I’m Watchin’ Thangs

Hi there!

Have some mini reviews:

The Expanse:

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This is an extremely mini review, as I’ve not actually sat down to watch an entire episode, even as they keep accumulating on my DVR. As I said before, I don’t usually watch Space Operas, not because I consider them uninteresting, but because I usually don’t have time, and just end up missing the entire series. The same thing happened here, with The Expanse. I also haven’t read any of the books in the series by James Corey, so I don’t know how close a resemblance the show has to those. I have to confess I’ve only watched the trailers and a few snippets. I certainly like what I see and the show is blowing it up on the diversity front. The show has not neglected to round out the cast with Latinxs, Black people, and different Asians. So if that’s  important for you, then check it out.

The character in the photo above is the six foot tall, New Zealander, Frankie Adams who plays the bad ass Bobbie Draper, and already she’s my favorite character, even though I’ve seen nothing more than snippets of her scenes. If you liked Vasquez from the movie Aliens, you will love Bobbie, who is continuing that grand tradition of having bad ass, WoC warriors in space.

The show appears to have improved quite a bit since that first season. At some point I going to need to sit down and binge the Hell out of this show, and give a more in depth review.

The Magicians:

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This is the first episode of the second season and I remain mostly unimpressed. It’s not that it’s a bad show, because there’s plenty in it for the discerning viewer, it’s just that it has several competing tones, which can be kind of jarring if that’s not something you’re used to. On the one hand the show wants to have a lighthearted, jokey, bantering feel, most especially in the scenes where Elliot, Margot, Penny, Quentin and Alice are in Fillory, a fairytale world mentioned prominently in season one, and the real world travails of Quentin’s friend Julia, who got kicked out of Brakebills last season, and had been fumbling to get back into the magical community, ever since.

Julia’s storyline is dark, depressing ,and unnerving, as she seems to spend the majority of her time being sexually, and emotionally abused, and belittled by various characters. Last season, she was emotionally manipulated by a Hedge witch named Marina, and raped by a creature she thought was a god, after she joined a cult. This season, the person trying to both sexually, and emotionally abuse her, is named The Beast. With a name like that you would have to be a complete jackass to trust him, nevertheless, I wish we got to see a lot less of him. (As with all TV villains, he thinks he’s pretty charming, and talks too damned much.)

There’s also a third thread where we keep flipping back and forth, from Fillory to Brakebills, as Quentin, Margot, and Alice, investigate what’s happening in Fillory with Dean Fogg, and that’s confusing and  doesn’t mesh well with the rest of the episode.

You cannot have this rather casual and jokey attitude sitting side by side with the constant degradation of this other character. It just makes the whole show feel bad.  Julia seems like she’s in another show entirely. I’m not sure where they’re going with her storyline, but I wish it wasn’t. Its distracting from what is otherwise a mildly entertaining show about magic.

In the first season, we spent our time establishing various characters, and setting up for season two. This second season is going to be more like the second book in the series, called The Magician’s Land, where the four major characters become the Kings and Queens of Fillory,  except for Penny who doesn’t get a crown. I was mildly peeved by this. Even though Penny is still an asshole, I feel he deserves a crown too, and why was the lone character of color left out of it.

The show gets LGBT representation right in Elliot, but gets a  black hashmark for killing off all the other gay characters (including the lone Black woman, this show has ever had, in season one). It also gets a demerit for making the one  PoC a complete arsehole (Penny), and the other PoC is the Dean of the school. Putting the lone Black person in charge of giving orders, is a trope a show adds when it wants to have diversity, but has no clue how to write characters of color.

There were some things I enjoyed, though. I liked some of the humor. The idea that they could only win their crowns by passing some elaborate tests, only for the tests to turn about to be 90’s pop culture trivia questions, was pretty funny. And of course, I love Elliot, who is always saying the absolutely correct things, at the correct times. He’s the best written character on the show. Snarky and intelligent, but vulnerable, when he needs to be.  Quentin has improved since last season, becoming more sure of himself, but I credit the actor for that, not the writers.

Like I said, its not a bad show, and there’s something in it worth watching for the casual viewer, but the tone of the show is wildly uneven, as it swings between humor, and sexual violence, and I don’t like that.


