The heat of summer hasn’t slowed the few programs down at all. Legion reminds us how strong he is as he goes to war. Supergrandad continues his war against Zod as the God/Zod puns continue. Sherlock Holmes faces, or possibly works with, a god. The Swamp Thing is anatomically correct. The SHIELD Agents revisit their past.
Summer continues to stretch on, hopefully allowing you plenty of time to enjoy the small tidbits of genre television we are getting. Legion continues to try to cause some paradoxes, while Supergrandad fights the paradox he’s been trapped in all season. Elementary further explores the Joan/Sarek connection. Swamp Thing reveals his heroism. At S.H.I.E.L.D., their victory party winds down when they realize they still have a lot to clean up.
I wouldn’t call it a dull week, but the studios certainly think we have better things to do than watch television. I don’t of course, so I am still digging through Stranger Things. We’ll take a break for the crazy of Legion, and to watch the hostage negotiation on Krypton. Sherlock and Joan revisit their past crimes solved, and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finish their two-parter. (The other shows aren’t giving me a synopsis, so they don’t get mentioned.)
“This is a bit taboo, but I loved your book.”
Season Three continues with a remarkable cast and strong production values, but I fear I hear the distant sound of a boat engine revving, with the driver and a leather-jacketed skier eyeing a certain jump.
We get an extra day off this week in the United States to fire off Chinese inventions to celebrate Brexit 1776, the breakup with the country that is typically its closest ally. We’ll need that extra time as Stranger Things season 3 drops. Legion continues giving us his brand of artful crazy, Young Justice returns, the Handmaid still has a tail, Supergrandpa returns to his Zod controlled home on Krypton, Sherlock and Joan investigate the criminals’ criminal, Swamp Thing learns to talk, and the SHIELD Agents get their own Gah Lak Tus.
But serious, who cares, Stranger Things is back!
Actually, it’s June on the line.
The Handmaid’s Tale reminds us that some people should never be trusted.
If we can look up from that new game on our phones long enough for TV, we get Legion back for the last season. Elsewhere, Handmaid and Swamp Thing don’t give us descriptions, again, while Sherlock and Joan work with a tech billionaire to start pre-crime. The SHIELD Agents are are continuing their trip home.
Commander Lawrence offers June a Sophian Choice, June uses her position to subvert Gilead, Emily reunites with her family, Luke and Moira have Nichole baptized, and Aunt Lydia grows increasingly unhinged.
Is Aunt Lydia crying because she feels shame that she lost control? Or because she knows she will lose what power she has? The elite and privileged classes of a society might accept the brutality and injustice that benefit them– but God help the person who forces them to see these things.
After a slow lead up to Father’s Day, the next weeks leads us back down just as slowly. The Handmaid’s Tale gives us a description almost as detailed as Swamp Thing, Krypton gives us Lobo. Elementary gives us Odin, but not that Odin. SHIELD focuses on the reunion of Fitz and Simmons. Next week, Legion joins Jessica Jones in giving us a third and final season.
The Hand-Maid’s Tale begins a very different third season, as June finds her place in Lawrence’s household and with the growing rebellion.
The scenes in Toronto’s “Little America” and the news from Chicago remind us that Gilead occupies only one part of a politically-fragmented, disaster-ravaged North America.