so what do i watch now? sci-fi related tv & movies
it has been almost a month since the mid-season finales and several weeks since everyone has caught up on all the great shows this past fall season from dvr or streaming services. all the holiday sci-fi theatre releases have been seen and all the holiday dvd releases rented. so what now? watch The Voice? or other dumbifying television? here’s a list of fall / summer sci-fi tv series and movies you may have missed and need to see (click the highlighted link).
if you are like me, you have grown to hate hulu and have therefore not watched any of their exclusive content. why pay for a service that has commercials? if you show me ads, in any way, before or during, then the content needs to be free. if you have to pay for it, then there needs to be absolutely no ads. i’ve never understood why online broadcasting companies have never understood that. when a steaming show pauses for an ad, the viewer then asks, “is this show really good enough to continuing watching?” everyone has a 100 shows (which should include ‘the 100’ btw), movies, youtubes, etc. in their recommended list, if what you’re watching isn’t that great, when the show pauses for an ad, it’s your opportunity to switch to another hopeful. will you ever go back to finish watching? the answer is most likely ‘noop,’ (unless you have OCD; poor souls just have to watch every episode for the story to conclude, uh-hum, Supernatural fans, and sorry to those who started watching Alphas-cliff hanger with no conclusion).
what to watch:
95ers : Time Runners. a low-budget sci-film with a great story and great special effects.
streaming. free. amazon prime.
Space Battleship Yamato
(the live-action movie from the Star Blazers anime (Japanese animated cartoon) from the 80’s. in Japan, the anime was never called ‘Star Blazers,” but ‘The Space Battleship Yamato’). this movie may still be remade for american audiences.
language: Japanese, english subtitles.
streaming. pay per view. amazon prime.
this movie was panned by critics upon it’s theatrical release, but it harkens very closely to the Underworld series, even including Bill Nighy as the main villain. it may seems like it’s a live-action version of the cartoon, “gargoyles,” but really, i, Frankenstein is based the comic book series of the same name. it features an on-going war between demons and gargoyles. i, Frankenstein was never trying to win oscars, just telling a story of good and evil, (the gargoyles may be ugly in stone form, but they are the good guys), with Frankenstein’s monster, a buff Aaron Eckhart, as an anomaly, sought after by both gargoyle and demon. yeah, you just have to get used to saying gargoyle, but it is an entertaining movie with killer effects. watch it today.
where to watch: amazon prime. free.
i know what you’re thinking,
you may have missed:
SyFy. a tv series based on the 1995 movie with Bruce Willis, Madelene Stowe and Brad Pitt. very not bad. they have a lot more time to tell the same compelling story, 12 Monkeys will be 10 episodes. there are the typical plot holes you’ve come to expect from the SyFy network, but it is of a much higher quality than Znation. it’s interesting, keep watching.
CW. season 2 is much better than season1.
where to watch: amazon prime. free.
what you should have missed:
what is this, you say? i never heard of it either. but amazon is trying to like every other online streaming service imitating Netflix, yep, amazon has original tv shows now. but if this show is any indication, they have a long, long LONG, way to go to achieve the same results. the After is a lot like ‘The Leftovers,’ from the ____ network. it’s the Apocalypse, but not a cool zombie or Mad Max like apocalypse, it’s the religious kind, so by default it makes you feel guilty and unsettled just watching it. the best depiction of the Rapture was clearly, without question, ‘Seth & Jay vs the Apocalypse,’ or its full length, theatrical version, ‘This is the End.’ the best depiction of the apocalypse, would, hopefully, be, Apocalypse, in X-Men : Age of Apocalypse, otherwise, The Walking Dead. viewers will easily get bored with the dialog and circumstance of the seemingly disparate characters, and often question police procedure of one of the members of the group, and REALLY question why they all stick together. all this is followed by one dumb decision after another, especially by a cop and culminating in the most hilarious version of a demon ever seen on screen. he sort of looked like a tattooed, black and grey, hairless version of the Navi from Avatar, with stumpy uni-brow horns, doing a backwards crab walk of an ‘I Am Legend’ vampire/zombie (i was never really clear if they were fully vampire or not; they just looked more zombie than vampire). so, despite what amazon wants you to think, this series, yes there will be more episodes, is not on par with The Walking Dead or Gotham; it is a show that belongs to a category reserved for the syfy channel. i rate it above ‘Sharknado,’ and only slightly better than ‘Z Nation,’ but far below ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ in other words, only watch it if you are forced to. i suffer so you don’t have to.