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Well, I watched two episodes of this show and I think I understand whats going on, or at least what the creators are trying to do, while also trying to have a plot. The first episode may appear to be plot free, but it does have one. The title character has been institutionalized for attempting to commit suicide. While there, he’s diagnosed with schizophrenia and paranoia. I don’t know how accurate the depiction of 1960’s  mental institutions is, but I didn’t have a problem with the depiction, outside of the usual tropes of “crazy patients”, in the background.

While David is  there, he meets a pretty blond girl, that he falls in love with, while he’s being hunted by some type of clandestine Federal organization that wants to study him, because they believe he’s a powerful mutant. This entire plot takes two episodes to resolve because we keep taking detours into David’s mind, as he hallucinates, imagines scenarios, or just remembers things. We spend a lot of time in David’s mind and I think the purpose is to make the audience feel as disoriented about the things happening to him, as David feels. It certainly is a different approach to a Marvel character.

Now, in the comic books, David is the son of Charles Xavier and Moira McTaggert(?) and is the most powerful telepathic being on Earth, more powerful than his father, which is why he spent the early part of his life in a vegetative state, unable to cope with his abilities. In all fairness, I haven’t read about this character in a very long time, so I’m sure he’s gone through a bunch of reiterations since the 9os.

I was reluctant to approach this show. I generally avoid shows that involve blatant displays of mental illness, especially after my own bout with mental illness in my twenties (which has since been in a kind of remission), but the fear that that state of mind could reoccur, is always present, especially when watching shows where mental illness is heavily featured. I went through some very, very rough times , and don’t like to be reminded of one of the worse periods of my life.

The closer the TV depiction of mental illness is to reality, the more I dislike it, and I was expecting to dislike this show, but it turned out to be not that bad. At least not for me, but if you’re a person currently going through some mental shit, you might want to use caution, when watching this. A lot of the show’s visuals are very disorienting. I don’t know that I’ll make  regular viewing of it, but I don’t dislike the show. The best thing I can say about it is that it’s visually spectacular.



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Actually this is a very interesting show, in its second season. Yes, it’s about sentient robots, but that’s where the  comparison, between it and Westworld, end. This  British show takes place in the real world, and recounts how humans and robots interact, as robots begin to displace human beings from working life, and how that interaction is unsettled, when some of the robots start to become self aware.

In the first season, we followed a group of self aware robots (Niska, Mia, Leo, and Max) who’d been split up and were trying to find each other. They’d all been created by the same man, now long dead. This season, one of the robots (Niska) uploads their self-awareness code into a system that all of the robots (called Synths) have to occasionally link to, and more of them become aware. Now they have to deal with not just this new awareness, but what kind of relationships do they want to have with humans.

The show also deals with the fallout for the Hawkins family’s interaction with Leo and his family, last season. How does this affect them? What do the children think? How does their interaction with self aware robots affect their future, and will the government find out they were involved? Added to that, the Hawkins parents are still in therapy, dealing with the husband’s brief infidelity with Mia, something I found to be deeply interesting. Did he or did he not cheat on his wife, and how does she process what he did, when he says it didn’t mean anything.?

There are several threads we follow through the episode.  We follow Niska, who is investigating human love, as she picks up a girl at a nightclub, and goes on trial for killing a man. I still don’t see how she can get away with appearing human  because she doesn’t talk or move like one. Why the humans don’t see it, is one of the show’s bigger mysteries.

There’s a secondary story involving a Dr. Morrow played by Carrie-Ann Moss (from Daredevil). She’s investigating how and why the Synths have become aware, and what they want. At some point during the season she will meet up with the more militant Niska.

There’s a third storyline involving Detective Karen Voss, who is also a Synth married to, and masquerading as a human. Its interesting because her husband knows what she is and still loves her anyway. She in turn appears to be very much in love with him, too. There’s also Hester, a newly sentient Synth, who is still discovering who and what she is.

