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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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

Maniac (Netflix)

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Maniac (Netflix) – Premieres 21st September

A dark comedy based on a Norweigan programme of the same name, has Owen Milgrim, who suffers from hallucinations of a man that looks like his brother called Grimsson, and Annie Landsberg, a woman scraping to get by while having a drug dependancy.

After being told that he is on a mission from his Grimsson, Owen ends up losing his job, and after rejecting an offer to join the family business, signs up to a pharmaceutical trial of an experimental drug.

While there he sees Annie, where he is told by his Grimsson that she is the an agent that will be working with to help change the world. And after reciting the phrase Grimsson told him, a perplexed Annie confirms her association before the trials begin.

For an opening episode it’s an intriguing watch, as the story goes along at a decent pace without revealing much. Along with having a Terry Gilliam-esque feel to it all and having some amusing parts in it, it’s worth checking out.

6.4/10

The First (Hulu)

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The First (Hulu) – Premieres 14th September

Set in 2030, this is a drama that’s set during the time where the first manned flight to Mars is about to launch. In the programme it follows Captain Tom Hagerty, who was removed from the crew manning the flight, and the mission director Laz Ingram as problems with the shuttle and mission arise.

During the episode, after watching the launch Hagerty becomes involved with helping resolving the upcoming problems, much to Ingrams disapproval. While at the same time Ingram has to face the press and and work on what went wrong and why.

For an opener this one is particularly slow paced, and with a drama about the first manned mission to Mars, it’s more centred on the personal relationships and leaves the sci-fi element very much in the background. All together it ends up being a very slow paced watch, and one that doesn’t give anything away anything that could hook your interest.

5.9/10

The Innocents (Netflix)

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The Innocents (Netflix) – Premieres 24th August – Renewed

A sci-fi drama where after growing tired of her controlling father, who has gotten worse since her mother disappeared. June plots to run away with her boyfriend Harry, who is also desperate to get away from his own home life.

The pair find themselves under a looming deadline, as Junes father is planning to move the family off to a remove Scottish island. Where it slowly reveals that they are under surveillance from a mysterious group.

June unaware of this, makes her escape with Harry the night before the move, and as they flee run into someone in distress. While helping them out, they discover it was a ruse to kidnap June, with the would be captors saying that they are with her mother and are trying to help.

After managing to escape, by possibly leaving one of the kidnappers dead on the side of the road. June ends up revisiting the scene, and ends up discovering that she has the ability of shape shifting into the person she touches.

For an opening episode, this one goes along at a sluggish pace where the only thing of note happens in the last 5 minutes. Altogether it never does anything during the first episode that hooks your interest, making all very forgettable.

3.1/10

In Search Of (History)

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In Search Of (History) – Premieres 20th July

Based on the Leonard Nimoy fronted 70’s show of the same name. This has Zachary Quinto taking over the hosting duties, where in each episode he looks into left field subject matter ranging from UFOs to time travel.

During the programme Quinto looks into a couple of aspects within the episodes subject, where along with talking to experts to witnesses, takes part in and observes experiments and tests.

By the end of the show Zachary looks back at what he’s learned, and puts together whether he is a believer or not. And which parts of what he has seen has had the most effect on him.

The show itself is a pretty lightweight affair, where the things that are looked into don’t go into too much depth. And the vagueness of what is shown ends up making it a bit of a grind in places, though it does have enough going on to make it something you’d watch if nowt was on.

4.4/10

Strange Angel (CBS)

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Strange Angel (CBS) – Premieres 14th June

Drama based on the life of rocket engineer Jack Parson, where as he and his research partner Richard Onsted are trying to get a research grant to fund their rocket development.

After talking the professor of the Aeronautical Lab around to their idea that rocket development is a worthy area to study, and can in fact be researched to scientific standards. The pair the begin their work to find out how how to generate the thrust required and start tackling the problems of finding a consistent fuel source.

At the same time Jack begins to meet up with his new neighbour Ernest, who in between drunken evening shenanigans, acts suspiciously enough for Jack to following him one night. This leads to Jack watching an occult ritual that Ernest was taking part in, but manages end up getting spotted. Where after Ernest starts leaving occult paraphernalia about to try and recruit him.

For an opening episode, there’s nothing that happens during it that really grabs your attention. But while it’s something that you could have on in the background, the way it plods along makes it a bland bit of viewing.

4.2/10