TL;DR – A charming little Science Fiction film even though it does have a few rough edges
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
If you have read our site before, you’ll know that we are all about new Science
Fiction films and ways they explore the genre. This year I have wanted to
branch out and see how other countries are approaching Science Fiction to
broaden my cinematic experience and today we get to do that with Alone in Space a film about being
trapped alone in space from Sweden.
So to set the scene, we open in on the Svea XVI an escape ship form a dying
Earth, but instead of being filled with colonists/refugees the only ones on
board are Gladys (Ella Rae Rappaport) and her younger brother Keaton (Dante
Fleischanderl). They try and get through the day, fixing what they can of the
ship, scavenging food and stuff in their journeys and talking to the ship’s
Japanese AI Otosan. Well one day there is a crash, sending everything on the
ship flying. Thinking it was some debris they ignore it and go about fixing the
ship only to discover they are no longer alone.
TL;DR – This is a great
episode that shows the strength of the Short Trek formula with some truly
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
We are back with another season of Short
Treks, one of the more novel experiments that have come out of this third Star Trek TV resurgence. These are a
number of shorts in and around the Star
Trek universe (mostly but this season not exclusively around Star
Trek Discovery). Like last year’s The
Escape Artist that looked at Harry Mudd. Today we get to dive
back into this world with a fun look at someone’s first day on the job.
So to set the scene, it is Ensign Spock’s (Ethan Peck) first day on the job.
After a long flight to Starbase 40, he beams aboard and is welcomed by Number
One (Rebecca Romijn). After some pleasantries, Number One decides to show the
new ensign the Bridge only for the turbolift to fail on transit giving them a
lot of time to chat.
TL;DR – This is and continues
to be the gold standard to adaptations of literature, capturing the heart of
the books, even if it does not hit every plot beat along the way.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I mentioned back in my look at the New
Golden Age of Science Fiction that The Expanse is one of the best adaptations on TV at the moment. Here
in Australia, I got to watch the first two seasons on Netflix and was
constantly entranced with just what a good job they did of bringing James S. A.
Corey’s books to life. The third season has been tricky to find but today I was
able to hunt it down on Amazon and gave it a watch. Well, how does it do? Well,
I can tell you that I watched the entire first arc of the season in one
session, being so completely engrossed that I didn’t realise how late in the
evening it had gotten … so that it is always a good sign.
So to set the scene, we open in the aftermath of season two and the turn that
put Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) from a position of absolute power
to her running for her life after being betrayed by Sadavir Errinwright (Shawn
Doyle). Stuck on a ship that has just been fired upon by her own side there is
not much hope for escape but then that is why she brought Bobbie Draper (Frankie
Adams) a former Martian marine along. They manage to escape, but they are still
under pursuit, and while they were gone the whole solar system has erupted into
war and the Jupiter planetary system is ground zero for the conflict. Meanwhile,
on the Rocinante the crew are dealing
with two big problems, the fact that Naomi (Dominique Tipper) lied to them, and
they have done nothing really to help Prax (Terry Chen) find his daughter. With
everything falling apart the question is: will James Holden (Steven Strait) going
to step in and help stop this war, or is he going to sit back and let others
make the tough calls?
TL;DR – This is really a slow
burn but then it grabs you as all the different parts start to merge together
and you discover what is behind The Island and the number 39.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
One of my great joys is watching the TV Show Survivor where they throw a bunch of random people on an island and
subject them to the elements and every puzzle under the Sun. It is such an
interesting scenario, that I am surprised that we don’t see more people take
advantage of it narratively. Well, today we get to look at a show that does
just that, exploring a world where you can trust nothing and no one, not even
what you can see with your own two eyes.
So to set the scene, one morning you wake up, but you are not at home in your
bed, you are on a beach lying in the sand with waves crashing into you. To add
to this you cannot remember how you got there, or even who you are. As Chase (Natalie
Martinez) tries to get her bearings she stumbles across KC (Kate Bosworth) and
discovers that she is not alone. There are ten of them and no one can remember
anything bar waking up on the beach. As they try to find something of their
past lives, the reality of their situation dawns and soon the power politics
show their heads and worse. Now from here, we will be looking at the season
as a whole so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – A campy schlocky mess
at times, but also kind of endearing when it hits its groove
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
We have been living through an interesting time for Science Fiction on TV, with
the rise of streaming services we have seen a plethora of new shows and ideas
that both look to the future and reinterpret the past. Today we are getting a
Sci-fi show that kind of does both, building upon very real concerns in the
world but framing it in a style of Sci-Fi that we have not seen in a long time.
With that in mind let’s jump in and explore the full first season.
So to set the scene, we open with a normal day on Earth in the not too distant
future after the world has been devastated by a second great depression and the
great flood. Things are starting to return to some sort of normalcy when an
alien ship smashes through the atmosphere flies across the USA and crashes into
a field transforming itself into a huge crystalline lattice. Months later, they
are still no closer to finding out what the artefact is or wants, but they have
picked up a transmission to the Pi Canis Majoris solar system. To work out what
to do they send the USIC Salvare under
the command of Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff) out to investigate. Niko had
to leave her daughter Jana (Lina Renna) and her husband Erik (Justin Chatwin)
behind as Erik is leading the scientific mission at the crash site. But before
too long things start going wrong, and we still don’t know if the aliens are friends
or foe. Now from here, we will be
looking at the season as a whole so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – This is one of those
Sci-Fi shows that has you wondering what the hook is going to be and then it
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
While there have been a lot of issues, one of the best things to come out of
the new streaming world has been a new wave or really interesting Science
Fiction TV shows. At the heart of this, but by no means the only contributor,
has been Netflix that has had a huge slate of really interesting Sci-Fi
content. Well, today we get to take a look at its newest addition Another Life with an exploration of its
pilot episode Across the Universe.
Overall, there was a lot of interesting facets in this first episode, but one
thing I really liked was the production. The design for the Salvare has facets
that are instantly recognisable but also are a little unique. The rings have a
visual language of a rotating gravity ship, but there is internal gravity so
there is an interesting juxtaposition. The standing sets are also really
interesting mixing a bland of high-tech and also
maybe-we-filmed-this-in-a-warehouse-somewhere that kind of works. Also, I am a
sucker for astronomy, so you had me sucked in the moment you stopped at Sirius
A, which they showed in all its glory.
TL;DR – A fantastic addition to the base game that really improves the exploration phase.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Review – Last year I got back into Stellaris a 4X space strategy game, a combination that feels like a video game designed just for me. Over the years it has had a lot of improvements building upon the strengths of the base game. Since then there have been a couple of expansion packs and DLCs and today we are looking the latest addition for the game Ancient Relics.
The core component of this new story pack is the addition of archaeological digs and from this the addition of minor and major artifacts. As you explore out at the start of the game you may stumble across archaeological digs on random planets. These require a science ship to work them much like anomalies but with a little twist. There is a random element in the process where you have a chance to improve until you crack the next level. Most of the digs have multiple levels that you have to progress to before you can complete it and earn research points, resources, or more.