This show is a lot less action packed than Westworld, and asks different types of questions on the nature of sentience. Its more thoughtful, and philosophical, and states its ideas much more blatantly. There are certainly fewer shootouts. There are also more PoC, but the narrative doesn’t explore that particular angle, in depth. Its mostly left for the viewer to suss out how race relations work in a society where robot servants look like any race of people. Do the robots of color get abused, or exploited more, I wonder?  I’m still trying to figure out whose idea was it to make them so human-looking, and why. The Synths don’t behave like humans, though. They speak and behave smoothly, stiffly, and slowly, so its fairly easy to tell they’re not human.


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I don’t even know how to describe this show anymore, as it has gone completely off the deep end, with wild things happening in every episode. But this week’s episode was actually refreshing in that James Delaney’s enemies have finally caught up with him and brought him low. From the jump, James has been three steps ahead of everyone but this episode proves he’s at least not invulnerable or omniscient.

There’s also the added factor that he seems deeply fascinating to many of the women in the narrative. From the little mulatto girl who thinks he’s going to take her to America, to the actress that lives with him and pines for his attention, to his own half-sister Zilpha who, in a fit of cold rage, just killed her boozy, abusive husband.

Zilpha arrives at James house, in the middle of the night, and says she did just as he asked her to do. Since we’ve never heard James express any such sentiment, its no wonder he begins to question her sanity, and if so, is it his fault, although this doesn’t stop the two of them from getting their freak on, after her husband’s funeral. Its not meant to last however, as James, hallucinating that his mother is drowning him, tries to choke Zilpha.

There’s a new player in town, an African man named Chichester, and he’s asking questions about the ship that sank with all hands,  but from  which James conveniently escaped. This is a character who pulls no punches, as he blatantly  taunts the Company men, reminding them at every opportunity that he was once a slave. His investigations into the East India Company’s illegal slave trade prompts them to attack James by burning his newly bought boat. There’s also the matter of some stolen gunpowder that James is attempting to sell to the Americans. So now James has plenty of goods to sell but no way to reach America to sell it.

Brace, James’ houseman, tries to tell him that James’ mother was no saint, but James ain’t hearing none of that, although he does keep having flashbacks to images of his mother trying to drown him. As the tension between all these characters ratchets up, James is starting to lose it, too. He becomes even darker and more violent, biting out a man’s tongue for betraying him, which is saying something, when you consider that, in an earlier episode, he ate part of a guy and cut off another man’s finger. He’s having more hallucinations, too. Is he succumbing to the madness that claimed his father, and that he thinks is claiming his sister?

Later, after recovering from a drunken stupor, he discovers the drowned body of Winter. Did he do this? Is it a setup? We’ll find out. We’ve got two more episodes left and I’ll have a full rundown on the finale when it airs.


On a more personal note:

I’m still very fatigued, although a lot less fatigued than I was at the start of the year. Its become my habit to go to bed as early as possible now, which means that a lot of these shows sit on my DVR until the weekend, and that’s what happened with The Expanse and Ash Vs. The Evil Dead. Also, there have been so many new shows, and season premieres, that its just hard to keep up with all of them. I’ve limited myself to reviewing the pilots and premieres only, except for those shows I’ve already been reviewing, like Supernatural, and The Walking Dead.

In March I’ll be reviewing the return of Samurai Jack, in its fifth season; Iron Fist, which I’m not especially enthused about, but hey!, I managed to sit thorough half of Jessica Jones, so how bad could it be; and the return of Into the Badlands, which I will review in the entirety of its second season.


Forthcoming TV Shows

There are a number of television shows I’m looking forward to next year. Now in hindsight 2016 has been a fairly shitty year, except for TV, which is tearing it up with some very exciting series. I’m very much enjoying Legends of Tomorrow, which is much better in its second season. It got rid of the rather dodgy actress who played Hawkgirl, and replaced her with Vixen, with whom I’m very satisfied.

I’ve decided to try DCs other superhero shows and I’m liking them, although I do consider them to be rather light weight viewing. I still don’t like Arrow, though.

From Dusk Til Dawn also had a much better season than last year. It just aired its season finale  and I’m going to happily break that down for you guys by the end of this week.

American Horror Story just aired its finale episode which I’ve already reviewed. I feel like AHS had a great season this year, with a lot of depth, focus, and humor.

