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.)
Stranger Things dropped its third season on the Fourth of July. We’ll review the first two episodes here, and return to discuss the entire show sometime next week, when you’ve all had a chance to watch.
It’s 1985, and the Cold War touches everything– even other dimensions.
One of the greatest graphic series of all time, Neil Gaiman’s game-changing Sandman, finally, reportedly will receive a live adaptation. It will appear, curiously, on Netflix, and not DC’s own streaming service, and they project it will be the most expensive show DC Entertainment has ever produced.
So will it finally happen? Will it work? And who would make your dream cast?
“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!
“…I, for one, am grateful a disembodied Chumbawamba has brought us all back together.”
While our Summer Reviews often dig quite far into the sands of time for cinematic treasure, the final weekend of June, 2019, brings us a recent, brilliant bit of media: The Doom Patrol, Season One.
Spider-man will swing in here at the start of next week. Tomorrow, we may even get a review of Yesterday. In the meantime, a crazed corner of the DC-verse awaits:
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.
Jessica Jones’s third season lacks the power of her earlier outings. They’ve reduced the budget, and the R-Rated content has been toned down, though not removed entirely.
Nevertheless, the cast remains strong, the humor, frequently sharp, the storytelling, intriguing, the villains worthwhile, and the themes, disturbingly relevant.
We reviewed the first two episodes here.
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.