WB/MGM library titles make up the bulk of the interesting releases this week.
The invasion heralded last week begins with weaker writing than we’ve seen this season, but a review will wait until we’ve learned where it’s going to go. In the meantime, here’s the place to discuss “The Pyramid at the End of the World,” the monks, deals with the devil, and a certain curiously understaffed laboratory.
In case you missed it, 12 Monkeys returned last weekend, still crazy after all these years.
They released the entire season this time around; my busy schedule means I’ll be watching and reviewing it in weekly installments, sometimes combining episodes of the arc-heavy series.
Supergirl, “Nevertheless, She Persisted:” Through alien invasion, a temporarily mind-controlled super-cousin, an anti-alien weapons, the departure of her gratuitous super-boyfriend, and a teaser for next year’s big bad.
The Flash, “Finish Line:” Much drama ensues, Iris steps up, and Barry uses a technique against Savitar that he literally could have tried several episodes ago. Then we get a depressing teaser for next season, because CW still thinks we want a dark, mopey Flash.
Arrow, “Lian Yu:” Barry comes full circle, and past characters return.
Got some new stuff to show off/discuss:
- Cars 3
- Despicable Me 3
- Game of Thrones, Season 7
- The Mummy (2017)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Transformers: The Last Knight
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
- War for the Planet of the Apes
The latest episode of the X-Files Retrospective podcast, covering Elegy (4×22), is now available here for your listening pleasure. Intro and outro music attribution is below. You can also follow the show from its own feed (RSS, iTunes, Stitcher) or through the Bureau 42 Master Audio Feed (RSS, iTunes, Stitcher).
“One of my rules was that I would not put any events into the book that had not already happened in what James Joyce called the ‘nightmare of history,’ nor any technology not already available. No imaginary gizmos, no imaginary laws, no imaginary atrocities. God is in the details, they say. So is the Devil.”
This week’s episode features a blend of events from the novel with original material. Offred re-encounters the former “Ofglen,” recalls her courtship with Luke, and takes desperate measures to become pregnant.
Reviews will return with next week’s episode.
“Doctor, here’s a tip: When I’m on a date, when that rare and special thing happens in my real life, do not, do not under any circumstances put the pope in my bedroom!”
The episode begins as Doctor Who meets Umberto Eco/Dan Brown and H.P. Lovecraft/Robert W. Chambers, and for all the talk of mass suicides and death, it’s surprisingly hilarious.
The second half takes a dark turn based on some familiar SF tropes.
We also learn who is in the vault and why the Doctor took his vow.
May 22, 2017
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America awarded the Nebula Awards in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend. Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky (Tor; Titan) took Best Novel (we’ll be reviewing that one shortly– we’re a bit behind), while Arrival received the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation. The other awards are listed below: