A few times,I told you about the shows I watched. And it was fun, so I am going to do it again! This was another pretty good batch, especially since I quit two of the ones I wasn’t feeling (see below). The others, I quite liked, even if the gods of streaming smote me once (or several times) more.
So, a list of the shows I’ve been watching since whenever the hell the last post posted was! I will also say, I DNFed two shows, Daybreak and Reality Z. Tried two episodes of both, and…. meh.
I’ve also watched/am watching some of the latest seasons of shows I’d talked about before! Shows like…
►Snowpiercer Season 2
►The Expanse Season 5
►The Challenge Double Agents (Season 36)
►Fear the Walking Dead Season 6
And the best news is, none of them have been letdowns! Anyway, onto the new shows!
Renewal Status Unknown
True story, I hated this show for the first couple episodes. Like I was mostly watching it to make fun of the dystopian clichés? But then somewhere along the line… I actually started to like it! It combines a political hellscape with a raging pandemic (sounds familiar, yeah?) and while it definitely starts off shaky, it really drew me in with a family-centric storyline that I couldn’t help but care about.
These guys, and a few others.
Oh and also, this society is awful, but realistic. It’s Spain, if Spain were the actual worst and took crappy people lessons from the US. No seriously, a main premise is basically all the rich people thinking they’re somehow inherently better than the poorer folks, creating impossible class divides, and then making the entire lives of the poor people amount to serving the rich people. But guess what doesn’t discriminate? That’s right,
COVID-19 the Plague! Good times, could we renew it please and thank you?
Cancelled; Netflix Rude
I hate Netflix sometimes. It made me rage so many times before. It cancels everything. Fall in love with The Society? Axed. Thought Away was awesome? Of course it’s gone. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Like they canceled it so quickly, I wonder why they even bothered making the damn thing? It’s a story about Hilary Swank taking a quick trip to Mars. (No not really, it’s a life or death trip, one that will take literal years, and probably kill some or all of them.) Of course, she leaves her husband and teenaged daughter back on Earth, her husband ends up paralyzed, the whole thing is dicey. Oh and there is some kind of maybe-romance blooming with Decidedly Not Her Husband:
Husband shmusband, I shipped the hell out of it. It’s fine, I shipped the husband with someone else too 🤷♀️
We end at a point where some questions are answered, but so many more are left for us. I am so sad that we won’t be able to complete the journey with the beyond amazing cast, who truly grow to be a family. Equally lamentable is that we won’t be able to explore Mars with the crew. I have no idea if they’ve considered trying to rehome it (please do) but the producer does speak about what she’d hoped for going forward.
Renewal Status Unknown (Rumors of renewal and anticipated filming dates are swirling, though)
I had no idea until I started this post that the show was based on a book. It looks quite interesting, and since the show definitely is, I shall need to give it a try! (Sadly though, it seems to be hard to find.) Anyway, this is depressing and awful and totally riveting!
Legit the one and only time anyone has ever smiled. In like all of Russia, not even just this show. (I jest.)
It’s basically about a plague (lots of plague shows, yeah?) sweeping Russia (and maybe everywhere else, but we only know what’s going on in Russia) and the main guy needs to grab his families (yes, plural) and get the hell out of dodge. Because not only is sickness abound, but obviously people are acting a fool, as people do in pandemics. Of course, as you can imagine, these families bring drama. And they end up with some neighbors joining the band, plus a few randos they acquire, and most of the season is a journey to the, you guessed it, lake. It’s super isolated and one hundred percent creepy, and everything about this show is gloriously dark and messy. The main guy is kind of an ass, but the show is really good.
Everything looks fine.
Renewed for Season 2
Greg told me that Away (see above) sounded a lot like this show. And wow. It really does! I do wonder if that could be why Away was canceled? Because they already did one of these? Like- the whole premise is about an astronaut woman who…. leaves her husband and daughter to seek life on another planet. You’re not having a stroke, I did just write that two posts up. But, I will say, that is pretty much where the similarities end. On this show, they’re searching outside our solar system for some kind of weirdass musical aliens or… something.
Plot in a GIF, frankly.