We got the truly wondrous Luke Cage, which I can’t even accurately review because my head is so crammed full of thoughts about it that I can’t straighten them out. I’m still processing this show, as I haven’t really had time to really think about it because:

Season 12 of Supernatural has just started to air and its very good. So far, its been very engaging, and funny, with some very well written side characters, and quite a number of feels.

And, I’m entirely caught up in the Westworld phenomena. Thankfully its only got two episodes left, after which I can take some time to think about something else and finish processing my thoughts and feels about it.

Then it’s back to watching and/or reviewing starting January 1st. There is such a wealth of good shows, and I have such a limited amount of time with which to review them, that I’m going to have to start farming out some reviews. So from now on, when I see a really great review of a show I’m watching, but don’t actually have time to review, I’m just going to leave a link or reblog.

Also, if you’re a person who writes long form TV reviews like these, please get in touch with me about linking , and reblogging your posts. I love a good, well thought-out, and logical review. No wanking or ‘ship wars, please. I don’t mind if you love a certain ship  but I’m not going to reblog about  ‘ships that erase PoC, canon LGBTQ characters, and women from their own narratives.

Okay, here’s what we have to look forward to:

*Sherlock (Jan.1)

Sherlock returns for its fourth season. I’m starting to get really tired of looking at Benedict Cumberbatch’s face. He’s a phenomenal actor, with one of the best voices I’ve ever heard on a screen, but he looks like a turtle that’s been squeezed too tightly, and  I think I have reached “Peak Cumberbatch”, at this point. Nevertheless, I may still watch this, because I actually enjoy the plots. (BBC)

*Beyond (Jan. 2)

This show looks like a cross between Kyle X and Teen Wolf, which isnt a bad thing. I’m looking for  a replacement teen show for Teen Wolf anyway, since its in its last season. (Freeform)

Shadowhunters (Jan. 2)

I’ve only ever watched a couple of episodes of Shadowhunters, but gifs of it keep showing up in my Tumblr feed, and I’ve liked those, so I’ll watch this. And Harry Shum, who was one of the fan contenders to play Danny Rand in Iron Fist, is in this and I do need to have some  Shum in my life, somehow. (Freeform)

Sleepy Hollow 

I won’t be watching  season four of this show and there’s no trailer as yet,  but if you don’t mind the complete wtf*ery of what happened  last season, you go right ahead .I’m gonna be a petty mf and not even post the airdate.

*Taboo (Jan.10)

I’m a huge Tom Hardy fan, often watching movies I would not normally think about just because he’s the star. Also, I just enjoy dark Historical mysteries and these trailers look gorgeous. (FX)

*Lemony Snicket (Jan.13)

I read a lot of Lemony Snicket books and enjoyed the Jim Carey version of this, so I will probably check this out. My favorite character is Violet, so I have to stan for my tiny baby. This trailer seems to capture some of the zaniness of the original film. (Netflix)

The Young Pope (Jan.15)

I really like Jude Law, but I probably won’t watch this, even if I find this kind of Catholic scandal type stuff, fascinating. I’m not Catholic, but I will watch dramatic histories about it. This looks well acted but I’m noping out. (HBO)

Six (Jan,18)

I don’t normally watch military type shows but this looks interesting. For some reason, I’m attracted to those Navy Seal non-fiction books, and this show looks suitably dramatic, so I may watch this. On the other hand, I don’t wanna see Black people being terrorized, so I may not make this a regular part of my viewing diet. (History)

*Frontier (Jan.20)

I’m always up for anything starring Jason Momoa. I have not yet reached Peak Momoa. (Netflix)

*The Magicians Jan.25)

I was a bit disappointed in the last season of this show because of the depictions of violence against its female characters, so I’m dubious about watching this new season. On the other hand, it looks gorgeous, and I hope its a better than the second book in the series on which this is based. Finishing that second book felt like working. (Syfy)

Riverdale (Jan.26)

I could not find a good trailer for this one. I try to stick to only one teen show per period, so I may not watch this, but this is the last season of Teen Wolf, and I might need something to replace that. The trailers don’t look very interesting but I could give it a try. (CW)

Black Sails (Jan.29)

I watched the first episodes of this and then stopped, but I have been following what’s happening through reviews.It still looks beautiful but I can make no promises about this show, other than I will watch the first episode and give it a chance. (Starz)

The Expanse (Feb. 8)

I only watched a few episodes of the first season, but I’ve since read that its a good show, so I’ll watch the first episodes of this second season. I don’t know if I’ll like it but I can try it. (Syfy)

Taken (Feb 27)


I’m a big Liam Neeson fan and I really liked the movies on which this show is based.

