I find fascinating, and the more detail I get, the better.
The Expanse is in danger because Syfy has not renewed the show for a fourth season. Syfy’s decision not to renew the show is based on the fact that it only has the first-run rights for the US. This is a problem thanks to the rapidly changing nature of television-viewing in recent years. A lot of viewers watch the show in other ways, and Syfy doesn’t get a cut of that action.
I have just discovered a sci-fi show that is intriguing, to say the least. I’m not going to recommend that you watch it, and I’m even hesitant to give it any publicity at all, but I do want to talk about it. It’s a show called Extinct, with a high-concept premise that is absolutely the sort of thing I love. It combines a post-apocalyptic story with an alien invasion. We see blasted landscapes, crossed by tiny bands of survivors, which appeals to the part of me that likes The Walking Dead, and we also see flashbacks of the fleets of spaceships that created all this destruction, which appeals to the part of me that likes Battlestar Galactica.
I would recommend jumping in at episode two with Lost in Space. It’s a great series but the slow and clunky pilot doesn’t do it any favors. Episode two, on the other hand, throws us right into the middle of the action. It starts with a great scene, featuring a space explorer called Don West and his chicken in mortal peril. The pilot episode was almost all setup, the sort of thing a viewer with even half a brain just does not need.
I have been a fan of The Walking Dead since the first season, and I also enjoy its spin off, Fear the Walking Dead. Neither show is perfect, but I love them anyway. Fear the Walking Dead was initially set in Los Angeles, California, then moved to Mexico. The series follows a dysfunctional, blended family composed of high school guidance counselor Madison Clark, her English teacher partner Travis Manawa, and their kids, Alicia and Nick.
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