For me, Niko was not as likeable as Emma from Away. Her family… I don’t think she ever liked her husband? Which is totally fine, can relate, but then suddenly she’ll seem wholly devoted for like, all of three seconds? It was weird. The daughter is younger, which you kind of feel bad about. Speaking of younger, the whole “crew” of this ship is approximately the median age of 20. I don’t understand. At all. I mean okay, you’re not going to sign up a bunch of octogenarians for the mission, but this is equally absurd. No one has a clue what they are doing, save Niko, who no one wants to listen to because they are literally petulant children.
Guys, Mom said stop.
ALIE William, the AI, is in love with Niko. I also shipped that. Oh, and while I found the young characters to be an absurd science choice, I did really like their characters themselves, so.
Canceled after Season 1
Guess who else is headed to Mars? Sean Penn! (Idk guys I was on a real space kick this year.) Sean Penn watched the team of astronauts he’d been training blow up on takeoff for the first Mars mission. Whoopsie! Look, I don’t know about you, but I would not be itching to get on the ship for the next round, but Sean Penn gotta do Sean Penn I guess.
I mean, but only cause those other guys blew up, so.
He too has a daughter (seriously, is this some kind of trope?) who he is worried about leaving behind. She’s got a drug problem, and his wife is dead, and it’s messy. Frankly, I was a bit more invested in the life of his fellow crewmen, since Sean’s story dragged on a bit for me. Like- I enjoyed that the story was mainly about the crew and their lives, and space was secondary, but I can also sort of see why audiences weren’t as thrilled? Anyway, it’s decent enough, and I do wish it had gotten a second season!
Canceled after 2 Seasons (But ends in a fairly satisfying way)
More Mars you ask? You betcha! Okay so this was part fictional show, part documentary. And at first, I was fine with it, the documentary part was interesting enough. But then the show part got really good and I just wanted Elon Musk to STFU, you know? We open the show with the crew almost at Mars, so that was different than the other Mars-y shows I have watched. After that… it’s spoilery, but we basically get to see how/if they live on Mars. Which is super cool.
These guys, mostly.
The first season was more scientific, while the second season was a perfect balance of character and plot. I kind of fell in love with it, and found it so thought provoking. It was very The 100 at times, when there was, quite literally, no good choice. And also, just imagine the day-to-day on Mars. It’s mundane but also a constant threat, which is wild.
Renewal Status Unknown
I decided to watch this because apparently a lot of people involved in 3% were involved in this. And you know I love me some 3%. Obviously, it too is Brazilian, and it’s set in the future, though a far closer one. In truth, much of it is very much like our current society, except the part where drones watch you all day every day. That is creepy, and I do not like it, so I figured this would be right up my ally.
Drones! Suits! That one girl! Brazil!
But it was mainly a mystery/thriller more than a sci-fi? Bangs Girl’s dad is murdered, which obviously doesn’t happen like, ever, because of the drones, only the drones didn’t seem to catch his assailant. Luckily, Bangs Girl just happens to work in the Dronatorium (I have no idea what it actually is called) where all the drone science happens. And because she is Very Smart and Important™ she has access to stuff. And people. And she’s going to figure this out! But it just didn’t wow me. Like, I didn’t hate it? And I did push through, but only because it was 6 episodes.
Renewed for Season 2
I live and breathe for this damn show. It came into my life not long after The 100 ended, and I needed it more than I can even put into words. I just wanted to need to watch something again, and along came The Wilds. At first, I thought it was just going to be girls stuck on an island, let’s cathartically discuss our high school drama, etc. But holy crap it is so much more than that!
It explores so many elements, and so many of them are spoilers that I can’t even say too much. But make no mistake, this show is about these incredibly badass women, and what they have been put through by our bullshit society. What they continue to be put through. And yes, there are secrets, and twists, and so much going on that I’d not be able to include it all in ten posts.
Each character will work her way into your heart, no question. You’ll think you have favorites at the start, but frankly, everyone is your favorite, because they are all so well developed and sympathetic. So, should you be watching this show immediately?
Verdict: 👍👍❤️(most loved!)