from dusk ‘til dawn, the series
still undecided if i liked it :
the first two episodes were almost riveting, but eventually my heart sank when i actually saw the head creature. he kind of looked like a green version of Sloth from Goonies, but with no nose, so hysterical looking. i swear, i just couldn’t keep a straight face when i saw him. the Strain is based on a comic book of the same name, by Guillermo del Toro. it centers around the deputy director of the CDC, “F” or Efraim, who doesn’t fully understand CDC procedure, has a seemingly on-going unreasonable, soon forgettable obsession for a glass of milk, and who is the protagonist during the systematic and highly implausible take over of New York. one not believable bad decision after another leads up to the point that no one else in the country or the world notices that New York is completely unreachable and off the grid. the story could have been so much better AND believable. it had a lot of potential, but did not deliver.
the beginning was horrible, but it got way better:
the last few episodes were really good, and cliff hanger from last fall season, which continues tonight! add more Justice league Dark members, add Dr Fate! it has a lot of potential. if you can stomach Matt Ryan as John Constantine, you might enjoy the later episodes.
what you should be watching:
The Walking Dead
season 5 is the best ever, the *best on television. every episode is like like watching a mini theatrical movie. the story is so incredibly done, the acting has moved to a whole new level, every episode just leaves you in awe. never has a series developed into to something this good. the pilot was arguably the best episode of the series, until season 5, episode came around.
Game of Thrones (returns April 12th)
i only mention it here, because i still some sci-fi / fantasy / geek fans who still don’t watch it. *best on television
my favorite heroine on tv. almost too good to compete with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., sorry Agent Coulson.
Gotham is a prequel to Batman, taking place in Gotham City. Gotham uses elements from the comic book series Gotham Central (the major crimes unit police partners), but instead centers around a young James Gordon and his sometimes corrupt new partner, Harvey Bullock. spolier alert: the original Red Hood, not Jason Todd, will appear near the end of the season and will become The Joker.
the next in the line of DC heroes on television, a spinoff from Arrow. a lot of thought and effort went into this series to not just be another cheesy spinoff that’s worse than the original and will only last half a season. in a lot of ways, it’s better than Arrow. The story arc has an overall theme and develops each episode, with a multi-level plot. they tried adding the typical CW / Arrow- brand uncharacteristic, unneeded drama, in one episode, but it just didn’t fit with Barry Allen’s comic character and the fans boo’d it out of existence. they may have jumped the gun by adding too many villains, but the but will team up, as the Rogues, and exact their revenge. it’s a great story, a lovable character, and soon will entertain us with time travel, get on that treadmill Barry before Zoom destroys the future.
what you will be watching:
(does not include fall 2015 tv of Supergirl, Titans, etc)
releases april 10, 2015.
Netflix original. you know what that means… yep, up all night binge watching. good thing april 10th is a friday. DareDevil is the first of four Marvel tv shows that will air on Netflix. DareDevil will reboot lawyer Matt Murdoch and cover the blind superhero more from the comic book perspective. fans are promised it will be nothing like the movie. i think that is obvious, as a 10 episode series can cover so much more than a single movie. Elektra will appear later in the series, but will not be a main character, unless it is successful for a season 2. DareDevil will introduce the Defenders, DareDevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist and cover the area of New York, called Hell’s Kitchen. the other Defenders will have their planned spinoff series, releasing later this year.
it’s just a partial list, regular programming mostly begins again next week. the regular television season returns incrementally.