TL;DR – This is a show that
is bold, funny, weird, and heartwarming, one of the best Science Fiction
shows I have ever had the pleasure of watching.
Last year I had some time and sat down to write about my love for Star
Trek Deep Space Nine and the impact it had on my like and joy of film/TV.
Since then I have been looking for the next subject to write about and it never
quite worked out. However, with the announcement that Farscape is about to drop on Amazon and a whole new generation of
people will be able to understand what frell
means, well sometimes life lines it up
for you. With this in mind, today we will be exploring what makes Farscape so special
for me, and why you should check it out.
So to set the scene, John Crichton (Ben Browder) is an astronaut from Earth,
from a family of astronauts. He is testing a new slingshot engine on Farscape-1
hoping to use the Earth’s gravity to send astronauts across the Solar System.
Only on this test flight he accidentally stumbles across a wormhole that flings
him across the galaxy and into the middle of a war. On board the prison transport Moya, the prisoners Ka D’Argo (Anthony
Simcoe), Pa-u Zotoh Zhaan (Virginia Hey),
and Dominar Rygel XVI (Jonathan Hardy) have escaped and are trying to remove
its control collar. While captain Bialar Crais (Lani Tupu) is sending Prowler
fighter crafts to take the ship back before it could escape. The prisoners
detect John’s unusual ship and bring it on board not before John accidentally
crashed into one of the pursuing Prowlers sending it crashing into an asteroid
(it may have had Crais’ brother on-board). Everyone was able to get the control
collar off with thanks to Moya’s pilot Pilot (Lani Tupu) and she starbursts
away, dragging one the Prowlers with then containing Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black)
a Sebacean that looks very human. Aeryn is declared contaminated and has to go
on the run with the rest as they flee pursuit by an insane military commander while doing everything to find a way
TL;DR – It’s back and it is just as clever and fun as always.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
The Good Place, what a little gem of a show this is, a real cracker. When I first watched it I had no idea what I was getting in too, and like everyone else, I was blown away by the direction the show took at the end of Season One. To the point that even now when we are still talking about Season Three I want to be coy about what that changeup was in case someone has not seen it yet. For the last two seasons, I watched it all in a binge watch session, so I am interested to see how it plays out week by week for this season. Well with that in mind, let’s come Down Under say hello and look at Australian universities with flags in every room.
TL;DR – Take everything wrong with Bright, smash it into Who Framed Roger Rabbit with all the charm removed, and sprinkle in some jokes about puppet sex and you pretty much have this film.
Score – 1.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is some behind the scenes footage during the credits
Well … that was an experience, I’ll tell you that much. I mean it has a lot of bits that usually I really like, like the noir setting, a ‘who done it’ mystery, and a story that is wanting to subvert a genre. I also really like Melissa McCarthy as an actor, and well they also upset Sesame Street and well that’s interesting all in itself. However, none of this matters because at no point does the film come together and at best it hits moments of being mediocre.
TL;DR – Bloody, gory, and brutal, yet also funny, insightful, and emotional. It blends an interesting concept, with great acting, and fantastic cinematography to create a really compelling work of cinema.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
I walked into Upgrade not really knowing what to expect, I knew about some chip in some guys back and the death of his wife but nothing much else. What I was not expecting was to see a deeply emotional work of art, which does so much with its shoestring budget that I was shocked to see it only cost five million to make. It delves into the world of post-humanism that we are rapidly approaching as technology and biology blend together. But with all that at its heart is a story about a man losing everything he loves and trying to live in a world where nothing will bring the love of his life back.
TL;DR – The Series Finale brings closure in a way only Sense8 could by focusing on family and the power of love. If you have liked the show up until this point you will want to see how it ends, if you haven’t I don’t think this will change your mind.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Endings, no one wants their favourite show to end, lest of all when it is not ending on their own terms. The television landscape is filled with shows that I have deeply loved and we will never know how they ended, and while every now and again we get a Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Farscape many more shows have left the world on a cliffhanger never to be seen again. For a long time, it looked like Sense8 was going to join the long list of shows that never got to say goodbye properly, which was a real shame. While it didn’t always work, the show was always fascinating and it had a level of detail you don’t normally see as the show gallivanted across the globe. However a show like this was expensive, and while I was disappointed I understood when it was announced that it would not be picked up for a third season. However, if it is one thing you should never underestimate that is the power of fans, and in this case, that power has used for good, and today we get to see the outcome of that with a special final episode Amor Vincit Omnia or Love Conquers All.
TL;DR – An interesting look at the concept of an unreliable narrator, wonderfully acted, but there were some facets of the film that didn’t work for me.
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a sort of mid-credit scene
From many angles I, Tonya is a fascinating film, it is incredibly well acted, it is telling the story of one of the weirdest moments in sports history, and it using a really interesting framing method to tell its story. However, while there were a lot of really fascinating factors at play here, there were also some real issues that I feel the unreliable narrator aspect really devalued and muddied the waters in an area that really should not have been. So today we are going to take a dive into the world of figure skating and look at the life of one person that challenged every part of the system.
TL;DR – The legacy of Blade Runner is not overstated, even if parts of the film have not aged well.
I continue my look into the gems of films from the past that I missed the first time round by today looking at the most topical of films Blade Runner. Like 2001: A Space Odyssey (see review), Blade Runner is one of those films that came out before I was born, so I missed it the first time around, and due to its content it didn’t get a lot replay on TV as I was growing up. Now while I haven’t seen the film before today, I have read the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? As well as this, Blade Runner has appeared in so many countdown and best of lists, and multiple parodies and had homages have been made of it over the years. So even though I have never see the film, I have seen so many separate bits that I have probably seen a decent chunk of the film over the years. So with all of this I was a bit apprehensive before sitting down and watching it, would it live up to the huge cultural impact it has had, well could anything really, let’s find out. Now before we go on just a moment of clarification, the version I saw was The Final Cut, which as far as I can tell is the cut that Ridley Scott prefers, so there is likely to be differences between this and the theatrical release.