The first season of Krypton ended this week with so many twists and turns that no matter what you were expecting, something caught you by surprise. Without being too spoilery (yet) I’ll also say the finale left a loose thread or two for next season (if you haven’t heard, the show was renewed.)
Okay, hope is a four letter word in general but you know what I mean. On the penultimate episode of this season of Krypton there is still some hope of stopping Brainiac. But of course the resistance disagrees on how to do it. Plus the Zod family drama intensifies and we see the Cape again.
And by Strange I mean Adam Strange. We learn a little more about the Earthman determined to be the hero of this story. Plus Black Zero’s leader, Zod family drama, a surprise appearance (or two), and an awkward skimmer ride make this week’s episode of Krypton a “Savage Night.”
In case you’ve forgotten, Blindspot is that show about an amnesiac tattooed woman who works with a team of federal agents (yes, it’s still on the air). This week’s episode had a special guest star who made an explicit connection to a famous Stargate character.
On this week’s episode of Krypton “Transformation” we see the fallout from last week’s events and a look at two very different parents and their relationships with their children. Plus Adam Strange does stuff and an update on The Cape.
While the first episode of the new season focused on introducing new characters, the next two were bringing us up to speed on what was happening with the survivors of last season. One question jumps out at me (and probably most viewers) about a character. Oh, and something shocking happened.
At the end of last week’s episode of Krypton a character revealed their real identity. This week the implications of that reveal started to play out with potentially long term consequences. And someone else’s reveal will change things as well.
Season 3 of Fear the Walking Dead ended in a way that gave the new showrunners plenty of room to make changes. The Season 4 premiere wastes no time showing some of those changes by introducing us to some new characters in a new location.
I watched the original Lost in Space as reruns back in the 1970s but it never rose to must-watch status for me the way the original Star Trek did. The campiness of the third season didn’t appeal to me the way it did for a lot of others. So I wasn’t bothered by the idea of a more serious reboot.
Syfy’s one-two space opera punch of The Expanse and Krypton makes it easier for someone like me to keep watching due to being too lazy to change channels. Of course Krypton suffers in comparison to The Expanse in pretty much every way but I’m not as negative on the show as the A.V. Club.
While Nightwing is generally associated with Dick Grayson, his alter ego’s name was actually inspired by a Kryptonian hero. I could see Krypton having Seg-El don a costume and be the hero Kandor needs. I also have an idea about a Kryptonian Nightwing turning up on Supergirl.
If you are already missing Black Mirror Netflix released a two minute mini-episode to tide you over. In that brief running time it manages to capture the elements of Black Mirror that keep bringing us back for more.
It may be faint praise to say the current season of Gotham is the best so far. But the Bruce Wayne one-step-forward-two-steps-back approach to becoming the costumed vigilante that Gotham City needs is still one of the weakest parts of the show. Fortunately several women have stepped up.
The Netflix Mind Trick worked on me and as soon as the Super Bowl was over I watched The Cloverfield Paradox. Despite the title and some other references it’s better to think of the movie as its own thing without connecting it to the Cloverfield universe.
Charlie Jane Anders has a new short story “The Minnesota Diet” posted over on Slate. As she puts it, she “wrote about a high-tech city that’s hit by severe food shortages. Because I really don’t think you can think about the future without thinking about hunger.”
If you have the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas then it was only a matter of time before stripper robots showed up. A pair of pole-dancing robots with surveillance cameras for heads are performing this week at the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club.
The current crew of the International Space Station got to watch The Last Jedi without the distraction of crying kids or floors sticky with spilled soda. Just another reason to become an astronaut if you needed one.
The CW announced that starting next month Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow will alternate airing in the 8 PM Monday time slot through June. I guess this is how the CW is making room for Black Lightning.
The first season of The Orville has aired. The show is far from perfect but it exceeded my modest expectations. At its best moments the show captures a very Star Trek vibe (or at least what a Star Trek vibe is to me). Here are some thoughts on this season and things I’d like to see next season.
There was no new episode last week but the show put out this video that distills the six aired episodes of The Orville down to just over eight minutes. By stripping out the humor and sticking to the major plot points (SPOILERS obviously) it plays as straight space opera and homage to Star Trek.