*Legion (Feb TBD)

This is a Marvel Superhero Joint, so I will watch it even though I’m not in the market for yet another show about a quirky, White, male hero. I do know who this character is in the comic books, though, so I’m going to check it out. (FX)

*Iron Fist (March 17)

I will watch this even though I’m disappointed that the creators didn’t choose an Asian American man to be Danny Rand. That kind of story would’ve had so much more depth, but depth isn’t Marvel’s strongest suit. I’m still not greatly impressed with the actor they chose either, but I promise to give him a chance. I’m mostly in it because I hope this show does for Colleen Wing, (who has been racebent to be Asian) what the Luke Cage series did for Misty Knight. (Netflix)

Into the Badlands (Spring TBD)

Well, duh! (AMC)

Stuff We’re Looking At

I promised I’d write down my feeling about the new season of Agent Carter, but a bunch of other things aired and there are some shows I mentioned in the past, which I haven’t mentioned since. Here’s  my midseason report of love and indifference.

Agent Carter – 

I actually enjoyed this episode,  or rather I enjoyed the second episode where Peggy goes on a date with the very fine Dr. Wilkins and runs around the streets of LA, shooting people and kicking ass. I actually expected a certain amount of silliness but didn’t expect it to be quite so funny. (The funniest moment was watching Jarvis fighting with the flamingo he can’t get off his lawn. Jarvis! You gotta tackle him from the back, dude!)

One of the things I’ve always liked about Agent Carter ,and which it has always gotten right, is  the depiction of female characters liking and getting along with each other. The show has women with different body sizes, people with disabilities and I’m glad to see the show actually addressing what its like for a black man living in 1950s LA. The show doesn’t back away from discussing the topic anymore than it backed away  from showing the general mistreatment of women during that time ,and amazingly, none of this makes the show less fun or gets in the way of the plot, which I barely paid attention to, anyway.

The show looks gorgeous and I’m always up for a bit of eye-candy. I may have to change my mind about this show, even though I haven’t seen any WoC, at all yet.  I am well aware I shouldn’t punish a show just because some of  its fans were  assholes to black women fans, but my interaction with them was souring the show for me and it still sort of does. Its nice to know that the writers and cast were listening and hope they keep up the work they started. I don’t want to give the show a cookie for doing what it ought to have done in the first place, (and still isn’t getting entirely correct) but I do want to encourage the show to keep going in same direction, and perhaps, with time it will become less timid about depicting people of color.

I’m not sure if I’ll keep watching the show, but it  actually tried to improve over last season, although the trailers are designed to make you hate the show without ever looking at it. The show is still as action packed as when Peggy lived in NY, so people who are already fans, won’t be too discombobulated by its new setting.


Second Chance: 

Aah, yeah. This show came on TV last week and I didn’t even notice. That’s how compelling the premise of this show is. So if you don’t know what the Hell I’m   talking about, it’s okay. I do remember I was initially excited about it when it was called The Frankenstein Code, but when they changed the name and made a new trailer, I completely lost interest.

The show isn’t bad, but Lord! it’s not good. It’s a completely middle of the road, bland, mediocre detective/cop show , with unlikeable characters. I mean the good guys, or gray or whatever they are. There is nothing extraordinary or compelling about this show and with the glut of genre programming on the air right now, shows really need to stand out, in a big way, to stay on the air.

The show doesn’t have enough humor, or possibly any humor. The actors are all completely earnest about being in a drama, although strangely, I liked some of the supporting female characters, who were acting like they were in another, more exciting show. Maybe the show should have been about them. The guy playing the lead character, named Pritchard is not a very good actor. He’s not awful, but he’s no Daniel Craig, who only has two or three facial expressions too, but works well with what he has.

When I’m done watching this episode , I expect to forget that the show is on the air again.


