Will I Live to See My Utopia? — P. Djèlí Clark

Inspired by the TV show Watchmen.   You can read it over at Uncanny.

An interesting and thought provoking essay by one of my favourite writers.   Djèlí is a historian by day and he provides lots of links for you to learn things with.

And for those of you who haven’t watched Watchmen yet, then seriously get the fuck out from under that rock you’ve been living under and turn the computer on and find it.   Seriously good TV.

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Mythic Quest — Season 2

Season 2 has finally appeared and the most important thing is that all the cast seemed to have survived intact from covid — which is obviously the best thing ever.

Basically, if you enjoyed Season 1, then you’ll love this as it’s pretty much more of the same continuing on from where we left off.   If you didn’t enjoy Season 1 then you need psychiatric help rather quickly.

Anyways, super duper, love this series and can’t wait for Season 3 which will be made whenever it gets made but is most probably going to get made at some point as soon as Rob has finished working on another show.


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Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet

Finally, something good to come out of apple: never thought i’d hear myself say that — or type it.   I suppose that humanity’s most despised, fruit embossed, utterly evil, greed-feeding corporation has to do something decent once in a while.

Yes folks, if you’re looking for a good sitcom to cheer you up then this might just be what you’re looking for.

It gave me a good few giggles anyway.

The season itself was officially 9 episodes but they went ahead and made a special 10th episode entitled “Quarantine”.   Yes folks, all our favourite characters from the series video-ing in from home to make up the whole episode — and it’s a super good fun thing to cheer us up in our miserable quarantined lifestyles that we’re all having to endure these days.   So make sure you find that 10th episode when you think you’ve watched the whole series.

It’s so good that the utterly evil, greed driven apple corporation renewed it for a second series before this was even released: so we have some more good giggles to look forward to sometime in the future.

And yes, before you ask, there is a Season 2.


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Homecoming — Season 1

Production by Esmail Corp and directed by Sam Esmail.   Sam is also executive producer of this and Briarpatch.   And if you’re still not with it, he’s also the guy who created Mr. Robot.   Oh, that Sam Esmail.   Yes, that Sam Esmail.

It’s all a bit strange to start: Heidi Bergman, now a waitress, is questioned by Thomas Carrasco, a Department of Defence auditor, as to her role in the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, about which she claims to have no knowledge.   We then switch back and forth in timelines with Heidi, years earlier, running Homecoming while in the present claiming to have no knowledge of doing so.

There’s some great acting all round in this, but especially from Shea Whigham who plays Thomas Carrasco, the downtrodden cog in the DoD machine, to absolute perfection.

It’s good.   So good i even watched season 2: review coming soon.


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The Blacklist — Season 7

The Blacklist usually has some great season endings but, sadly, this season had to end early.   Bummer.

So what we’ve learned this season is that Raymond is on his last legs, health wise, and tidying up his estate ready for the inevitable death.   One would have thought he’d already done that considering his line of work.

Raymond also discovers that Katarina, or whoever she really is, isn’t dead after all.

So now we have to watch yet another season to find out what is actually happening and who Raymond really is.

On a sad note, we have to say a final goodbye to Brian Dennehy, who left us in April.   Over 180 films and many tv shows besides — including The Blacklist of course.   Now that is one really superb innings.


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Dispatches from Elsewhere

Truly a television show with a difference.

I would definitely recommend it to those of us who enjoyed Mr Robot, especially the bits where you realise that everything you just watched is not what it seemed you were watching.   Yeah, another one of those weird, strangely odd endings.

Great cast, great acting, great filming, great location, just great.

I’m presuming that this will be only a single season, i hope it is, because, just like you, it’s special.

Now stop reading this and go and become an agent of divine nonchalance.

I am stan and i am you

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Better Call saul — Season 5

Season 5 certainly didn’t feel anything like as good as previous seasons, like everything became rather stale and a lot of what happens just seems pointless and stocking filling.   It’s all quite reminiscent of Breaking Bad’s two penultimate seasons, which also seemed quite superfluous to the overall story line.

Apparently, season 6 will be the last and one can’t help but think that season 5 has been completely used to set everyone and their story lines up for their finale.   At least, that’s what i’m hoping, because i’d hate to think that season 6 is going to be more like this.

Ho hum, we shall have to keep our collective fingers crossed and wait and see next year.


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Briarpatch — Season 1

After Mr. Robot ended i went in search of more Sam Esmail stuff and found this.

If i was to compare it to anything of recent times then it would have to be Perpetual Grace Ltd..   If you enjoyed PGL then you’ll most probably enjoy this also: both quirky and oddball and both super good.

It’s being reported that this will be the only ever season, and to be honest, it doesn’t need any more and i don’t want any more.   It’s just perfect as it is, ending as it does.   It isn’t broken at one season long so please don’t try and fix it with a second season.

Some day, all tv will be made this way.   Afterall, what the fuck is wrong with just having single season wonders?   Why do we always have to have tv shows go on and on and on, with writers, producers and directors just filling in hours upon hours with tedious shit simply to get some money from tv stations?

Yes folks, i certainly like this one season format.   This is great television, great writing, great acting, great all round everything.

Pay attention and enjoy, you can binge watch the whole thing in a day.


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Picard — Season 1

Nearly 19 years after the last Voyager episode we finally get a new series worthy for fans of the franchise.

After years of the Star Trek franchise turning out crap like Enterprise and Discovery, dragging up old history and doing it to death, Picard has been such a breath of fresh air.   After all this time we finally move into the future, and what a future we have to look forward to.

Season 1 has been great with Picard running around piecing together a ragtag crew and a ship to deal with a nasty Romulan cult, while also managing to find plenty of time to visit Will and Deanna along the way — which was ever so nice.

And we end the season with the ship and the crew all ready to fly off to a new adventure in season 2 without any Star Fleet control.   The question is, what kind of independent Jean Luc are we going to get without the shackles of Star Fleet around his neck?   Exciting times await …

… Engage!


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