Titans (DC Universe)

Titans

Titans (DC Universe) – Premieres 12th October – Renewed

Based on the DC comics, this is a scf-fi drama that revolves around the Titans group of superheroes of Robin, Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy.

After witnessing her mother being murdered, Rachel Roth manages to flee her home after superpowers emerge stopping the assailant getting her. As she  wanders the streets of Detroit, Rachel is lured into an alley way by someone offering to help her, and realising it’s a trap she assaults a police officer to get herself arrested.

While at the police station she meets Dick Grayson, who after a falling out with Batman and relocated and become a detective. Rachel who has seen Grayson in visions she’s had in dreams tries to convince him that she is in danger. But when Dick finally realises that she has been telling the truth finds out that she has been kidnapped while in custody.

At the same time, in Vienna Kory Anders wakes up from a car crash not knowing who she is. After finding out she was working with a gangster Kovar, she meets him only to find that there was a double cross as she was searching for a certain girl. Then before Kovar manages to shoot Kory she incinerates him with her superpowers.

Rachel in the meantime is being held captive by the person that killed her mother, and before she is attacked releases a dark version of herself that kills the man, before Dick arrives to take her to safety.

As superhero shows go this is one of the better ones, as it is easily more enjoyable and darker than the of DC based shows such as Arrow, Gotham & The Flash. And compared to the Marvel shows, only Daredevil & The Punisher have stronger opening eps. It’s well worth a watch.

6.1/10

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Insomnia (Starz)

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Insomnia (Starz) – Premieres 26th April

Set in Russia, this is a drama where 20 people have been kidnapped from around the world and have been put into an illegal game where they have to fight for their lives.

After being injected with a serum and having a camera and comm link injected in their eye and ear. The 20 find themselves in an arena where they are told that the last person to survive will receive $10 million, a new identity and the antidote for the drug they were injected with. The drug itself kills the person if they fall asleep during the event, where they have initial access to a gun with one bullet and a car.

While the deathmatch is going on through the streets of Moscow. The wife of a millionaire who died on a plane crash on his way to Russia, is made aware an invitation to a gathering he was going to attend. After making the decision to attend the event, she arrives at the soiree to find out it is private club running a book and watching the live stream of the survival event.

The show is like a budget version of Battle Royale. And while the premise should be interesting there’s not much about that grabs your attention. With the programme having the appearance of a pilot that was funded on Kickstarter along some shoddy dialogue, it’s all pretty forgettable.

2.9/10

Star Wars: Resistance (Disney XD)

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Star Wars: Resistance (Disney XD) – Premieres 7th October

Following from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, this is set in the period between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Where after being saved by Poe Dameron, young pilot Kazuda Xiono is recruited into the resistance and given a mission to go undercover to find out the plans the First Order have to attack the resistance.

Poe then takes Kaz to a refuelling platform on Castilon, where he gives him the cover as an aspiring pilot and trainee mechanic. Which Kaz  almost blows from the beginning. From then on Kaz bumbles about trying to spy and ends up having news spread that he’s the best pilot on the platform, leading to him ruining his low profile.

As Star Wars series go, this isn’t the most Star Wars feeling out of the three as it has a lack of anything Jedi going on. That said, like the previous series it’s an easy watch and if you enjoyed them then this is more of the same.

5.3/10

Magnum P.I. (CBS)

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Magnum P.I. (CBS) – Premieres 24th September

A reboot of the 80’s series, that follows Hawaiian based private investigator Thomas Magnum. Who between living in the grounds of famed author Robin Masters and constantly clashing with the estates caretaker Higgins, works on cases with the help of his old military friends Rick Wright, TC Calvin, and occasionally stepping on the toes of the local police.

Like the original, this is a procedural crime drama, where after getting a client, Magnum looks into the crime while utilising the plethora of expensive amenities Masters has at his home, as well as the help of his friends. As Rick has an endless list of contacts on the island, and TC gives Magnum reluctant access to his helicopter, all of which help him solve the case.

The show is pretty much what you’d expect if you ever seen an episode of the original version, though with this one there does seem to be a massive increase in explosions and the destruction of Ferraris. That said it’s an entertaining enough piece of trashy TV.

5.8/10

Battlefish (Netflix)

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Battlefish (Netflix) – Premieres 21st September

Similar to shows like Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove, this follows a few fishing crews based in Ilwaco washington as they make a living during the albacore tuna fishing season.

The show starts off with the crews waiting for the first sighting of the tuna to signal the start of the fishing season. Then follows them as they compete with each other as they try to find the best fishing spots, and shows the different techniques they use that optimise the usage of their vessels.

Along with the fishing, it shows the crews as they try to get into a rhythm as quickly as possible, and bitching about some of the other vessels that they believe aren’t doing things correctly. And finishing up with showing what progress the crews made during the episode.

For a commercial fishing reality show it does what you expect, and doesn’t have much that makes it standout for the other shows. Though if you like this type of show it’s worth a watch.

3.9/10

The Purge (USA)

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The Purge (USA) – Premieres 4th September

Based on the film of the same name, this follows three people as the 12 hour purge, a period where all crime is legal, begins.

The opening episode spends the nearly the entirety of the time setting up the story where it follows Miguel who is trying to find his sister, who has joined a cult where they sacrifice themselves during the Purge. Jane a businesswoman who is working in the office during the evening, who hires a hit woman. And Jenna and Rick, a couple invited to a purge party so they can try and get funding for their charitable cause, then find out the woman they had a threesome with in the the building.

While the opener is slow going, it does show some promise in an Under The Dome type way. Where it could end up being a delightful mess of the show. And while it doesn’t show much in the first 45 minutes it does enough to warrant checking the next episode.

5.8/10

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon)

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Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon) – Premieres 31st August – Renewed

Based on the Tom Clancy novels, this is follows CIA analyst Jack Ryan, who after discovering some suspect financial movement in the Middle East, realises that there could be an imminent threat to country. From there Ryan sets out to prove his theory that a new terrorist threat is working in the shadows to his new field office boss.

After his being told to collect more evidence before the CIA would act on the findings, Ryan goes behind his bosses back to force the potential terrorist account down. This starts a chain of events where Ryan is taken out to the field to help with hunt to capture the new threat. Along with the terrorist, now aware they are on the CIA radar, accelerating their plan to attack the US.

The opening episode is a solid start that gets the story up and running, along with throwing in a couple of decent action set pieces. Though while it isn’t as good as Condor, it is still enjoyable and worth a watch.

6.9/10