The Expanse:

I don’t even know what to say about this show. I just got bored and decided my time would be better off sleeping. There’s so much stuff on TV right now, that one cannot possibly watch all of it, so if one more person rec’s something for me to watch, they are going to get a strongly worded comment from me.  People also keep telling me to  record things, but my DVR is already cluttered with shit I ain’t looking at and  I decided not to clutter it up with  more.


DCs Legends of Tomorrow:

Well, the acting is a bit juvenile, but the show moves really fast. There’s a lot of plot in the 45 minutes we get. All of the principle characters, and their primary objective, is introduced in the first ten minutes. One of the biggest problems I have with watching CW shows is the sameness of the characters from show to show, the level is writing is sometimes too high school, and the schmacting, where pretty, young people stare intently into one another’s eyes, while earnestly emoting their lines. Most of the time, while watching these shows, I wonder when the characters will stop talking.

The action scenes and special effects are cool, even though there’s still no way to make flying people look convincing. The fight scenes are well choreographed but unremarkable and meaningless. I know those aren’t the focus of the show, as with Into the Badlands, but I can’t help comparing. On the other hand, the characters are really, really pretty, and it’s just the pilot, so there’s room for improvement. It’s also really nice to see the glorious Prison Break brothers back on TV and being snarky, although the show could definitely use some better, sharper humor.

At one point, some of the team members visit a biker bar during the 70s, and a fight breaks out, as is the law regarding such things. I liked Hawkgirl, though. She has an interesting face, with lots of character.

Its also nice to see that the creators remembered that people of color exist (although, once again not Asians, who are enirely mythical, like unicorns, I guess) and that most of us like to have adventures and superpowers, too. I don know if I’ll love the show, but it was a nice first date and I’ll try it again next week.


Next week:

I’ll let you know what I think about the new X-Files, and you’ll have to bear with me because my review will probably be wrapped in a veil of nostalgia, and its rare that a show that’s been canceled for years, gets a renewal. Also, I’ll review another episode of The Magicians, maybe. I’d like to see where the show is going and how close it hews to the books. I’ll continue my reviews of the first season of Hannibal and one  of these days I’m going to get around to reviewing The Hateful Eight and Ash Vs. The Evil Dead.

Remember to LIKE the ones you like!


Syfy Channel’s The Expanse

I normally would have prefaced this with Geeking Out About, but I haven’t actually decided if I’m geeking out about it. I consider myself a middling scifi fan.  I arrived at Scifi fandom via the usual vectors of Star Trek and Star Wars, but I pretty much just wandered around in the genre, discovering things on my own.  Armed with curiousity  and a taste for new stuff,  I sort of stumbled onto things like Dune and Isaac Asimov, without a plan.

As a matter of full disclosure, I haven’t read the James Corey books on which this new series is based, either. Corey’s series, Leviathan Wakes, Caliban’s War,  Abaddon’s Gate, and several more, is the Syfy channels newest attempt to get back to showing some serious science fiction. The producers are Daniel Abraham, whose books I’ve  enjoyed, and Ty Franck. Since I haven’t read any books in the series, I have no idea how close the show hews to the books.



It stars one of my favorite actors, Thomas Jane, as a detective named Miller, and looks a lot less cheesy than some of the other scifi shows that were introduced last season. It has a very diverse cast, which includes Chad Coleman from The Walking Dead. (I’m glad to see that actor again. I loved Tyrese.)

I believe the season  airs on December 14th, but the pilot episode is available for viewing here:


… after which the show airs on Tuesday nights. The first episode is titled Dulcinea.

The show takes place on the ice trawler called The Canterbury and the space station called Ceres.  For more back story on  some of the wordbuilding, go here:




The show starts mysteriously enough with a beautifully shot scene of a young woman (Juliet) escaping from a no-gravity vault, of some kind, to find the ship empty of crew. Okay, I’ve watched this image several times but I’m still not certain of what I’m looking at. It looks like the last member of her crew being eaten by some sort of blue energy source. She screams at it, so I take it that, whatever this is, is not good.

