The Expanse leaves the airways and it also leaves a number of plot threads resolved, at least outside of the novels.*
Three months have passed since the end of season one, and Clark still can’t get a shave. Meanwhile, John Henry Irons tries to bond with his daughter, Lois is distant and irritable, Superman isn’t getting along with the DOD, and the drama amongst the world’s oldest fifteen-year-olds has been turned up to Riverdale2 (while their antics remain CW-PG).
The Eisner-award-winning, fan-lauded comic series finally came to its definitive conclusion and a complete, full-colour collection, clocking in a 800 or so pages, became available in October of last year. This year, Amazon will present the first season of its TV adaptation. We offer it as a special New Year’s review.
In 1988, a group of 12-year-old bike-riding paper carriers in a small-town-seeming suburb of Cleveland encounter an SF mystery that will send them careening through time and space.
Note: Paper Girls started publication a year before anyone heard of Stranger Things.
…for in such dangerous things as war, the errors which proceed from a spirit of benevolence are just the worst.
–Carl von Clausewitz, On War, Chapter One
(trans. J.J. Graham)
“Here we are, still trying to kill our way to a better tomorrow.”
–James Holden, “Redoubt.”
Earth and Mars take the war to Marco Inaros, Holden makes a controversial decision that stirs dissent among his crew, and Drummer issues a challenge.
We can only hope that 2022 takes a turn for the better. Meanwhile, SF and Fantasy is coming repeatedly to a screen near you. We have a list of some of the new shows and movies you might want to watch in the next twelve months:
(Subject to frequent updates as new series come to my attention. Did I miss any?)
We’re only getting to the Disney+ Marvel shows now, and we decided to start with the “Christmas one.” Short version: the acting and production are solid, the leads have great chemistry, the story keeps moving, and it features a killer holiday soundtrack.
If you want a more detailed review, read on. You will encounter some minor spoilers, though I’ve avoided the more serious ones.
The Expanse continues with it short sixth season, its brilliance uninterrupted.
Note: the next two episodes, “Force Projection” (December 24) and “Redoubt” (December 31) will be reviewed together on New Year’s Day.
Probably late on New Year’s Day.
In 2020, award-winning author Susanna Clarke published this slender but monumental novel about a man living in a vast labyrinth filled with many statues and a few dead bodies, and pervaded with mystery.
The most recent episodes of Discovery showed the season hitting a stride, with each having at least one solid plot.