Final Space (TBS)

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Final Space (TBS) – Premieres 26th February

Animated comedy sci-fi, where after getting arrested for impersonating a pilot in the Infinity Guard to impress a woman, Gary is nearing the end of his 5 years of space labour. Where the only company he had is with a deep space insanity avoidance companion Kevin, who he hates, the security bots and the ships AI HUE who treats him like a toddler.

While Gary is fixing a satellite a small alien creature collides into him where after naming it Mooncake, brings it back onboard the ship. Unbeknown to Gary, Mooncake is a planet destroying weapon that the the evil Lord Commander trying to catch. And after escaping an attack from some bounty hunters, where they manage to capture one, a catlike creature called Avocato who reveals who Mooncake is and the danger it puts them in.

The first ep is a solid opener, and for what it is, is an enjoyable watch.

5.7/10

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Stargate Origins (Stargate Command)

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Stargate Origins (Stargate Command) – Premieres 15th February

A revival series that is set in the 1930s about the initial discovery of the Stargate, where after spending 10 years in researching the discovery Catherine Langford has decided to leave her fathers research.

After dropping the bombshell the situation is escalated with the arrival of Dr Brücke and his Nazi cohorts, who open the Stargate and take Catherines father over to the other side.

With the show being web based 10 minute episodes it shares some similarities with Street Fighter Resurrection & Mortal Kombat series, as each episode only covers the briefest of plot points meaning you can’t really get into it. That said this does have far better production values than the aforementioned.

3.3/10

Altered Carbon (Netflix)

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Altered Carbon (Netflix) – Premieres 2nd February 

Sci-fi thriller where after being killed in his pursuit of stopping people to able to transplant their memories into new bodies, called sleeves, thus living for ever. Takeshi Kovacs is ironically brought back 250 years after he was stopped.

After vaguely coming to terms that he is in a body that’s not his own, Takeshi is taken to meet Laurens Bancroft, the man who paid for him to be brought back. There he finds out that Bancroft needs his services to find out who killed him a few days earlier. Where the scene was made to look like a suicide, but the perpetrators failed to stop the remote server downloading his memories into a new body. Meaning that Bancroft can remember everything up to the point of his last memory upload, but misses out remembering who killed him.

Bancroft gives Takeshi a day to think about the offer where either he accepts and gets his freedom, or refuses and is permanently deleted. Settling on the second option, Takeshi decides to spend his remaining time on getting wasted. Until an altercation in the hotel lobby he was signing into piques his interest in the case.

It’s a solid opening episode that goes along at a decent pace, and a plot that’s easy to keep with. Along the addition of the John Wick style hotel scene and it’s a decent watch.

7.2/10

Black Lightning (The CW)

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Black Lightning (The CW) – Premieres 16th January

After retiring from the superhero lifestyle and spending the last 9 years focusing on fathering his daughters and his job as principal of the local school, Jefferson Pierce it roped back into becoming Black Lightning again after the local gang, The 100, force his hand.

The show kicks off with Jefferson having to take a detour from traveling to an award ceremony in his honour with his youngest daughter Jennifer, to pick up his eldest daughter Anissa, who is being held in the local police station after she was arrested at a protest.

After getting to the ceremony, Jennifer sneaks of to a nightclub with her friend where she hooks up with a fella. She then finds out that he is a low level dealer for the 100 associate LaLa, and he owes him a fair amount of cash. When Jefferson finds out about this he gets to the club and unleashes some lightning based fury to rescue her.

The next day the lad that tried to hook up with Jennifer rocks up to the school and pulls a gun, breaking the agreement the gangs had to keep the school off limits. This leads Jefferson to confront LaLa to keep his men in line, though the message doesn’t go through clearly and the lad kidnaps both Anissa and Jennifer.

After meeting with his old associate Gambi, he finds out that he has updated the Black Lightning outfit, and Jefferson dons it to free his daughters from their captive. While Jefferson is adamant that that is the last time he will use his powers, the news of Black Lightning returning gets back to the leader of the 100, who was under the impression that he killed him nine years ago, and is intent to make sure that he won’t been a threat to him in the future.

For a DC show the set up isn’t a baddy of the week deal, but more in line with the structure of the Netflix Marvel shows like Luke Cage. It’s a solid opening episode.

5.9/10

Counterpart (Starz)

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Counterpart (Starz) – Premieres 21st January – Renewed

A sci-fi thriller where after working in a lowly role for a UN agency for 29 years, Howard Silk is called into a clandestine meeting when a defector from the other side requests him to attend.

Howard then discovers the defector an alternate version of himself, and the other side they have been gathering information on is a parallel dimension. in the meeting the defector Howard reveals that an agent has been sent over to with a kill list, and he needs to assume the other Howards identity as cover to stop them.

For a plot that could have been confusing to follow, it’s easy to get to grips with, while never getting in the way of the story. For an opening episode it’s probably the best one since Mr Robot.

8.1/10

Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu)

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Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu) – Premieres 21st November – Renewed

Another Marvel TV series where this one follows six teenagers (Alex, Nico, Karolina, Gert, Chase & Molly),  who having been lifelong friends due to their parent knowing each other have grown apart after the death of one of their group.

As their parents get ready for their charity get together Alex decides to try and get everyone back together for the evening. The others initially decide not to go, but after a sequence of events the group all end up at the house.

As the get together stumbles along, Chase decides to go on a booze run in Alexs dads office. After the group rummage around they discover a secret entrance leading to an underground cavern where they find their parent performing some occult like business.

As an opening ep it’s as slow going as Inhumans, though does have enough about it to make it worthy of checking out the next episode.

5.1/10

Future Man (Hulu)

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Future Man (Hulu) – Premieres 14th November – Renewed

A sci-fi comedy that follows Josh, a janitor for a medical research company who is addicted to playing the The Biotic Wars, a video game set in the future where a mutated race rules the Earth and one that no one has ever completed.

After a day at the lab where he befriends the owner Dr Kronish and finds out why he started a lab focusing on researching herpes, Josh continues playing the game where he’s at the final stage. Deciding that he needs a new approach to tackle the level he always dies on, he switches his tactics and manages to complete the game.

This leads to two characters in the game appearing in his room who reveal that the’ve come from the future, where the plot from the game is actually real, and that they sent the game back in time to find the one player who can complete it. Becoming their saviour to win the war.

As comedies go it nicely juvenile in places and is an easy watch.

5.8/10