Like I said, I’m a middling scifi fan, and not always capable of interpreting some of the scifi imagery I see in shows, especially if it’s a brand new ‘verse. (I understand a surprising amount of real life physics from reading actual science books, but this is fiction, so it’s harder to know what information the creators are attempting to convey.) One of the reasons why the average viewer may shy away from such shows, is that these shows often assume a level of knowledge about science fiction tropes, that the viewer is completely unfamiliar with. All I can do is relate these images to other images I’ve seen in other movies, like the  main energy chamber, from Galaxy Quest, only not as well lit.

Next, we get a kind of tour of Ceres station and a “time for the revolution” voiceover from one of  the Belters. Belters are workers in the outer edges of the solar system’s asteroid belt. Their job is to send resources like oxygen and water back to Earth and Mars, which are in a tense political standoff with each other. The Belters are in the precarious position of wanting more from life and making demands, although I don’t see how their revolution will work, if they don’t control their own air, or water.


Miller is called to investigate the disappearance of the young woman we saw at the beginning of the episode, the wayward daughter of some business magnate from Luna.

We also get a brief tour of the ice trawler,  Canterbury, where the workers talk like extras from the movie Alien, and work in such unsafe conditions, that one of them loses an arm, when he’s struck with a block of ice. Unfortunately, we also get one of those unsexy sex scenes, with the second officer, Holden,  that television likes to throw onscreen, too. I think this counts as character development because Holden is not supposed to be boinking the ship’s navigator.

It’s also interesting to note that the people in all these environments, including the professionals, regularly use drugs, sometimes in plain sight and Holden’s XO is bombed out of his skull and locked in his chambers with a projectile weapon. So, yeah.

The Canterbury receives a distress signal from a freighter, too far into the belt to be a good thing, and decide not to investigate. Okay, I saw this movie, and only one person survives, the alien attack, but Holden, the second officer makes a secret decision to go anyway. By logging that the call was received, they now have no choice but to check it out, and will probably be threatened with “forfeiture of shares” if they don’t.



This is a gorgeous show but also incredibly dark. It’s a wonder that people can see the controls to run the ship.

We visit Earth and Luna, where we meet Agadashloo’s character and get some NY skyline-Fu. She engages in some torture porn of a Belter, who was captured with illegal weapons, so she may not be a good guy. This is political stuff that hasn’t been connected to anything else in the show yet.

And Miller is not liked by anyone. The Belters hate him because even though he was born in the belt like the rest of them, he’s a cop. Some of it is just people hating law enforcement of any kind and part of it is that he is an asshole, with issues about his past. Even his former ex hates him, but that’s probably understandable, too. He’s your typical noir, mystery novel, anti-hero, beset by the weaknesses of his character, with  hat and a truly awful hairdo.

No, seriously! It’s hideous.

On the plus side, he is shown to have a soft spot for children, when he’s willing to threaten the life of Julian Riching’s character, for endangering the lives of children, by not keeping the air filters clean.

An investigation of the distressed freighter, by a shuttle from the Canterbury, finds no bodies but a mystery that someone was on board to turn everything off and plant a distress beacon. They have to evacuate quickly when another, larger, ship arrives in response to the distress call. The trawler is destroyed when the new ship fires on it. All that’s left is the handful of crew who survive on the ship’s shuttle.

Now Holden is energized to find out who killed his ship and crew and why.


This episode was pretty typical of most shows, with introductions to the characters and situations that we’ll be dealing with for the duration. It’s been described as Game of Thrones in space. I’m not a Game of Thrones fan. I do hope there’s less nudity/rape in this, though. I’m also not a fan of political plot lines, except when I am. (I’m one of only five people who will admit to being deeply interested in the political plotting of The Phantom Menace.)

I’m not geeking out about it. I probably never will, but I will watch next week’s episode, and depending on what happens, and how busy I am, I may or may not review it. This is one of the shows I was looking forward to this Fall and I hope it holds my interest, and an audience, as that will encourage the Syfy channel to keep making good shows and not revert to those damn “Monster Shark” movies, ever again.

The show is gorgeous though (think the movie, Gravity), and now that the introductory stuff is out of the way, we  can get to the meat of the plot. I’m  not particularly interested in the revolution stuff. I am interested in the actual mystery of the missing girl and who destroyed The Canterbury.

Next week, Holden and Miller finally meet, we find out what Agadashloo’s character is really up to, how she’s related to the missing girl, and who Miller will piss off next.


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